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Dave Choate

The Falcons are re-living the Matt Ryan pick and the 2008 NFL Draft today, and we’ll join them

Here’s what to expect.

Believe it or not, today is the anniversary of the 2008 NFL Draft. The Falcons uncovered several pieces that sparked their success from 2008-2012, but none bigger than Matt Ryan.

The team is going to be re-living that draft class today—particularly the Ryan pick—with “live” coverage of the 2008 draft. You can follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #10Yearsof2. We’re never one to miss the opportunity for a little well-aimed nostalgia, so you can expect...

The Falcoholic

Dave Choate

What the Falcons must accomplish in the 2018 NFL Draft

It’s less about positions and more about sustainably improving the roster.

Believe it or not, the 2018 NFL Draft is this week. We’ve waited a long time to see who Atlanta is going to wind up with, and after Saturday, we’ll know at last. When the dust settles and we know that class, we’ll have some initial thoughts on whether the Falcons accomplished everything they needed to accomplish or not.

So what do they need to accomplish?

#1: Get a starting-caliber defensive tackle

This is...

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Cory Woodroof

2018 NFL Free Agency: Falcons work out CB Will Blackmon

The veteran corner could add some post-draft depth.

While we’re in the midst of 2018 NFL Draft pre-hype, the Falcons look to be playing out a “Plan B” scenario should one position in the draft not go quite the way they hope.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports Atlanta is one of a handful of teams to host recent workouts for veteran corner Will Blackmon.

Veteran DB Will Blackmon is making the rounds. Worked out recently for the Seahawks, Browns, Colts and Falcons. Surprised some...

ESPN.com - Atlanta Falcons

WR Jones deletes Falcons pics from Instagram

Julio Jones' deletion of Falcons photos from his Instagram page was rooted in him wanting a "fresh start" on social media and nothing more, the team said.

The Falcoholic

Dave Choate

The top 2018 NFL Draft needs for the Atlanta Falcons

Here’s what we’re looking at for Thursday night and beyond.

The Falcons don’t have many urgent draft needs, which is a credit to their roster-building approach and something we pray continues forever and ever. That does mean the draft doesn’t carry the life or death urgency it did in say 2015 or 2016, but it does mean our list of needs is a little tighter and more focused.

This list has evolved a little bit since April 7 to reflect what the team has been telling us with their draft...

Yardbarker: Atlanta Falcons

Which Falcons player has the worst taste in music?

We’re digging deep to get the answers to the tough questions. We’re very serious journalists here at The Falcoholic. We cut through all of the fake news to get to the bottom of things that really matter, like which Falcons player listens to the worst music. I spoke with Vic Beasley, Josh Harris, Grady Jarrett, Austin Hooper, and Ben Garland to find out which Falcons player has the most embarrassing taste in music. I got a variety of answers, and you’ll have to listen to this mini...

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Dave Choate

Think you’ve got the best Atlanta Falcons mock draft out there? Prove it

‘Tis the mock draft season.

Mock drafts are part and parcel of draft season, and while it’s possible to be crushed under the sheer weight of them by mid-April, they can still be fun. Few things are more rewarding than nailing a handful of your picks, as rare as that ends up being, and it’s particularly rewarding to see a draft crush you mocked to the Falcons going there and then thriving.

@TheFalcoholic any plans to run a Falcons mock draft contest for your devoted readers? No...

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Cory Woodroof

The Falcoholic’s Story Birds, Episode 3, Charles McDonald

Charles McDonald takes us to school on how to evaluate NFL players.

The Falcoholic continues its new podcast, Story Birds, with host Cory Woodroof joined by NFL draft analyst Charles McDonald.

McDonald is a former collegiate athlete who took his football experience and applied it to becoming one of the bright young minds in player analysis. He writes for sites like ESPN, Football Outsiders and, of course, The Falcoholic, and hosts the Setting the Edge podcast.

The 2018 NFL Draft is right...

Atlanta Falcons

Matthew Tabeek

Questions about the Falcons’ offensive line, strength of schedule, adding a receiver, more

You've got questions about the Falcons and we've got answers -- Straight from the 'Beek

The Falcoholic

Allen Strk

2018 Atlanta Falcons draft: Putting together Dan Quinn’s tendencies

Dan Quinn has been praised for building a terrific team through the draft. Some of his success can be attributed towards being repetitive.

With the draft quickly approaching, it’s time to prepare for the Falcons’ next potential masterpiece. The revamped front office has done an exceptional job in building a championship-caliber roster through the draft. Finding the right players to meet their athletic and performance standards helped shape what appears to be a contender for years to...

Atlanta Falcons

Will McFadden

Early Bird Report 4/23: Falcons have an opening at fullback; Browns should draft two QBs

Today’s Early Bird Report includes the Falcons’ vacancy at an often-overlooked position as well as why the Browns should take two quarterbacks.

ESPN.com - Atlanta Falcons

Mel Kiper: Boom or bust with possible Falcons pick Taven Bryan

Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan could be an impact player for years to come. Or he could fizzle out quickly.

Yardbarker: Atlanta Falcons

Falcons land defensive tackle in our annual collaborative mock draft

Seems like an obvious choice, but which one? One of the oldest annual collaborative mock drafts from the long-defunct CBS forums found its way over to Live4SportNetwork and is now in its 9th year. A collaborative mock is something special, with different people representing each team. It isn’t just a case of some newspaper or TV guy saying “I think the Macon Mudskippers should take this guy in the first round, that guy in the second, and this other guy in the third”. This one is...

The Falcoholic

Dave Choate

Do Atlanta’s recent free agent signings change anything for the 2018 NFL Draft?

Short answer: No. Longer answer: No, but they’re interesting.

Earlier this week, the Falcons went ahead and brought on two defensive tackles and a cornerback, adding some low-cost veteran options to compete over the summer. None of these moves moved the needle or really grabbed all that much attention, which is understandable for April signings when the draft is about a week away, but we’ll give them a little more attention right now.

Here’s the vital question: Do any of these...

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Cory Woodroof

2018 NFL Draft: Falcons reported to have interest in TE Jake Roh

An interesting piece of news surfaces close to the draft.

So, Thursday’s the kickoff to the 2018 NFL Draft, and we’re about to have a flurry of Falcons news hit as to what new guys the team will bring into the Brotherhood.

NFL Draft Diamonds is a good resource to hear about those latter-round draft talents that don’t get all the attention in the world, and they’ve given a hint as to what guy the Falcons might be circling in on at the tight end position (via Falcfans).

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The Falcoholic

Jeanna Thomas

Falcons DT Grady Jarrett is going to be a damn problem for offenses next season

Jarrett’s getting ready to take his game to the next level.

Grady Jarrett’s been a solid performer for the Falcons over his first three seasons in the NFL. But expect bigger and better things from him in 2018.

Jarrett wants to make even more of an impact on the field, and he’s putting in the work this offseason to make it happen.

“I’ve been working, grinding, trying to get healthy and trying to find my way to get to the next level and just really challenging myself,” Jarrett...

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Jeanna Thomas

Vic Beasley and teammates support kids fighting childhood cancers at Rally on the Runway

Beasley and other Falcons players helped raise $332,000 to fight childhood cancers on Friday night.

By the end of Friday night’s Rally on the Runway event, the Rally Foundation had raised $332,000 to fight childhood cancers. Vic Beasley was proud to be a part of it.

This marked Beasley’s third year of serving as the honorary chair of Rally’s runway event. Working with Rally and the children and families they support has made an impact on Beasley.

“It’s an inspiration to me,”...

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Jeanna Thomas

Thomas Dimitroff ranks among best executives in the NFL

Dimitroff landed in the Top 5 in Gregg Rosenthal’s executive power rankings.

The Falcons have a pretty complete roster stacked with talent and very few positions of glaring need. That’s a big part of the reason that NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal ranked Thomas Dimitroff as the fifth-best executive in the league.

Atlanta has experienced exactly two losing seasons during Dimitroff’s 10-year tenure with the Falcons. The team has consistently been a playoff contender under his leadership....

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Cory Woodroof

Which 2018 first round talents have met with the Falcons?

As we get closer to draft night, let’s review our potential pool.

As you know, draft night is Thursday, and we’re getting closer and closer to seeing what the Falcons are going to do with that 26th pick.

Before we get there, though, let’s get out our flash cards and review which potential first round talents have met or have been linked with the Falcons.

We’ll use our handy-dandy Falcoholic draft prospect tracker, and double-check it with the Falcfans board, to make sure we’ve...

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The best Atlanta Falcons draft picks in every round

It’s a list that looks awfully impressive and then get depressing, as so many things do for the Falcons. In the run-up to the 2018 NFL Draft, there’s plenty to talk about, but I also like to re-immerse myself in the drafts of yesteryear. Today, I wanted to take a look back and see if I could determine (not without controversy) who the best picks in each round were. For my sanity’s sake, we’re going to lump all the historic eighth-and-later round picks into a single category. The...

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