Another prospect to visit Falcons

FIUSports.com Adam Caplan and Tony Pauline of Scout.com report that the Falcons have a visit scheduled with linebacker Antwan Barnes of Florida International.

Barnes (6’1″ 240) ran an impressive 4.43 40-yard dash at the Combine, as well as lifted 31 times on the 225-pound bench press, and had a vertical leap of 35 inches. He’s been a very productive player at Florida International. He began his career at strongside linebacker, but moved to defensive end during his junior season. Although most draft experts believe due to his lacking size, he’ll move back to his original position in the NFL.

In two seasons at linebacker, he started 15 of 22 games, combining for 110 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 1 interception returned for a touchdown, 2 blocked kicks, and 3 forced fumbles. The past two years at end, he combined for 21 starts in 23 total appearances, 114 tackles, 38 for loss, 17 sacks, 1 interception for a touchdown, 2 blocked kicks, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 recoveries.

He is graded as a mid-rounder by NFLDraftCountdown.com, but it is believed he may be a potential selection on Day 1 of the draft.

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