Atlanta Falcons 2012 Draft Rewind
Let's take a look at the 2012 NFL Draft for the Atlanta Falcons and how the players are producing today.
Players drafted: Six
Players drafted still on the roster: Two
First round pick: None
Notable late round pick/UDFA: Josh Harris, LS, Auburn
Atlanta didn't have a first round pick in 2012 as a result of the Julio Jones trade with Cleveland from a year earlier. Much of the Falcons draft was based around improving the offensive line and it started with the team’s first pick in Peter Konz, a center from Wisconsin. Unfortunately Konz has been dreadful in the NFL, having already been replaced by Joe Hawley, and saw his 2014 season cut short short due to injury. Although he is under contract, his future with the team looks bleak. Grade: C
Following the Konz selection, Atlanta used a third round pick on tackle Lamar Holmes from Southern Miss in the third round. Holmes has quietly been a solid contributor. After seeing just one game as a rookie, he was a full time starter at both tackle spots in 2013. In 2014, Holmes got hurt just four games into the season. Grade: B-
The only other productive player who joined Atlanta as part of the 2012 draft class was long snapper Josh Harris, who has been with the team all three years and the starting long snapper for all three. Grade : A-
Beyond those three, the Falcons draft is pretty rough.
Fifth round Wisconsin fullback Bradie Ewing spent two seasons with Atlanta, one of which was on injured reserve. In 2014 Ewing was placed on IR again by Jacksonville and retired shortly after. Grade : D
Fellow fifth pick, defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi had more success. Massaquoi seemed poised to explode after a solid sophomore year with 46 tackles and four sacks. He regressed a bit, recording only two sacks in 2014 before being released in the off-season and signed by the Titans. Grade: C-
Sixth round selection, safety Charles Mitchell from Mississippi State, played one season with Atlanta, appearing in ten games. Mitchell was last seen on the Broncos. Grade: D-
Atlanta’s final selection was South Carolina nose tackle Travian Robertson. Robertson would spend two years with Atlanta as an occasional starter and split time in 2014 between Seattle and Washington. Grade: C-
Total Grade: C
This was clearly a disappointing haul for Atlanta. Perhaps in a year or two, Holmes might be viewed as a more established pick. The rest of this class seems all but washed. Atlanta’s 2012 class exemplifies what happens for teams that not only fail to get a first round pick but also can't land a consistent contributor in the later rounds.