Question: If Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree are both available when the Falcons' turn comes up in the draft, which one of the former Georgia stars should they take?
Or should they pass on both?
These two possibilities would've seemed remote a few weeks ago. But then Olgetree got popped for DUI -- adding to his previous list of knucklehead decisions while in Athens -- and Jones' previously diagnosed stenosis raised red flags at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, reportedly causing some teamsto take him off their draft board entirely.
Now, this isn't to suggest that NFL mock drafts on various websites are scientific or, more to the point, accurate. But it's clear from some mocks that have been updated since the combine that Jones and Ogletree both are watching their stock plummet. Some have speculated that Jones could be the best player in the draft (ESPN's Mel Kiper had him rated No. 1 overall) and Ogletree was top 10 (Kiper had him seventh). But consider these randomly selected mocks from Wednesday:
-- Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has Jones falling to 15th to New Orleans and Ogletree going 32nd to Baltimore. Yes, he has the Falcons passing on Ogletree at 30, in favor of Texas defensive end Alex Okafor. Banks also has Notre Dame's Manti Te'o dropping out of the first round entirely. Quoting: "For now, until he runs a better 40 at his pro day, I'm working under the assumption that Manti Te'o might have dropped himself out of first-round contention with that 4.82 in the 40 at the combine. Ogletree has character issues that make teams wary, including a recent DUI, but Baltimore isn't afraid to take chances on a special player with a red flag or two."
-- USA Today's Tony Pauline also has Jones going to the Saints at 15 ("Jones might be a medical risk, but defensive coordinator Rob Ryan would get the most from his ability.") and Ogletree going 25th to Seattle. He has the Falcons drafting Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, calling him "a fine replacement if Tony Gonzalez can't be coaxed into returning for another season." This is in line with earlier mocks that had the Falcons taking a tight end, either Eifert or Stanford's Zack Ertz.
-- Of four mocks onNFL.comby former personnel chiefs or coaches -- Gil Brandt, Brian Billick, Scott Pioli and Mike Tannenbaum -- only Billick and Pioli have Jones as a top-10 pick (and neither has Ogletree). Billick has Jones going to the New York Jets ninth and Pioli projects him at sixth to Cleveland. Brandt has Ogletree (No. 19, New York Giants) going before Jones (No. 26, Green Bay), and he also has the Falcons taking Ertz.
-- CBSSports.com has two mocks: Jones goes fifth (Detroit) and 15th (New Orleans) and Olgetree isn't taken in the first round on either. Rob Rang has the Falcons taking Okafor, Dane Brugler has them selecting FIU strong safety Jonathan Cryprien (really?)
So there's a sample of what some think of the falling Dogs. Do you believe the concern is legitimate? Which one would you pass on? Neither? Both?