Virginia Tech CB Victor Harris
RedNose with the pick...
With a lot of good offensive talent, Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith have to think very hard about passing on some good prospects in favor of filling their glaring defensive wholes. By addressing linebacker in the 1st round and in free agency with veteran backer Mike Peterson, the Falcons have one component of their defense fortified. Now they need at least 1 bulky DT and 1 heady cornerback. Even though the decision the need at DT is probably greatest, there is no one the Falcons want to select with their 2nd rounder, so that will have to wait until the 3rd, 4th, or 5th round where their might be better value.
That leaves 3 prospects to mull over. A need at CB, and a couple of offensive game changers are the choices. The Falcons are not yet good enough on offense to start dismissing impact players even at positions where need may not be great. That said, as sexy as the offensive choices are, there is a corner that the Falcons have their sights on that they just cannot stand to let fall to another team. So the selection is Victor "Macho" Harris.
Here is the scouting report from NFLDraftscout:
"Positives: Natural playmaker. … Versatile athlete with the skills to help at multiple positions. … Alert zone defender. … Reads the quarterback's eyes and closes quickly on the ball. … Reliable open-field tackler who flashes explosiveness as a hitter. … Willing to dirty his jersey against the run. … Good lateral agility to elude blockers and will come up aggressively in run support. … At least adequate hip flexibility and straight-line speed. … Natural hands for the interception. … Can track the ball over either shoulder. … Good leaping ability and times his leaps well. … Can highpoint passes and shows the strong hands to snatch passes out of the air. … Reliable hands as a returner. … Good vision and burst as a returner.
Negatives: Might lack the hip flexibility and straight-line speed for man coverage. … Inconsistent press technique and lacks the burst to keep up with faster receivers if he misses his initial punch. … Likes to go for the intimidating hit and will occasionally fail to wrap up properly when dropping his shoulder into the ballcarrier. … Plays a flashy, emotional game and can get carried away on the field, drawing penalties."
Sounds a lot like a certain former teammate of his that we're all now very familiar with. If he plays as well as Brandon Flowers has so far, he'll get over the "lack of straight-line speed" critique.
Previous pick: C Eric Wood
Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)
On the clock: Miami Dolphins (shraggyj) and Baltimore Ravens (Ben S)
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|Pick||Round 2||Selection||Date||Approval Rating|
|1(33)||Detroit Lions - UCrawford||CB Darius Butler||Weds., April 8th||48%
|2(34)||New England Patriots (From Kansas City) - connerman||DE Robert Ayers||Weds., April 8th||67%
|3(35)||St. Louis Rams - Lanier63||DT Evander Hood||Thursday, April 9th||55%
|4(36)||Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway||DE Connor Barwin||Thursday, April 9th||68%
|5(37)||Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel||OT William Beatty||Friday, April 10th||67%
|6(38)||Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic||C Max Unger||Friday, April 10th||68%
|7(39)||Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns||G Duke Robinson||Monday, April 13th||72%
|8(40)||Oakland Raiders - mushin||T Phil Loadholt||Monday, April 13th||68%
|9(41)||Green Bay Packers - JasonM||DT Ron Brace||Tuesday, April 14th||62%
|10(42)||Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread||DE Michael Johnson||Tuesday, April 14th||60%
|11(43)||San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch||DE/LB Larry English||Weds. April 15th||67%
|12(44)||Miami Dolphins (From Washington) - shraggyj||WR Kenny Britt||Weds. April 15th||69%
|13(45)||New York Giants (From New Orleans) - ChiefsFan90s||LB Clint Sintim||Thursday, April 16th||64%
|14(46)||Houston Texans - ChiefsDude||FS Louis Delmas||Thursday, April 16th||37%
|15(47)||New England Patriots (From San Diego) - connerman||DE/OLB Paul Kruger||Friday, April 17th||64%
|16(48)||Denver Broncos (From Texans) - Keyser Sose||RB Donald Brown||Friday, April 17th||41%
|17(49)||Chicago Bears - Holmeslice||C Jonathan Luigs||Monday, April 20th|
|18(50)||Cleveland Browns (From Tampa Bay) - HIV2Elway||RB Shonn Green||Monday, April 20th|
|19(51)||Dallas Cowboys - chiefsfan1384
SS William Moore
||Monday, April 20th|
|20(52)||New York Jets - PSUkegreen||WR Mohamed Massaquoi||Tuesday, April 21st|
|21(53)||Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717||RB LeSean McCoy||Tuesday, April 21st|
|22(54)||Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56||C Eric Wood||Tuesday, April 21st|
|23(55)||Atlanta Falcons - RedNose||CB Victor Harris
||Weds. April 22nd|
|24(56)||Miami Dolphins - shraggyj||Weds. April 22nd|
|25(57)||Baltimore Ravens - Ben S||Weds. April 22nd|
|26(58)||New England Patriots - connerman||Thursday, April 23rd|
|27(59)||Carolina Panthers - 808NaNz808||Thursday, April 23rd|
|28(60)||New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s||Thursday, April 23rd|
|29(61)||Indianapolis Colts - saskwatch||Friday, April 24th|
|30(62)||Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99||Friday, April 24th|
|31(63)||Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH||Friday, April 24th|
|32(64)||Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33||Friday, April 24th|