Revisiting the Atlanta Falcons 2011 NFL Draft

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 29: Offensive tackle Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on October 29, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 29: Offensive tackle Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on October 29, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 30: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs is pressured out of the pocket by cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 30, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. ( Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images )
KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 30: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs is pressured out of the pocket by cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 30, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. ( Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images ) /

How did the Falcons end their 2011 draft? Was it with a solid player?

The pick: Cliff Matthews, Defensive End, 230th overall

Their impact: Matthews played five years in Atlanta, and appeared in 35 games.

He only racked up 28 tackles though and never made a start.

Obviously, our expectations should be low for 7th rounders, but let’s take a look at the undrafted options the Falcons missed.

Who else was available that round?: Dan Bailey, Chris Harris Jr. and Doug Baldwin all went undrafted.

Bailey is still starting for the Cowboys and has converted 88% of his field goals.

He has been named to a Pro Bowl and also one All-Pro team.

Chris Harris is a three-time Pro Bowler and also a Super Bowl champion.

He’s snagged 16 interceptions, deflected 73 passes, and has 413 tackles.

It’s crazy that Harris somehow went undrafted, considering he’s one of the best corners in the league.

Doug Baldwin also went undrafted but has caught 443 receptions since 2011.

He’s started nearly every game for the Seahawks since 2014 and has been to the Pro Bowl twice.

With nearly 6,000 receiving yards, Baldwin was another great pickup for Seattle in this draft.

Would they switch the pick?: Yes.

I’m going with Chris Harris here due to our depth at wide receiver.

Harris would form a great pair of rookies with Richard Sherman.

He’ll also add depth to our secondary that is turning into a real strength.