As the 2013 season kicks off with OTA’s and training camps, etc., I will be writing certain things as they progress. Look for articles and pieces to come together in the coming weeks.

I grew up a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and would call them my favorite team, easily. However, I want this blog to not be too broad and I want to focus on a regional team that I can cover easily. The Atlanta Falcons are 5 hours away from Charleston and I have plenty of family there to visit. So, I somehow came to the conclusion to write on them.

More to come.

Check out an article I wrote on FootballNation.com about Rams running back Zac Stacy. I give five reasons why he could have a monster career for the team.

http://www.footballnation.com/content/st-louis-rams-5-reasons-why-zac-stacy-will-shine-as-rookie/22922/1/com_120717_low_zacstacy_120717

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Check out the article on FootballNation.comI wrote on the college coaches with the most to prove in 2013. Make sure to spread the word and follow me on twitter @scoutingblitz

http://www.footballnation.com/content/5-college-football-coaches-the-hot-seat-2013/22911/

Here is some recent and  notable items that pertain to the Falcons and the future of the franchise.

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- The team recently was awarded a $200 million loan from the NFL out of the G4 fund. This fund was specifically set up by the NFL and the owners to award any team a substantial amount of money that was willing to invest in their own facilities. The Falcons will get this loan and technically not have to pay it back out of their own pocket.

How does that work? In theory, the league realizes that if a franchise betters themselves through stadium advancement, the leagues product will also enhance  This fund is set up to come out of the leagues future revenues and each of the leagues 32 franchises will foot the bill when it comes time to divvy up the profits. With the recent stadium renovations and buildings in cities like Dallas, San Francisco, and Philadelphia the league has used the G4 fund to better the product on the field and in the stands. The NFL is the most successful professional sports when it comes to revenue and Roger Goodell and the owners know that making better stadiums can only help, not hurt, the league in the immediate future.

Lets also not forget that with a new stadium comes benefits that are worth millions. Atlanta will be in prime position to host major college bowl games and the ultimate prize, the Super Bowl in the near future. Shown below is one of the stadium concepts being kicked around for completion in 2017:

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- It is being widely reported that the Falcons are in talks with veteran All Pro defensive tackle Richard Seymour. Seymour would be a welcome addition to the defensive line of the Falcons, even though he is in the back end of his career. He can still penetrate the line and make plays in the backfield, taking off pressure on the line backing corp and also new signee Osi Umenyiora. The Falcons have added some key pieces to the team, filling some major needs with some older free agents. You hate to say they are only doing it to make a Super Bowl push this year but it really seems as if they are loading up for that run. The team added some key draft picks for youth and development  but they are positioning themselves for an “all or nothing” type 2013 season.

Seymour would also be a great mentor to the youth that the Falcons have at defensive tackle, especially under performing former first rounder Peria Jerry.

- Of the Falcons eight draft picks, three of them still remained unsigned as of today.  First round Corner back Desmond Trufant, second rounder (also at corner back)  Robert Alford, and seventh rounder quarterback Sean Renfree all have not inked a deal with the team. Obviously the first two guys, Trufant and Alford, will need to get in camp to compete for starting roles immediately. On the other hand, Renfree is being touted as a potential star in the making as a backup to Matt Ryan. Renfree is widely considered the smartest and most instinctive signal caller in the Draft class.  He was tutored by David Cutcliffe at Duke, the same coach who mentored both Manning brothers into stardom.

ansashAccording to NFL.com, only three first round picks have signed with their respective teams. The fifth pick Ziggy Ansah,  the 15th pick Kenny Vaccaro, and the 20th pick Kyle Long have all agreed to sign for an undisclosed amount. As we get closer to OTA’s we will see a rash of signings and I will keep you updated. Below is a list of picks and I will updated that as they come in.

1Eric FisherOTKansas City ChiefsUnsigned 

2Luke JoeckelOTJacksonville JaguarsUnsigned 

3Dion JordanDEMiami DolphinsUnsigned 

4Lane JohnsonOTPhiladelphia EaglesUnsigned 

5Ziggy AnsahDEDetroit LionsSigned Five years, terms undisclosed

6Barkevious MingoDECleveland BrownsUnsigned 

7Jonathan CooperGArizona CardinalsUnsigned 

8Tavon AustinWRSt. Louis RamsUnsigned 

9Dee MillinerCBNew York JetsUnsigned 

10Chance WarmackGTennessee TitansUnsigned 

11D.J. FlukerOTSan Diego ChargersUnsigned 

12D.J. HaydenCBOakland RaidersUnsigned 

13Sheldon RichardsonDTNew York JetsUnsigned 

14Star LotuleleiDTCarolina PanthersUnsigned 

15Kenny VaccaroSSNew Orleans SaintsSigned Four years, terms undisclosed

16EJ ManuelQBBuffalo BillsUnsigned 

17Jarvis JonesOLBPittsburgh SteelersUnsigned 

18Eric ReidFSSan Francisco 49ersUnsigned 

19Justin PughOTNew York GiantsUnsigned 

20Kyle LongGChicago BearsAgreed Four years, terms undisclosed

21Tyler EifertTECincinnati BengalsUnsigned 

22Desmond TrufantCBAtlanta FalconsUnsigned 

23Sharrif FloydDTMinnesota VikingsUnsigned 

24Bjoern WernerDEIndianapolis ColtsUnsigned 

25Xavier RhodesCBMinnesota VikingsUnsigned 

26Datone JonesDEGreen Bay PackersUnsigned 

27DeAndre HopkinsWRHouston TexansUnsigned 

28Sylvester WilliamsDTDenver BroncosUnsigned 

29Cordarrelle PattersonWRMinnesota VikingsUnsigned 

30Alec OgletreeILBSt. Louis RamsUnsigned 

31Travis FrederickCDallas CowboysUnsigned 

32Matt ElamFSBaltimore RavensUnsigned 

Courtesy of a list that is compiled by RotoWorld.com, here is a list of all the available free agents that your team could possibly sign to fill out some post draft roster needs.

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Fullbacks

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Tackles

Offensive Guards

 

Centers

Defensive Ends

Defensive Tackles

Rush Linebackers

Outside Linebackers

Inside Linebackers

Cornerbacks

Safeties

Kickers

Punters

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As I finished up my recap of the 2013 NFL Draft, I wrote an article about 5 players who have elite skills but slipped in the process. For whatever reason, these five guys dropped in the process into the fourth to seventh rounds and for that will have an even harder road to make an NFL squad. However, don’t count these five guys out and look for them to make an immediate impact in the NFL.

 

http://www.footballnation.com/content/2013-nfl-draft-5-late-round-picks-with-pro-bowl-potential/22688/