Falcons pick Takkarist McKinley dedicates draft night to late grandmother, drops F-Bomb on live TV

Sometimes emotions get the best of you. But who really cares in the case of defensive end Takkarist McKinley, who was drafted No. 26 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in Thursday’s draft. McKinley was raised by his late grandmother, and he promised her one day he would make it to the NFL. So when he gave NFL Network’s Deion Sanders an interview while holding a framed portrait of...
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Atlanta Falcons trade up to select Takkarist McKinley at No. 26

Moving up to the 26th pick, the Atlanta Falcons select Takkarist McKinley adding to their stout defense. Coming off a Super Bowl loss that never should have been, the Falcons honestly didn’t need much to make another viable run. New Atlanta teammate and Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones sent a welcoming message to the rookie: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America – via...
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Takk McKinley says ‘fine me later’ after F-bomb

Takk McKinley won the NFL Draft with an emotional interview he gave upon being drafted.The former UCLA pass rusher was taken No. 26 overall by the Falcons, who traded up to get him.McKinley paid tribute to his later grandmother at the draft, carrying around a picture of her. He then explained in an interview with Deion Sanders of NFL Network that he promised his grandma on her deathbed...
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Falcons Select DE Takkarist McKinley

The Falcons selected DE Takkaris McKinley with the No. 26 overall pick in the NFL Draft
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UCLA Football: Draft Day Profiles-Takkarist McKinley Selected By the Atlanta Falcons

Former UCLA Football DE/OLB Takkarist McKinley was the 26th selection by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here at Go Joe Bruin we believe in giving you readers the most up to date information and plenty of little knowledge nuggets so here is Takk’s Draft Day Profile. BOOM! Former UCLA Football DE Takkarist […] UCLA Football: Draft Day Profiles-Takkarist McKinley Selected...
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2017 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons Last-Minute Rumors

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Falcons Draft: 2017 Social Scoop

Where is #FalconsDraft trending and what are the Falcons saying on Twitter? Keep up with the social scoop here during the 2017 NFL Draft.
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Report: Falcons ‘plotting a potential move up’ in first round

The Atlanta Falcons could potentially trade up from the 31st pick in the draft, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Everything is extremely volatile right now. There probably isn’t a team that hasn’t taken a call about moving in one direction or another and smokescreens are constantly afloat this time of year, so it’s nearly impossible to know just how true this is.The Falcons...
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Falcons 2017 NFL Draft Primer

Here's everything to know about the Falcons ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft
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A look at Dimitroff’s draft-day trading record

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons general manger Thomas Dimitroff is always ready to make a deal during the draft. He’s made at least one trade in every draft since joining the team before the 2008 draft. The 2017 NFL...

Pro Football Focus: Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole is one of the team’s best pass rushers

Fact: Brian Poole in an amateur tomato grower The Atlanta Falcons knew Brian Poole was a talented football player. That’s why they made signing Poole a priority in the week following the 2016 NFL draft. The former Florida Gators defensive back was ridiculed by so-called draft experts who fretted about his short stature and merely average playing speed. One thing is certain: he...
Via The Falcoholic
2 days ago

Falcons draft rumors: Atlanta mulling swap up with Seattle for a pass rusher

It would be a jump of about five swaps, and would reportedly cost a fourth round pick. Tony Pauline seems to have his finger on the pulse of draft rumors this time of year, and ESPN’s Vaughn McClure is a pretty reliable reporter. When they both start talking about the Falcons trading up at the same time, it’s worth noting, because they both started talking about Keanu Neal about...
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2 days ago

2017 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons Final 7-Round Mock Draft

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2 days ago

Falcons make it official, exercise fifth year option for Jake Matthews

It ensures the Falcons will have their starting left tackle through 2018. Talk about your no-brainers: The Falcons have exercised Jake Matthews’ fifth-year option, as expected. Matthews has had his ups-and-downs, but has been a pretty durable, effective starting left tackle, and those are not easy to come by. Exercising the team option just makes sense for Atlanta, as he’ll...
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2 days ago

Falcons not looking for ‘angels,’ but won’t draft Joe Mixon

The Falcons realize that not every player they draft will have a squeaky clean record. They’re willing to tolerate a few minor character flaws. But that tolerance only goes so far. Joe Mixon is off their draft board, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Falcons don’t want guys who punch out women, but this team named for a bird isn’t necessarily looking for players...
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Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel signs restricted free agent tender

When then Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan sought to bring Taylor Gabriel on last offseason, no one really expected the former Cleveland Browns wide receiver to play a huge role in Atlanta’s offense.After all, the team had Julio Jones on the roster and just signed Mohamed Sanu to a big money free agent contract. Though, Shanahan knew what he was getting in Gabriel...
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Falcons GM on drafting red-flagged prospects: ‘We’re not looking for angels’

The Atlanta Falcons may be willing to take a risk on a prospect with potential character concerns in the NFL draft later this month.Speaking on Thursday about Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and other red-flagged prospects, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, according to Knox Bardeen of CBS Atlanta. However, Dimitroff wouldn’t commit to Mixon specifically still being...
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Dirk Koetter admits he would rather not be on ‘Hard Knocks’

There probably isn’t an NFL coach that actively wants his team to be on “Hard Knocks,” and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter is no exception.In a Wednesday press conference, Koetter admitted that, while a fan of the show, he would rather not be the subject of it.“I like watching the show. I wish I wasn’t on it,” Koetter said, via Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft do’s and don’ts for the Atlanta Falcons

With the NFL Draft just days away, every fan is eagerly awaiting to see what rookies will join their team next season. The pressure is highest for NFL front offices to make the right calls so no pick is wasted. The Atlanta Falcons find themselves in a good position entering the draft, having filled multiple needs already this offseason, but the draft is one of the craziest days in...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons 7-Round Mock Draft

With the NFL Draft less than two weeks away, the Atlanta Falcons are in full-on draft mode trying to fill the remaining holes on the roster. The team has a major vacancy at right guard, needs a young option opposite Vic Beasley, and needs to find depth at safety, tight end, and linebacker. This is a reasonable wish list for the team and if this year provides similar returns to last...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Falcons Pro Bowler Roddy White retires from NFL

Longtime Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday in a series of tweets. White did not play football last season after being released by the Falcons, but had not officially retired until now. He finishes his career with a franchise-record 10,863 receiving yards and 808 receptions — over 200 more than Terance Mathis, who...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan’s journey of self-inflicted pain

You can’t blame a player for getting hung up on a Super Bowl loss, especially if it’s the unprecedented 25-point blown lead the Falcons endured back in February. It would be fair to argue that Matt Ryan is one of the least culpable people for that particular defeat. Sure, he wasn’t without error in the quarter-plus of the Super Bowl, but his offense was responsible for 21 of...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan watched Super Bowl meltdown three times after loss

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan admits he is still struggling to get over the team’s historic meltdown in Super Bowl LI, one that ended in a stunning New England Patriots’ overtime victory.The Falcons of course blew a 28-3 lead as the Patriots mounted an improbable comeback that began in the third quarter. Ryan, arguably a glutton for punishment, claims to have watched...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

What should the Atlanta Falcons do with their first pick?

The Atlanta Falcons, unfortunately, have the 31st overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. At this stage, the top-level talent will obviously be off the board, but lucky for the Falcons, this draft happens to be very deep in terms of talent. A lot of players who are taken in the late first and early second round this year will turn out to be very productive NFL players...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons Receiver Julio Jones Thinks No One in the NFL Can Guard Him One-On-One

[bridplayer id="8447" video="129098"] When Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones isn't dealing with injuries, the 4-time Pro Bowler is nearly impossible to stop. As he himself says, no one can guard him one-on-one. RELATED: Julio Jones Is a Human Cheetah During Wednesday's media session for Super Bowl LI, Jones was asked if he thinks anyone in the NFL can guard him one-on...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

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