NFL.com tracks the fan mood for each team with its Draft Mood Across the Nation board. A mood can range from Bummed, Worried, Indifferent, Hopeful and Excited.
The consensus among Falcons fans? Hopeful.
While hopeful is a common theme among NFL teams just before draft day, it is well-suited to the Falcons.
Coming off back-to-back winning season for the first time in franchise history, the Falcons can finally assert themselves as a contender year-in and year-out.
The Falcons won nine games last season despite several starters missing significant time (Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, etc).
A healthy 2010 plus key free agent acquisitions (Dunta Robinson, Matt Girodano) and a need-based draft (DE/LB) should equal a playoff berth and perhaps a return to the top of the NFC South.
What do you think? Are you a hopeful Falcons fan? What’s your mood heading into draft day? Let me know in the comments.