The Falcons’ Depth Chart Reinvented

Editorial Staff

Selecting a player in the early rounds of the NFL Draft can create a lot of excitement for a team’s fan base. Think Matt Ryan in 2008.

It can also cause great disappointment when that player doesn’t perform up to their draft pick. Think Jamaal Anderson in 2007.

Draft picks make a big splash and get the most coverage, but a lot of long-term starters in the NFL were never drafted. In fact, 36% of the Falcons current 80-man roster are undrafted free agents (UDFAs).

So what would the Falcons depth chart look like if the players were chosen by their draft position alone? I wanted to find out.

Hit the jump to see players not judged by their performance on the field but based solely on their draft position.

Using this method means those undrafted players like Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo aren’t on the list. The same goes for specialists Matt Bryant, Michael Koenen and Joe Zelenka.

Having said that, here’s the Falcons depth chart as organized by their draft position.

Bolded names are expected starters in 2010

PositionStarter (Drafted)2nd String (Drafted)3rd String (Drafted)
QBMatt Ryan (3)Chris Redman (75)DJ Shockley (223)
RBJerious Norwood (79)Michael Turner (154)Jason Snelling (244)
FBDan Klecko (117)Ovie Mughelli (134)
WR1Roddy White (27)Harry Douglas (84)
WR2Michael Jenkins (29)Kerry Meier (165)
TETony Gonzalez (13)Justin Peelle (103)Keith Zinger (232)
LTSam Baker (21) Will Svitek (187)
LGJustin Blalock (39)Mike Johnson (98)
CJoe Hawley (117)Todd McClure (237)
RGQuinn Ojinnaka (139)
RTGarrett Reynolds (156)Blake Schlueter (225)
PositionStarter (Drafted)2nd String (Drafted)3rd String (Drafted)
RDEJohn Abraham (13)Lawrence Sidbury (125)
RDTJonathan Babineaux (59)Vance Walker (210)
LDTPeria Jerry (24)Corey Peters (83)Trey Lewis (186)
LDEJamaal Anderson (8)Chauncey Davis (128)Kroy Biermann (154)
WLBMike Peterson (36)Spencer Adkins (176)
MLBCurtis Lofton (37)Coy Wire (97)
SLBSean Weatherspoon (19)Stephen Nicholas (109)Robert James (138)
RCBChevis Jackson (68)Brian Williams (105)
FSThomas Decoud (98)Matt Giordano (135)
SSWilliam Moore (55)Erik Coleman (143)Shann Schillinger (171)
LCBDunta Robinson (10)Christopher Owens (90)Dominique Franks (135)

Is it that far off from reality? Thirteen (or 59%) of the expected starters this year were drafted higher than their position counterparts. I found it very interesting to see just how much better (or worse) a player can become regardless of their draft position.

Do you like this bizarro world where draft position decides which players start? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.