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Round 1: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama While the Atlanta Falcons had certain positions of need, they went best player available for this selection. Calvin Ridley declared after his junior year to enter himself into the NFL Draft, with many believing he was the best receiver in the draft class. Carolina and Baltimore had the chance to take him but decided to go with other players instead. Ridley adds yet another deadly weapon in this offense. His route-running is about as crisp as any, and he is exceptional for yards after the catch. He has never had a legitimate quarterback...Continue reading »

Starting next week, we will begin a series on YouTube called “four-minute Fridays” where we give a rundown of everything that took place in Atlanta Sports during that week. It will be a new and exciting thing for us, and we will be sure to give you the best product possible. In the meantime, head over to the YouTube channel and hit the subscribe button and turn our alerts on so you are notified when we post our first video! Although we won’t be posting a video for this week, there was just too much going on this week to not at least write about it. Atlanta...Continue reading »

The Falcons hit on a home run pick on Thursday night. They chose another stud Alabama wide receiver in Calvin Ridley. At 26th overall, this is an incredible value. The Falcons got arguably the top receiver in this year’s draft class in Ridley, who likely fell due to the offense he played in at the college level. Jalen Hurts threw mostly short passes and ran the ball himself a lot, which stunted Ridley’s production. However, Ridley is a crisp route-runner who should be ready to contribute day one. When he had a gunslinging quarterback his freshman year in...Continue reading »

Mike Gesicki– TE, Penn State The Falcons would not go back-to-back skill position players in the first two rounds would they? Like I have said many times before, Thomas Dimitroff always seems to have a few tricks up his sleeves during the draft. Gesicki has all the potential in the world to be a bonafide superstar at the tight-end position. He will not ever be a superior blocking tight end, but the ability to become one of the best red-zone threats in the NFL is there. Austin Hooper was lackluster as the team’s starting tight end a season ago, and with Levine...Continue reading »

With very few holes on this Atlanta team, it is possible they go a number of different ways with their first pick in the draft. Drafting a defensive tackle is a must, but with many solid options available at the position in the second and third rounds, the Falcons could choose to hold off on picking a defensive tackle first. This could be a draft where Atlanta decides to reload on offense, as they could use another receiver, offensive guard and tight end. Maybe they use that first-round pick on a stud receiver like Calvin Ridley out of Alabama. One thing is for sure,...Continue reading »

The Hawks have decided to part ways with former NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer: The Atlanta Hawks and coach Mike Budenholzer have mutually agreed to part ways, league sources told ESPN. Story soon on ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 26, 2018 This is a huge blow for Hawks fans, as Budenholzer is a top five coach in the league. However, this had to be expected when the front office ultimately decided to undergo a rebuild and stripped Budenholzer of his front office role. The candidates for the job are as follows: Sources: Among current assistant...Continue reading »

Falcons trade down in the draft, possibly out of the first round Atlanta is one of the most talented teams in the NFL, with very few glaring weaknesses. They would ideally love one of the top defensive tackles to fall in their laps at pick #26, but there are a few top guys that will likely be taken before their pick and then a bevy of solid options that will be available in the second and third rounds. Some might think Dimitroff will pull off a trade to move up and snag one of those top defensive tackles, like he did last year with Takkarist McKinley and even more infamously...Continue reading »

One year ago around this time, Atlanta United were seven games into their inaugural season and boasting a 3-2-2 record. The atmosphere was already fantastic, the fans were excited, and of course, the Orlando trash talk was plentiful. As the season moved forward, fans were able to learn more about their new, beloved squad, and watched them fight their way towards earning a home-field advantage for the MLS Cup playoffs. The season ended in disappointing fashion when the Columbus Crew topped the Five Stripes in penalty kicks thanks to a world-class showing from Zack Steffen,...Continue reading »

The Braves will be calling up top prospect Ronald Acuna for Wednesday’s tilt in Cincinnati: Source: Ronal Acuña has been called up to the Big Leagues. #Braves. — Daniel Álvarez Montes (@DaniAlvarez_16) April 25, 2018 The future is now Atlanta fans. With Jose Bautista and Tyler Flowers also close to major league action, there is reason for optimism for this offense. ...

He may not ever end up in Cooperstown, but Andruw Jones has the resume. The 10-time gold glover may be the best defensive centerfielder in the history of the game. If he is even receiving any type of consideration for the Hall of Fame, by default the Braves need to retire his number. With all due respect to Tyler Flowers, it just does not feel right watching another man wear that number with a tomahawk across his chest. Flowers only has one year left on his deal, and he is viewed as a short-term asset. When the two parties move on at some point, the Braves front office...Continue reading »