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  1. Ranking the needs: Quarterbacks

    Pat Yasinskas

    We continue our pre-draft rankings of position-group needs with the quarterbacks. Remember, the earlier the ranking, the greater the need. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Freeman is entering a "prove-it" season. What if he starts off poorly? I can't...

    Blog | April 22, 2013
  2. Falcons keep plowing with Peter Konz

    Pat Yasinskas

    As it turns out, the Atlanta Falcons aren't planning to jump over that playoff hurdle that's been talked so much about. They simply plan to plow right through it. The latest evidence came Friday night when the Falcons used their second-round draft...

    Blog | April 27, 2012
  3. NFC South draft analysis

    Pat Yasinskas

    As three division teams were winning 10 or more games last season, we often discussed the possibility that the NFC South is the best division in the NFL. That topic is always going to be open for debate. But here's one thing I think we can say wit...

    Blog | April 30, 2011
  4. Falcons' plan on Julio Jones was calculated

    Pat Yasinskas

    Before taking the biggest leap in Thursday night's first round, the Atlanta Falcons spent as much time researching Alabama receiver Julio Jones as they did on franchise quarterback Matt Ryan when he came into the league in 2008. In this radio inte...

    Blog | April 29, 2011
  5. Falcons go all-in for Julio Jones

    Pat Yasinskas

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- I just finished a news conference with Carolina coach Ron Rivera and Marty Hurney, walked out and got hit with the news the Atlanta Falcons had traded up to grab wide receiver Julio Jones at No. 6. Wow, that's a leap. In fact, i...

    Blog | April 28, 2011
  6. Draft Watch: NFC South

    Pat Yasinskas

    Each Thursday leading up to the NFL draft (April 28-30), the ESPN.com blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today's topic: Dream scenario/Plan B. Atlanta Falcons Dream scenario: It's no secret the Falco...

    Blog | April 21, 2011
  7. NFC South mocking with McShay

    Pat Yasinskas

    Todd McShay has his latest Insider mock draft and it includes some very interesting picks for the three NFC South teams that don't have the No. 1 overall pick. Like just about everyone else, McShay has the Carolina Panthers taking Auburn quarterb...

    Blog | April 13, 2011
  8. At No. 27, Dimitroff in comfort zone

    Pat Yasinskas

    When he was hired as general manager of the Atlanta Falcons back in 2008, Thomas Dimitroff was given some instructions by owner Arthur Blank. With the Falcons coming off the Bobby Petrino mess and Michael Vick's legal issues and suspension, the me...

    Blog | April 07, 2011
  9. Draft Watch: NFC South

    Pat Yasinskas

    Each Thursday leading up to the NFL draft (April 28-30), the ESPN.com NFL blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today's topic: decision-makers. Atlanta Falcons Make no mistake, general manager Thomas Di...

    Blog | March 31, 2011
  10. Putting the Falcons on the clock

    Pat Yasinskas

    "SportsCenter" is running its "On the Clock" series and the first NFC South team to be featured is the Atlanta Falcons. That's mainly because the series is running in reverse order of the draft order. The Falcons have the No. 27 overall pick, which ...

    Blog | March 18, 2011
  11. Draft Watch: NFC South

    Pat Yasinskas

    Each Thursday leading up to the NFL draft (April 28-30), the ESPN.com NFL blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today's topic: draft rewind -- examining the past five drafts. Atlanta Falcons Best choice...

    Blog | March 17, 2011
  12. Mocking the first round of the draft

    Pat Yasinskas

    With much of the world focused on Sunday's Super Bowl, we in the NFC South are reduced to looking ahead to the NFL draft. That's not a bad thing because it's the next big event for each of the four division teams. Between now and April, the mock d...

    Blog | February 01, 2011
  13. Best draft class in NFC South history?

    Pat Yasinskas

    As we wait for the NFL schedule to be released (presumably sometime this week) and I work on some player profiles to advance the draft over the coming days, I took a little break to ponder the best and worst draft classes in NFC South history. By ...

    Blog | April 12, 2010
  14. Draft Watch: NFC South

    Pat Yasinskas

    Each Wednesday leading up to the NFL draft (April 22-24), the ESPN.com blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today's topic: Recent history. Atlanta Falcons In general manager Thomas Dimitroff's first dr...

    Blog | March 10, 2010
  15. Ryan timetable should be based on logic, not emotion

    Pat Yasinskas

    The Falcons sound serious about starting QB Matt Ryan from day one. That could be a serious mistake, writes Pat Yasinskas.

    Story | Conversation | May 01, 2008
  16. NFC South: Panthers take uncharacteristic gamble

    Pat Yasinskas

    When the dust settled on the 2008 draft, each NFC South team found itself with some new and much-needed ingredients, Pat Yasinskas writes.

    Story | Conversation | April 27, 2008