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Today I'll give you my picks for Atlanta and Houston. Let's get rolling...
19.) Atlanta Falcons - Derrick Morgan DE/OLB, Ga Tech
Thomas Dimitroff, GM of the Falcons will be beside himself if Morgan falls to them at #19.
Atlanta's biggest need after the season was in the DS but with the signing of FA Dunta Robinson (from the next team in the draft), and the recovery of Brian Williams (CB) they can look elsewhere to help their so-so defense.
Derrick Morgan would be a great fit at DE in the Falcons' 4-3 defense. He would be a solid addition opposite of John Abraham and next to last year's 1st Round Pick Peria Jerry (DL). Morgan is sturdy enough to help against the run and he is disruptive in the backfield as well which could lead to a handful of sacks over the course of the season.
Atlanta drafted Jamaal Anderson (DE) out of Arkansas in the first round of the 2007 draft to help with their pass rush....he's not been the answer having totaled only 2 sacks in his 3 season career.
A lot of the mock drafters have Derrick Morgan long gone by this pick and actually have Atlanta selecting Brandon Graham (DE/OLB) from Michigan at this pick. I think that Morgan could slide because of the 'upside' of Jason Pierre-Paul that has everyone excited.
There are the wild cards in Oakland and Jacksonville that could select Morgan as a true DE in their 4-3 defenses so he could be long gone by this pick. I think that Morgan ends up staying in the state of Atlanta though and is drafted by the Falcons.
If the Falcons do manage to land Morgan, you'll be able to hear Brees and Josh Freeman 'pucker-up' a little bit on draft day if you know what I mean......
Lone Star State here we come...
20.) Houston Texans - Kyle Wilson, CB Boise State
As I described above, Houston lost Dunta Robinson (CB) in FA to the Atlanta Falcons. In a division with Peyton Manning Houston will look to add a good, young corner back early in the draft.
Wilson is included in a pool with several of the other CB's in this draft because none of them have really been able to pull away and clearly distinguish themselves as the 2nd best CB in this class.
I'm giving Wilson the slight edge over Kareem Jackson (CB) Alabama, Patrick Robinson (CB) Florida State and Devin McCourty (CB) Rutgers because of the immediate contribution in Special Teams that he will provide. Wilson finished his college career with 3 Punt Return TD's; they all happened his senior year. Wilson also managed to nab 5 INT's his senior campaign.
It's been said that Wilson has a great nose for the ball and good awareness for a Defensive Back. The Texans are hoping that whoever they land will have as an impactful season as last year's 1st Round Pick - Brian Cushing (OLB) USC, who finished as the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year AND he was selected as a Pro-Bowler for the proverbial 'Icing on the Cake'.
I'll see you back here tomorrow as I go over the picks for the Bengirls and the team synonymous with SpyGate.