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Braves Players Advise Falcons on NFL Draft

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Apr 22nd 2008 6:00PM by Will Brinson
Apparently content with sitting at 10-9 and third place in the National League East, members of the Atlanta Braves roster have turned their attention to more important matters: the 2008 NFL Draft. Of course, the hometown Falcons have the third pick, and with Jake Long off the board, have been rumored to have interest in any number of players, including Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan, Glenn Dorsey and Chris Long.

A few Braves — and Charles Howell, III, as well, since he’s a Falcons fan — recently offered up their choices for the number three pick. Jeff Francoeur thinks Matt Ryan or Glenn Dorsey since you “need an impact player” and quarterback and defensive end are the best spots for that. Chipper Jones called for Ryan as well, assuming Jake had been drafted. (He has.) And Kelly Johnson pointed out that Chris Long is the way to go, but if he isn’t there, why not take an offensive lineman; if the player “not a stretch [to pick] at 7, I would get him at 3.”

But perhaps the strangest pick came from Chucky Three Sticks, who is obviously so beat down by his Falcon fanship that he missed that whole Michael Turner signing:
I’ve been a Falcons fan for a long time and it’s sad to see what’s happened to that organization. It’s a tough call. I honestly would take Darren McFadden, if he were available. He’s too good of a player to pass up. I wouldn’t trade the pick.
Now, it’s not inconceivable that the Falcons pull trigger on McFadden. He is talented, despite his off field issues, but it also seems a bit redundant with all the money they threw at Turner. The safer bet is that they take Chris Long in the spot or possibly look to trade down with a team that has a greater interest in Ryan or McFadden.

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