The Falcons 2007 (day 1) draft was very much like the girl next door. While ATL did not pick anyone that was drop dead sexy, they did go for need. In other words they played it safe. The girl next door is always hot in her own special sort of way. You know what I am talking about.
Jamaal Anderson (DE – Arkansas) was taken with the 8th overall pick. I think this guy has some potential and should be able to help step in and fill the void left by Patrick Kerney. I have read that Anderson will take a couple of years to develop, but I have a feeling that he is going to contribute from day one (and only get better over time).
Justin Blalock (OG – Texas) was taken 39th overall (7th pick of the 2nd round). This guy is what we need on o-line; big meat that can move the pile. At Texas Blalock played guard and tackle, but the Falcons should be targeting him to start right away at left guard. SI had Blalock rated as 1st round potential (in their mock draft) and had him as the number one guard in a weak draft at the guard position.
Chris Houston (CB – Arkansas) was taken 41st overall (9th pick of the 2nd round). This guys is going to be a burner; maybe not a shutdown corner back, but he will be able to hold his own at the beginning of the season, which will allow Jimmy Williams to move to safety. Houston was probably another guy that could have been a 1st round pick (SI had him going in the 1st round in their mock draft); great value pickup.
I do not know anything about Laurent Robinson (WR – Illinois State) who was taken 75th (11th pick of the 4th round). I saw one report that said he is a tall guy that can run crisp routes, but he tends to drop the ball some. Ouch. That is just what we need; another guy that drops the ball.
All in all, a pretty decent day one. Nothing special, but several needs were filled with the top three guys potentially considered 1st round material by some pendants. Maybe not sexy, but certainly worthy of the girl next door status.