Posted: 4:13 pm Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Should Falcons trade up for Clowney? (Yes) 

By Jeff Schultz

Jadeveon Clowney could be a difference maker for Falcons. Gerry Melendez/The State

Jadeveon Clowney could be a difference maker for Falcons. Gerry Melendez/The State

I just finished a column (posted soon on MyAJC.com) on my three-point plan to fix the Falcons. Actually, it’s not so much a three-point plan as it is three questions about the team going into this offseason’s intended repair job by general manager Thomas Dimitroff and his staff.

Here’s a link to the full column (subscription).

I’ll share the beginning with you: It focuses on Jadeveon Clowney.

Most of you know what the defensive end brings to the table, having watched him the last three years at South Carolina. There are two concerns related to Clowney and the potential of his landing spot in Atlanta:

• 1.) Can his relatively poor season be attributed simply to him trying to avoid injury before declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft, or is it an indication of a bigger problem with his mental makeup?

• 2.) Would it cost the Falcons a Julio Jones-like boat load of draft picks if they sought to move up from their sixth overall draft position to get Clowney?

My thoughts on both of these concerns are in the column.

In short, I believe this is a move that the Falcons should make. It won’t cost a ton of picks and Clowney would impact their defense in a way no other player available to them this offseason can.

So now I’m putting it to you. Do you think the Falcons should make a move for Clowney?

220 comments
jeremyanderson
jeremyanderson

The funny thing is that the Falcons have one bad season in the last 5 seasons and all of a sudden our front office doesnt have a clue to Falcons fans of what there doing these are the kinda fake fans that dont understand the game of football and realize that when we talk about Clowney everyone wants to look at his poor season and say he is gonna be a bust and a horrible pick but yet in his last season in college he may have had a bad season but how many real people can say there gonna be a beast when they have the flu and are injuried the man played hurt and sick id like to see some people even get out the bed and go to work with the flu well in truth its not gonna happen so looking at Clowney as a person some say he has a bad character and he doesnt hes not a trouble maker(if you bring up his ticket how many have you had....???) or a cancer in the looker room he hypes his defence and makes everyone around him better so let the Falcons Staff do what that have been doing great for the last 5 season or really since the TD/Matt Ryan Era do what they do the Falcons made some mistakes last season with letting some needed player walk and some bad free agency pick ups but its not all bad the Falcons could win a SB soon..... but we need a man on the Dline young and crazy to put fear in QBs we have 0 on the team and before last season we only had John Abe and before that Pat Kerney Falcons need to hit free agency to get some solid oline and get young on Defence look at the seahawks and what they did to Denver 1 Dlineman caused or effected the 2 interceptions just one...... 

VirgilSeagle
VirgilSeagle

We need a guy whose motor is running continually instead of periodically.

Jmonty
Jmonty

The Falcons drafting Clowney would be a HUGE mistake.  He is not what they need.  Poor attitude, bad work ethics...etc;  If they want a good LB Barr is the best choice.

JaySly
JaySly

maybe thomas can trade 5 draft picks to get clowney!  it worked great before!!!!

Jhunt163
Jhunt163

I would rather address the defense with free agency, maybe Michael Johnson from Cincy, and take Mason from Auburn to help our running attack.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

There's a reason he's named "Clowney" - think about it...

CobbBraveNightmare
CobbBraveNightmare

And what the Hell's happened to DeCoud? Played really lousy in 2013.

countryboyy
countryboyy

i feel itsa bad move to trade up for clowney  they need more than him  matter of fact i feel hes another andre bruce he  was a bust several years ago 

RONSNO
RONSNO

Question:  Why would a guy  trying to be a top pick in the NFL not play hard to avoid injury?, that reasoning makes no sense this guy may not be as advertised.

Enoch19
Enoch19

Clowney is all talent but no heart.  I would not trade up for him.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Dimitroff is not as dumb as he looks with his gel-spiked hair and pink and purple shirts.

Then again, now that I think about it - yeah I guess maybe he is!!

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Hell yes. And Dimitroff is the man to do it! He can simply pkg 5 or more of our draft picks to move up about 5 slots - you know, like he did with Julio. And look what wonders that has done for our team.

Tommy Boy is a young genius! He'll get our man if he has to trade half our team to do it! Good thinking Schultz. That's why you make the big money at the paper - ha!

TideDawg
TideDawg

I would really be worried about Clowney's work ethic. In the NFL you get dinged up a lot and Clowney doesn't appear to have the courage to play with a few dings. He could start slacking off early in his contract to get ready to sign another contract. Spurrier said of Clowney "If he doesn't want to play, he won't play". That doesn't sound like a player that will commit to giving his best at all times. I think Clowney is only interested in the big money and not committed to performance.

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

FALCONS DRAFT


#6 JADEVEON CLOWNEY DE OR ANTHONY BARR DE


#37 DAVID YANKEY OG / C  OR CYRIL RICHARDSON OG


#68 KELVIN BENJAMIN WR/ TE OR TRE MASON RB


#99 GABE JACKSON OG OR JACK MEWHORT OT


#135 DANIEL MCCULLER DT OR TERRANCE BROOKS FS


#166 ISAIAH CROWELL RB OR BRANDON COLEMAN WR


#197 ZACK KERR DT OR J.C COPELAND FB


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

OL STARTERS


EUGENE MONROE, BLALOCK, #37 DAVID YANKEY, #99 GABE JACKSON, BAKER


BACKUP


KONZ, HOLMES, HAWLEY,


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Falcons free agent signing on offense.


Eugene Monroe LT


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peachs
Peachs

We need an offensive line first, a good fullback second, a new tight end. We can survive with our defense we have coming back next year, but they are going to have to sustain drives, manage the clock and be the last field goal kicked with one second on the clock in this league. Unless Clowney kicks field goals we don’t need him for the price we pay.

TomGaff
TomGaff

After seeing the Senior Bowl, I'm not so sure I would take Clowney over Dee Ford(AU)? Ford seems fast and strong?

TomGaff
TomGaff

I know a lot of you disagree with me but here goes any way. Spend about $10-12 million and go get FA's Harvey Dahl(Rams), Clabo and Incognito(Miami) and Todd McClure(out of forced retirement. That group could get more done than the below mentioned young guys? At least the above mentioned three would be more fun to watch. A fight ever now and then, a flagrant roughing foul(for going up someone;s head) is not necessarily a bad thing. I guess most of you disagree with me? FA's for the OL and then build your DL through the draft with big mean tough players. Those that play till the whistle and sometimes even after? Agree or disagree? 

TomGaff
TomGaff

Carey Sahlbom - Probably the same person who signed B J Upton and Dan Uggla(Braves) signed Sam Baker(Falcons) also?

CareySahlbom
CareySahlbom

If i remember correctly, they tried Baker at right tackle and he was worse there than at left tackle.  So don't count on him for Rt. Tackle either,  who knows, he may not be 100% after his surgery anyway.  Baker gets 7 million a year with the new contract he got last year! What were the Falcons thinking? plain out stupid if you ask me. 

CareySahlbom
CareySahlbom

In my previous article, i meant to say move Konz to Rt.Guard and Keep Hawley at center until they can draft a top flight center next year.  

CareySahlbom
CareySahlbom

Absolutely No!  He isn't worth the first pick in the draft!  To have to motivate this defensive end is a joke!  if he can't motivate himself to play at a high level then the Falcons certainly don't need him on their team.  Remember Jamaal Anderson?  He had 16 1/2 sacks his last year in college and was a can't miss for the NFL, well guess what?  He failed miserably for the Falcons!  We just don't need another can't miss-yeah right! type of player.  


Draft a HIGH MOTOR highly rated linebacker named Barr with the sixth pick or trade down a few spots but not out of the top ten and take OT Robinson or Mathews,  or LInebacker Barr or Mack,   one or two will still be there and plus we can pick up a 2nd round and maybe a 3rd round picks by trading down.


We need more than one player Mr. Schultz!  There is no quick fix for the Falcons,  So don't believe Mr. Blank and Mr. Dimitroff,  what has he even done with the draft for 5 years, trade away five picks for J. Jones, that did work out good for us but sure cost a lot of picks too.


Jeff,  keep to writing facts and don't listen to the Falcons front office, next year will prove there isn't such a thing as a quick fix when you don't have the talent on board to win with.   Mr Blank will keep spending all his money on free agents!  How has that worked out?  getting over the hill players for premium money that no other teams in the NFL would even match!  Laughs are on you, Mr. Blank-Check!


My suggestion for the offensive line is this: move Reynolds from Rt. Guard back to his natural position of Right Tackle and see if he can do the job. Move Konz to Center after a full off-season of WEIGHT LIFTING!  all he needs is strength and only one way to get it--in weight room everyday!  If he can't hold down Rt Guard then play Harland Gunn who can actually run block!  Left Tackle: Falcons signed him for 6 years at 7 million dollars a year, he must play so that is that or eat the contract and cap space he takes up!  Left Guard Blalock had an off year or is he getting a tad slower after 10 years?  Better draft a Left Guard this year in 2nd or 3rd round this year and Please don't draft another project again, need starters!  Example: Lamar Holmes!  Well, need i say more,  oh yes,  we still need that large wide body nose tackle that Dc Nolan covets,  wonder if we draft one this year?  i doubt it, doesn't fit Mr. Dimitroff's skill players only mentality.   all for now and this is enough!


RandyFalcon
RandyFalcon

No! Take Matthews or Robinson for LT. Move Baker to RT. Sign a road grader type right guard in FA. We have too much money tied up in Ryan and the rest of the offense not to complete the line and protect him. Sign another FA pass rusher. Spend the rest of the draft on defense and depth.

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

ZACK KERR DT 6'3 340POUNDS


Why is this guy not at least rank in the second round, SMH


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

DL STARTERS


#6 CLOWNEY OR BARR, LINVAL, BAB, HOUSTON


DL BACKUP


OSI, #197 ZACH KEER, #135 DANIEL MCCULLERS, MASQOUI


devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Free agent signing for Falcons on Defense.


Linval Joseph DT


Lamarr Houston DE / DT


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Something is wrong with this city, how not want the best d@m defensive player in the draft, this why Atlanta sport will all ways be at the bottom, SMH


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



23Zone
23Zone

clowney takes too many plays off and is not in shape to play 60 minutes---ATL need help on the oline, not D-end.  Trade down and get more picks!

Blasingame
Blasingame

You just spent a ridiculous amount of money for your quarterback.  You have pretty much the worst offensive line in the NFL.  It makes sense on some dim, primal level that the quarterback should be protected, right?  It might even spice up the running game a tad which would seem to be a good thing, right?  It probably won't happen; offensive linemen, while doing the lion's share of the work, don't get the headlines or the fantasy football raves.  Too bad they're essential to the game.  Maybe the NFL can outlaw them.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

The more important question after that would be, "Can the Falcons Coaches Motivate Him to Play with 100% Effort when He is on the Field". No doubt  is very capable of playing in the  league with all of his physical attributes and natural ability, but it seems even Spurrier had trouble keeping him motivated at times. The kid has unlimited potential but he will not get away with taking time off when playing as a pro and as a rookie, with a high price tag and acclaim,  he will meet some old pros who specialize in bringing a rookie down a few notches, and would like nothing better than to knock his head off, if the opportunity presents itself. He is now entering the world of big boy football, and it is no longer a game. We will now find out if he has the heart to go along with that amazing potential. If Coach Smith and staff land him, I hope they can teach him the reality of real life as well as shape him into a all star as well.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Jeremiah Attaochu, Yes

Jadeveon Clowney, No

DisgustedFan
DisgustedFan

Would love to see them trade up and get another top 10 pick -- we could get 2 stud OL  men


We need them. 


They can go OL for every pick and that would not bug me in the least


They can fix the defense next yr -- it will take 2 off yrs to fix this mess aqnyway

DisgustedFan
DisgustedFan

Clowney is the next Aundray Bruce -- get a left tackle & keep the pciks

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

CLOWNEY is the man,


anyone else is BORING.

zuzu331
zuzu331

Draft Clowney? Of course not.The Falcons need Offensive Line help desperately.

The Things We Think But Do Not Say:

The Media needs Clowney and will not speak the truth. There must be The Great Hyped Up Rookie every year,this is what keeps people talking,arguing over who's best for what team,buying scouting report magazines,buying papers...

Jadeveon Clowney (6'6,274) is grossly overrated and will be a bigger bust than Aundray Bruce (6'6, 270),a near clone of Clowney in terms of size,technique and,most importantly,maturity and mental toughness.Bruce was another physically gifted yet unmotivated,immature kid on his own program,coming out of Auburn in '87. Of course Clowney has toyed with the level of competition hes faced thus far,just like Bruce did in College. They were physical freaks of nature,bigger,stronger and faster than nearly anyone else on the field at every level up to this point. The size,speed,talent and ferocity parity of the Pro Game will overwhelm him,as it did Bruce.

When Clowney hits the NFL he will learn,as Bruce did,what it stands for:Not For Long....

OldFan
OldFan

Greg Robinson, the Offensive Tackle from Auburn is a super stud.  Very, very athletic. Ask CBS's Gary Danielson about him.  Danielson raved all year on CBS about him driving that Auburn running game. He is the best big guy in the draft, bar none.  He is so darn good at the left Tackle spot and we all know that our QB needs it badly. Move Sam Baker to the right side.  He has a few years left and would do well there.


BravoDawg
BravoDawg

Falcons need a tight end, a couple of OL, a running back, a couple of DL, a couple of LB, & a couple of DBs! Damn how many picks is that we need to improve???  they are hurtin for certain

BravoDawg
BravoDawg

NO! he takes plays off, comes in out of shape, & cant drive ask Coach Spurrier! if Matthews is gone get the OL from Auburn Mr Robinson, then draft for all defense cause we still dont have one!!!

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

I would too - but you and I are not in charge. The guy in charge will give you his best 5 picks to move UP 12 positions!

JSSN
JSSN

@devounknown1000 

Because he (Kerr) depended on his raw football skills. He flunked out of Maryland back in 2010. This made a lot of teams suspicious regarding if he'd pick up NFL schemes quickly (or take up a roster spot waiting for him to catch on). In actuality, he's too fun to be a Falcon! He can out talk Weatherspoon, he's a good guy!

zekeI
zekeI

@devounknown1000 Absolutely! Except for a couple of years with the Braves, ALL ATLANTA PRO TEAMS ARE TERRIBLE!! And will continue as such for the future!!!

zekeI
zekeI

@devounknown1000 Absolutely! Except for a couple of years with the Braves, ALL ATLANTA PRO TEAMS ARE TERRIBLE!! And will continue as such for the future!!!

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@devounknown1000 

If Clowney is gonna half-@$$ it when he hasn't gotten paid YET, then what is he going to do with a $15-20MM signing bonus in the bank.

Count me out with Clowney, I'd rather have high motor players that play at a high level ALL THE TIME, those that think they can "turn it on and off when they want to" always seem to get exposed in the NFL playing against grown @$$ men!

DisgustedFan
DisgustedFan

@OldFan


Robinson or Matthews -- it is a win win one way or another. 


The Falcons need both a Tackle (or 2) and a center.