Out of 10 randomly picked major sports publications for the 2012 Atlanta Falcons draft projections, zero of the players mention were actually selected during the Draft.
So with 50 guesses (five available picks by 10 services) none of them were picked by the team on draft day.
Most of the writers were from major national publications, and not true followers for the Atlanta Falcons.
We will see if we can do any better for the 2013 Draft.
I will give two picks for every selection (anticipating that Atlanta will have a fourth and seventh round compensatory pick). Unlike 2012 picks by so-called experts, I expect the multiple players on this list to appear on the Atlanta Falcons' draft card!
We all know that Tony Gonzalez is going to the Hall of Fame and you cannot replace him, but in 2013 the Falcons will have a tight end by committee.
Thomas Dimitroff signed Chase Coffman late in the year and he had a pretty good catch against Seattle in the playoffs. The New Orleans Saints have proven that a good tight end can pay dividends.
Since Thomas D. is a branch off the New England Patriots tree, look for him to follow the New England blueprint and draft a big physical tight end to continue to stretch the field.
With their 1st round pick and the 30th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select: Tyler Eifert, tight end, Notre Dame.
He fits the Falcons' system perfectly. Tyler is a tall rangy tight end that will go up and get the ball. He will have a record-setting career with the Atlanta Falcons.
If Tyler is not available the Falcons will select a defensive end. It is doubtful that Sheldon Richardson will be available.
If he is, the Falcons will select him. I do not think he will be, so if Tyler Eifert is not available the Falcons will select Sam Montgomery defensive end from LSU.
Kroy Biermann has emerged as a future replacement for John Abraham and as a great rotational guy along the defensive line. He may be able to add some strength, power and a couple extra moves in the off season and continue to grow as a solid defensive end in the NFL, long-term.
With Abraham getting older, the Falcons will use this second pick in the Draft to add another piece to their defense that needs to get bigger on the line.
With their 2nd round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select: Margus Hunt, defensive end, SMU.
This very tall defensive end blocked17 kicks during his college career.
He is still a little raw as he did not play organized football before 2009.
John Abraham will take him under his wing and teach him how to be an All-Pro defensive end.
No passes will ever go out to the flats on his side, since he measures well over 7 feet with his arms up.
However if the Falcons do not draft a tight end in the first round, look for them to select Zach Ertz in the second!
3. Outside Linebacker
The playoffs proved that the Falcons struggled with tight ends. In order to plug the hole in the future, the “Dirty Birds” will have to think a little outside the box.
Instead of taking the guy considered to be the “best available” they will look for a faster, leaner linebacker to come in on passing downs and in certain packages to cover tight ends and rush off of the edge.
Stephen Nicholas will have a place on this team because of his ability against the run and his low contract numbers, but expect him to rotate and move around more on the field.
With their 3rd round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select: Zaviar Godden, outside linebacker, Missouri.
This guy is a speedster, with a low 40 time of 4.38. His slow time of a 4.6 is still faster than EVERY tight end projected to come out of college this year in the Draft or as a camp hopeful.
Did I mention that he is 6-2, 233 pounds. He is the perfect candidate as a stand up speed rusher off the end, or to cover a tight end in the flats.
The Falcons have a history of success with Missouri products with linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and Pro Bowl safety William Moore.
Zaviar will turn out to be the steal of the draft and put up production similar to Jarvis Jones during his career at Georgia.
If he is not available look for them to draft Trevardo Williams from Connecticut
4. Running Back
There will be running backs like Nile Davis, Spencer Ware, Stefphon Jefferson and Cameron Marshall that get an invite into camp because they could make a team as a third or even fourth running back.
One of them may turn out to be this year’s Dominique Davis. Since it is unlikely the Falcons will not hold on to Michael Turner, it will be important to add a complementary back to Jacquizz "Quizz" Rodgers this year.
It is possible that the Falcons will not be interested in Montee Ball or Le'veon Bell because they have were used a lot in college (maybe a little to much), but since they will be sharing the load with Rodgers, it is possible. If Marcus Lattimore falls to the Falcons, they will take him. Since he will not...
With their 4th round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select: Christine Michael of Texas A&M.
This is a big guy who is quick on his feet. Best of All he was underused at Texas A&M in his senior year.
He has both good speed running a 4.38 (low) and average time of 4.57.
If Christine is not available expect the Falcons to draft Stephen Taylor or Jawan Jamison who are similar size and speed. Both backs posting over 1,000 yards this season.