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Cory Woodroof

Poll: Who was the Falcons’ best 6th rounder ever?

This might actually be a close contest.

After deciding that Grady Jarrett was far-and-away the best fifth-round selection the Atlanta Falcons have ever made, it’s time we head out to the sixth round, where quite a debate awaits.

Trying to pin down who the best sixth-round Falcons draft pick is will not be an easy task.

No true recent franchise stars have emerged from this round, so it’s hard to really go with the guys we always talk about. Punter Matt Bosher is a recent stud at the...

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Cory Woodroof

2019 NFL Draft: AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter sends Greedy Williams to Falcons in final mock

Could another LSU defender be Atlanta-bound?

We’re getting closer and closer to the Falcons making another first-round pick to bolster their roster, and the team’s top beat reporter has made his final guess as to where that goes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter has sent LSU CB Greedy Williams to the Falcons in his last 2019 mock draft.

Here’s his reasoning for the move.

This is the move for the Falcons. Don’t trust them taking an offensive lineman here...

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Cory Woodroof

Top prospects in the draft talk Falcons in the run-up to Thursday night

Notable names like Ed Oliver, Greedy Williams, Cody Ford, Jonah Williams and more talk Dirty Birds.

Thought they didn’t always get a nice breach of shade coming in on Nissan Stadium, many of the 2019 NFL Draft’s expected first-round picks got their chance to field a few questions ahead of Thursday night’s big extravaganza.

The Atlanta Falcons sit squarely at Pick 14, though we all know that could change with GM Thomas Dimitroff’s track record.

It’s been surmised among the...

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Cory Woodroof

2019 NFL Draft: What names might the Falcons find at Pick 14?

If they stand pat, how might this go?

If you can believe it, the 2019 NFL Draft is just a day away, and we’re going to know soon enough who the Atlanta Falcons will pick.

Falcons GM “Trader” Thomas Dimitroff might choose to once again get antsy and trade away his 14th pick up and down the selection spectrum, but there’s always the chance he might just stand pat and take what he’s got in front of him.

Should he do that, what should Falcons fans expect as possible picks?

Let’s...

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Kevin Knight

Join us for The Falcoholic Live’s Draft Party on the first two nights of the 2019 NFL Draft

Join the crew of The Falcoholic Live, plus a bunch of special guests, for a live show during the first two nights of the 2019 NFL Draft! We’ll be discussing the picks as they happen and providing commentary, analysis, and good old-fashioned hot takes.

Fellow Falcoholics, what will you be doing during the first two days (aka Rounds 1-3) of the 2019 NFL Draft? If you’re at home and/or have access to the internet, you should join the staff of The Falcoholic for The Falcoholic Live’s Draft...

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Falcons pick up Keanu Neal's fifth-year option

The Falcons exercised the fifth-year option on safety Keanu Neal’s contract, per a team announcement. This was yet another no-brainer fifth-year option decision.  The 23-year-old (24 in July) has started in all of his games since entering the league as the No. 17 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In 2017, Neal earned a Pro Bowl nod after racking up 113 tackles, six passes defensed, four tackles for a loss and one interception. His much-anticipated follow-up was wiped out by an ACL tear...

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Falcons exercise fifth-year option on Keanu Neal

The Falcons announced today that they have exercised Keanu Neal’s fifth-year option for the 2020 season. Neal was the 17th overall pick in the 2016 draft. In his first two seasons, the safety out of Florida had 218 tackles, 14 passes defended, and eight forced fumbles along with one interception. He’s the enforcer at the back end of the secondary that has allowed the Falcons’ defense to take substantial steps forward since he was drafted. Last year, Neal tore his ACL in week one of...

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Falcons exercise 5th-year option on S Keanu Neal

The hard-hitting safety will hopefully return to Pro Bowl form in 2019. Keanu Neal’s career thus far has been a solid one for the Falcons. After having a combined 218 tackles during his first two seasons, he tore his ACL in the first game of 2018, and the Falcons clearly missed his intensity on the field. Some good news came our way today, as the Falcons announced they have exercised the fifth-year option for the 2016 first-round pick, keeping him through at least 2020. After being a...

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NFL Draft prospect Justin Sumpter shares how he could fit into the Falcons’ offense

Sumpter, a Kennesaw State standout, spoke with the Falcoholic about his draft preparation and more. If you’ve followed Kennesaw State football at all, you’ve heard of Justin Sumpter. The talented wide receiver is on the Falcons’ radar this draft season, and for good reason. Wide receiver isn’t a tremendous need for Atlanta, with talent like Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Mohamed Sanu Sr. camped out in the top three spots on the depth chart. So why should the Falcons consider...

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Matthew Chambers

Falcons draft rumor tracker

We capture the good, the bad, and the probable lies: every Falcons draft rumor.

Earlier we warned you that almost everything you will hear before the draft is a lie. It’s the time of smoke screens, manipulation, and an occasional truth sneaks out. Even top analysts get bad info from their regularly accurate sources. This list will create a great record of who got it right and who got it wrong in later years.

Instead of ignoring everything, we are going to cover each rumor right here from...

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How Thomas Dimitroff composes a masterpiece: the Falcons’ War Room Big Board

As the first round of the NFL draft approaches, fans have read every single mock draft variation from mainstream analysts like Todd McShay and Mel Kiper. Both McShay and Kiper routinely produce highly coveted predictions in the media. When in actuality, it is unbranded analysts such as Bob McGinn and Jason Boris who habitually construct more accurate mock drafts every year. Begging the question, how do these high-profile draft analysts recurrently underperform in comparison to some beat...

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EricJRobinson

Falcons NFL Draft Scouting Report: Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston

Fact: The Falcons were the winners in the NFL schedule release videos.

You can pretty much expect the Atlanta Falcons to address the cornerback position fairly early in the 2019 NFL Draft. Here is another corner prospect to keep an eye on.

Things are looking quite flexible in terms of the Atlanta Falcons draft strategy going into this year’s edition of the NFL Draft. Could the Falcons go corner in round one? Or will they address the offensive line? Will they make a blockbuster trade to...

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Matthew Chambers

It is officially lying season ahead of the NFL draft

Every year NFL teams, player agents, and everyone in between are leaking bad information to media.

Every rumor, report, or news tidbit we pass along in the next few days will likely be prefaced with some qualifier along the lines of, “this may be true but also everyone is lying right now.” Every season social media gets flooded with inaccurate information, even from typically qualified members of the media.

It is lying season.

Players are shooting up and down draft boards, per sources....

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Dave Choate

Report: Falcons still open to trade up for DL Ed Oliver

It’s silly season, but we can’t totally discount the possibility of the Falcons snagging the Houston DT just yet.

The Falcons have bulked up at defensive tackle to the extent that they arguably have no immediate need at the position. Grady Jarrett is one of the best young DTs in the NFL and the team has run-stopping and pass rushing options between the likes of Tyeler Davison, Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat and Ra’Shede Hageman, and their rotation is already better on paper than it was...

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Evan Birchfield

The 5 most interesting draft day trades in Falcons History

There’s been some memorable ones..

The 2019 NFL Draft begins later this week, so I viewed this as a good time to review some of the more memorable draft trades in Atlanta Falcons history. The team has been rumored to be interested in possibly moving up to select a defensive lineman, so let’s review some of the more interesting draft trades that they’ve pulled the trigger on thus far.

5.) 1985 NFL Draft

In the 1985 NFL Draft, the Falcons held the 4th overall selection. They really...

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James Rael

Austin Hooper sheds light on route running change coming to Falcons offense in 2019

Fact: Austin Hooper uses 6-7 dryer sheets per load

Falcons tight end Austin Hooper found his stride in 2018, earning his first Pro Bowl nod and becoming a household name in the process. And looking ahead to the 2019 season, Hooper figures to play a prominent, essential role in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s Falcons offense version 2.0.

Three years ago, Hooper was a Stanford draft prospect with allegedly questionable route running ability. Now Hooper is a seasoned vet, and he’s...

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Cory Woodroof

Poll: Who was the Falcons’ best 5th rounder ever?

Here’s another good conversation to be had about the Falcons’ draft history.

We’re continuing on with our draft polls for the best picks in Atlanta Falcons history, and we’ve reached the fifth round to process through.

The fifth round has been a recent groundswell of talent for the team, with starters like Grady Jarrett, Ricardo Allen and Damontae Kazee all finding stirring success under Dan Quinn.

After that, you have a spattering of quality role players from the Mike Smith era,...

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Evan Birchfield

The Falcoholic’s Falcons Fan Spotlight: Lee Wong

Let’s hear from the fans!

Greetings, Falcoholics, I’m back with another edition of The Falcoholic’s “Fan Spotlight.” This segment highlights Atlanta Falcons fans from around the globe and shares how they became a fan of the team and their thoughts on the franchise.

This week’s Fan Spotlight is on Lee Wong. Lee is a current resident of Atlanta, after moving to the city in 1994 from Miami, Florida. His birthday is in October, and October in Atlanta is always special. The NFL, CFA...

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Dave Choate

DE is the top Falcons draft need, per Falcons fans

The fans have spoken.

We’re days away from the draft, and so it’s time to get your final thoughts on the team’s biggest needs. With our latest FanPulse poll, we did just that, and the results were pretty predictable, if in direct opposition to what many analysts have been writing.

That’s a pretty resounding answer, and it’s still sort of shocking to see how large the disconnect between the team (which has talked a lot about tackles, defensive tackles and cornerbacks), the media...

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Cody Ford would solidify the Falcons O-Line in the first round

As the draft moves closer and closer; the more I feel that the Falcons will not be taking a defensive lineman in the first round. They have loaded up on some quality depth signings at defensive tackle and added Adrian Clayborn to give them some more options at defensive end. The Falcons will draft defensive lineman, but it appears to be a secondary need behind the offensive line; which makes Cody Ford, the offensive tackle out of Oklahoma, an intriguing selection with the 14th overall pick....

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