Mock Monitor 9.0

Mock Monitor 9.0

Jay Adams

Published April 2, 2013 at 8:30 AM


Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant is becoming a popular selection among the mock drafts

As we are officially into the month of the NFL Draft, the mocks around the Internet are a-changing.

We’ve seen Stanford tight end Zach Ertz have a stranglehold on the majority pick for nearly the entire month of March, and in April’s first look at the Mock Monitor, that grip has slipped.

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert and Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant are the two most popular picks among the mock drafts this week, each garnering four picks from our panel of experts. The two college prospects are about as different as possible when it comes to serving the Falcons’ needs, especially in 2013.

While Eifert would be the clear heir apparent behind future hall-of-famer Tony Gonzalez, Trufant would likely need to come in and play a significant role right away.

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The mocks show that the opinion is that the Falcons could go cornerback, tight end or defensive end with the No. 30 overall pick, although we’ve seen the defensive end position slip in popularity for the Falcons after last week’s signing of Osi Umenyiora.

ESPN.com draft guru Todd McShay updated his draft, saying that even with the Umenyiora addition, the Falcons could use another defensive end and projects them to take Florida State’s Cornellius “Tank” Carradine.

FoxSports.com’s Pete Schrager, who has been the lone mock draft expert to project the Falcons to trade the No. 30 overall pick, updated his draft this week and still has the Falcons set to trade away the selection to the New York Jets, who he has using it to take Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel.

What’s your gut telling you this first week of April?

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