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With the 27th Pick in the 2011 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the Atlanta Falcons Select...


With the 27th pick in the 2011 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select...

Brooks Reed, OLB/DE, Arizona

This selection and write-up was made by Clinton Blankenship:

I know many of you just spit out your beverage of choice onto your computer of choice but hear me out. In this mock so far all the top tier offensive tackles, defensive ends, corners and wide receivers have been taken.  Other possibilities, say a Pouncey or Kyle Randolph also have been taken. With all these considerations I came down to looking at Dimitroff’s drafting and player style. A high motor, hard working player, bonus points if he shines at the Senior Bowl (see Weatherspoon, Sean). I was left with five choices in my opinion:  Mark Ingram, Adrian Clayborn, Danny Watkins, Jonathan Baldwin and Brooks Reed. Watkins is the highest rated guard but not a glaring need. Baldwin keeps fluctuating on draft boards but again not a huge need. Ingram is the number one running back and was close to being the pick; however, I think Snelling makes the Falcons feel good backing up Turner.

That leads us to Clayborn and Reed. Clayborn to me reeks of Jamaal Anderson, their bust from 2007. He’s got pretty much the same measurable as Anderson, and the same questions. By process of elimination I ended up with Brooks Reed. He’s got speed, is almost the exact size of John Abraham, so he could possibly play down as defensive end. With his speed you could have him play outside linebacker since Mike Peterson I believe is a free agent.  This also allows him to be a pass rusher on throwing downs and giving the older Abraham some rest. I believe whoever winds up drafting this kid is getting a steal at the end of the first round; maybe not as big as the Clay Matthews steal, but in the same territory.

I don't think too many people will be spitting their beverages out after seeing this pick; recent reports seem to have Reed creeping into the end of the first round. I think the deliberation process and the ultimate selection was good. Position wise, I think Matt Ryan could really use another receiver to improve offensive production, but they can still address that in the next round.

The New England Patriots are back on the clock next (email will be sent to Onyx Lightning).

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Carolina Cameron Netwon
QB Auburn BrownDawg1409
2 Denver Marcell Dareus DT Alabama Bernie19Kosar
3 Buffalo Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson discoinferno083
4 Cincinnati A.J. Green WR Georgia macdowellm03
5 Arizona Patrick Peterson CB LSU Browns town
6 Cleveland Cameron Jordan DE California golanbatrac
7 San Francisco Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska rufio
8 Tennessee Von Miller OLB Texas A&M iwearmocs
9 Dallas Nick Fairley DT Auburn Granville74
10 Washington Robert Quinn DE North Carolina Rounds94
11 Houston Aldon Smith DE Missouri rdy
12 Minnesota Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri Simmsinns
13 Detroit Tyron Smith OT USC BuenosAires_Dawg
14 St. Louis Julio Jones WR Alabama Don'tByBrownsQBJerseys
15 Miami Mike Pouncey OG Univ. of Florida jaws
16 Jacksonville Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue sleepy042
17 New England J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin Onyx Lightning
18 San Diego Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA Adrock2099
19 N.Y. Giants Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame Red-Right-88
20 Tampa Bay Justin Houston OLB Georgia Legoman0721
21 Kansas City Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College Mehouf
22 Indianapolis Nate Solder OT Colorado PaduaDSP
23 Philadelphia Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin booobs33
24 New Orleans Muhammed Wilkerson DT Temple Buckeye Brad
25 Seattle Jimmy Smith CB Colorado bross09
26 Baltimore Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi State Ecwingen
27 Atlanta Brooks Reed OLB Arizona Clinton Blankenship
28 New England Onyx Lightning
29 Chicago jharbdo
30 N.Y. Jets Roger Dorn
31 Pittsburgh
32 Green Bay ScottJC