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Mock Monitor 1.0


You loved it, and now it's back. This is the first week of the 2012 Mock Monitor, where we, well, monitor the mocks to see what the Internet thinks the Falcons will do in the 2012 NFL Draft.

It's important to point out, however, that this year's Mock Monitor will be a bit challenging since not many mock drafts go into the second round. Luckily, we have found a decent number that do.

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Looking at our first survey of mock drafts, the consensus points to the Falcons using the No. 55 overall pick to select a tight end — with Stanford's Coby Fleener being the most popular selection.

Fleener, at 6-foot-6, 244 pounds, fits very much into the same mold as future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, who is an inch shorter and a pound lighter. Fleener finished fourth in receiving yards among tight ends in the FBS in 2011 — his senior season — with 667 and scored 10 TDs, which tied him for 10th in the country among all receivers.'s Mel Kiper has Fleener as his No. 3 tight end, behind Clemson's Dwayne Allen and Georgia's Orson Charles, both of whom were selected by our survey of mocks in this week's Monitor.

Allen's numbers were close to Fleener's last season, as the junior had a solid year with eight touchdowns on 598 receiving yards. Allen was named the 2011 John Mackey Award winner for best tight end in the country and was also an All-America selection and All-ACC first-teamer.

Charles, the smallest of the three TEs on the Monitor this week, caught 45 passes for 574 yards and five touchdowns and was a finalist for the Mackey award, an All-America pick and an All-SEC selection.


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