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Falcons Work Out Mack, Ealy and Amaro

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

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Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy

The Atlanta Falcons had a busy Wednesday, as not only did they look at defensive end Jadeveon Clowney during his pro day in South Carolina, they also conducted several workouts at their own facilities in Flowery Branch, GA.

Two players that were reportedly brought in to work out were Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack and Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt.

ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports that the Falcons also conducted a workout for Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro on Wednesday.

Mack is considered one of the top prospects in this year’s draft class, and the Falcons previously had checked out him during his pro day. He could potentially be the team’s top selection in the draft. He finished his career tied as the NCAA’s career leader in tackles for loss with 75. He also had a school-record 28.5 sacks.

Ealy is widely considered a first-round prospect as well, but is unlikely to be under consideration for the Falcons’ sixth overall pick. Instead, he may be in the mix in the second round, where the Falcons hold the 37th overall selection. Ealy finished this past season with eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss.

Amaro is considered one of the premier tight ends in this year’s class, coming off a junior year that saw him catch 106 passes for 1,352 yards (12.8 avg) and seven touchdowns. His receptions led the Big 12 Conference and ranked seventh in the nation in 2013. His yardage mark became a single-season record for tight end. Most of Amaro’s production came this past year, as he missed six games as a sophomore due to a ruptured spleen.

He is considered to have first-round potential, although the Falcons are likely hoping he is available at the top of the second round where they pick.

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Falcons Work out Clowney at Pro Day, Schedule Visit

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Atlanta Falcons have lined up a workout with South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The Falcons sent scouts along with defensive line coach Bryan Cox and outside linebackers coach Mark Collins to Columbia, SC today to witness Clowney’s workout. Collins helped put Clowney through his paces during linebacker coverage drills as the pro day was broadcast on NFL Network this morning.

Clowney is widely considered the top prospect in the 2014 draft class, and it has long been rumored that the Falcons are one of many teams pthat could facilitate a trade up to get him since he’s not expected to be available when the Falcons go on the clock with the sixth overall selection in the first round.

Clowney publicly expressed interest to play for the Falcons back in February prior to the Scouting Combine, where he put on a show similar to his impressive performance at today’s pro day. At the Combine, Clowney ran a 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, and jumped 37.5 inches for his vertical and 10 feet, 4 inches on his broad jump.

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Towson’s Terrance West Set to Visit Falcons

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Towson running back Terrance West has a predraft visit schedule with the Atlanta Falcons. The time of when the visit is set to occur is not yet known.

West is coming off a record-setting junior year, rushing for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns, prompting his early entry into the 2014 NFL Draft. Both totals were new records for FCS-level.

A native of Baltimore, West struggled to qualify academically out of high school and went to Fork Union Military Academy. He left the school and wound up at Towson as a 20-year old freshman in 2011, rushing for 1,294 yards in his debut season. He also set the FCS record for touchdowns by a freshman with 29. In three years, West rushed for a total of 4,854 yards and 84 touchdowns.

At the Combine, West ran a 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds, did 16 bench reps of 225 pounds, and recorded a 33.5-inch vertical jump. He also measured at 5’9″ and weighed 225 pounds.

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Falcons set to meet with UConn linebacker Smallwood

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Ross Jones of FOX Sports reports that the Atlanta Falcons are set to meet with Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood this week for an on-campus workout.

Smallwood was a three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Huskies, earning All-conference honors twice during his career. Smallwood declared for the draft following his junior season, coming off a year where he recorded 118 tackles, 9.5 for loss, four sacks, eight pass breakups and an an interception returned 59 yards for a touchdown.

Smallwood ran a disappointing 5.01-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine in February, thanks to tweaking his hamstring early in the run. But showed good explosition with a 1.60-second 10-yard split before the injury occurred. He also recorded 18 bench reps of 225 pounds and a 36.5-inch vertical jump at the Combine, measuring in at 6’2″ and 246 pounds. He is considered a middle-round prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Lewan Gets Chance to Audition for Falcons

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

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Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports that the Atlanta Falcons worked out Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan on Monday. Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic reports that the Falcons sent a group consisting of their entire front office and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to Scottsdale, AZ to work out Lewan at his native Chaparral High.

Lewan made headlines a year ago when he opted to stay in school for his senior season despite receiving first-round grades from advisors coming off an All-American season. Lewan finished his career strong, earning his All-Big 10 honors for the third year in a row as a senior.

Lewan shined at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February, clocking a 4.87-second 40-yard dash time, the fastest of any offensive linemen. His 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump also topped out the best among blockers, and was just one inch shy of the record for an offensive linemen set at the Combine.

Lewan has been chased by off-field incidents over the past year, including peripheral involvement in an alleged sexual assault of a Michigan student by a former teammate, who has since been kicked out of school. He also was allegedly involved in a fight in December 2013 where two Ohio State fans were assaulted after hours. Lewan insists that his involvement did not go beyond breaking up the fight, however he was charged earlier this month with aggravated assault and assault and battery stemming from the incident.

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Falcons worked out Vanderbilt tackle Johnson

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that the Atlanta Falcons worked out Vanderbilt offensive tackle Wesley Johnson on Tuesday. Johnson is considered a potential late-round prospect.

Johnson measured 6’5″, 297 pounds at the Scouting Combine in February, where he ran a 5.11-second 40-yard dash, did 26 bench reps of 225 pounds, and had a 29-inch vertical jump.

He started 51 games during his career at Vanderbilt, the most in school history. He was a three-year starter at left tackle, but also garnered starts at center (seven) and left guard (two) during his sophomore season. He earned first team All-SEC honors as a senior.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/30

March 30th, 2014 1 comment
Ball State's Pro Day attracts scouts from 21 NFL teams

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reports that the Atlanta Falcons are taking a look at a pair of draft prospects this week: Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman.

Fiedorowicz showcased athleticism at his Scouting Combine workout in February. He measured in at 6’5″ and weighed 265 pounds. He clocked a 4.76-second 40-yard dash time, 25 bench reps of 225 pounds, with a 7.10-second three-cone drill. He is coming off a career-high six touchdowns this past year while catching 30 passes for 299 yards (10.0 avg). As a junior, he caught 45 passes for 433 yards (9.6 avg) and just one touchdown. He was coached by the Falcons during the Senior Bowl, where he got to know them better. He is being projected as a middle-round pick.

Hageman is another physical specimen due to his sheer size at 6’6″ and 310 pounds. He had 32 bench reps and ran a 5.02-second 40 time at the Combine. This past season he had a career-high 13 tackles for loss, but only a pair of sacks. He had six sacks as a junior with 7.5 tackles for loss. Hageman is considered a potential late first-round pick, meaning the Falcons are likely hoping he falls to them in the early second-round if they are to pick him.

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Oregon all-purpose specialist De’Anthony Thomas had a private workout with the Falcons on Saturday according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Thomas played a multitude of roles for the Ducks over the years, playing both running back and receiver while also returning kicks. At Oregon, Thomas scored 41 offensive touchdowns and 5 on special teams over three seasons. The undersized, but explosive Thomas measured in at 5’9″, 174 pounds at February’s Combine. He ran a 4.34-second 40 time at his pro day earlier this month.

The Falcons could be looking at Thomas to bolster their special teams, where the team has already invested in free agent signees Devin Hester and Javier Arenas.

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Falcons Awarded 3 Compensatory Picks

March 24th, 2014 Comments off

The National Football League announced 32 compensatory selections awarded to teams for this year’s upcoming draft in May, and the Atlanta Falcons received three such picks. Compensatory picks are awarded to teams for losing veteran free agents in the previous year’s offseason. The Falcons received a fourth-round selection along with a pair of seventh-round selections. The three additional picks give the Falcons a total of 10.

The fourth-round pick comes due to the team losing cornerback Brent Grimes, who signed with the Miami Dolphins last year. It will be the penultimate pick of the fourth round, selection No. 139. The two seventh-round picks also come at the end of that round, with the Falcons now holding picks No. 253 and 255. The latter is in fact the second-to-last selection in the entire draft, with Houston receiving the final pick that will become Mr. Irrelevant.

Compensatory picks cannot be traded under league rules.

Barring future trades, the Falcons entire draft order consists of:

First round, No. 6 overall
Second round, No. 37 overall
Third round, No. 68 overall
Fourth round, No. 103 overall
Fourth round, No. 139 overall
Fifth round, No. 147 overall
Sixth round, No. 182 overall
Seventh round, No. 220 overall
Seventh round, No. 253 overall
Seventh round, No. 255 overall

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/22

March 22nd, 2014 1 comment
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Anthony Barr

Vaughn McClure reports the Falcons will work out UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr before the end of the month. Barr is potentially a target for the team at the top of the draft. Barr was able to improve on his Combine numbers in the 40-yard dash and bench press at his pro day last week. He reportedly clocked a 4.44-second 40 time and lifted 225 pounds 19 times on March 11, improvements from the 4.66 seconds and 15 reps he did last month at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

McClure also reports that Arizona State outside linebacker Carl Bradford worked out for the Falcons this past Thursday. After a solid Combine, where the 6-1/250-pound linebacker ran a 4.76-second 40, he was able to improve to a 4.64-second mark at his pro day two weeks ago. Bradford played linebacker, defensive end and special teams during his career at Arizona State. This past season, he led the team with 8.5 sacks.

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Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider also brings some scoops in terms of players the Falcons worked out this week.

Tony Pauline reports that Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox worked out Delaware DT Zach Kerr on Wednesday. Kerry is a bulky nose tackle prospect that measured in at 6-1, 326 pounds at the Combine last month. He did 28 bench reps also. This past season, Kerr had 57 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He worked out in front of 14 teams at Delaware’s pro day on Tuesday, which likely included the Falcons.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/16

March 16th, 2014 Comments off
AJ McCarron has A-plus workout at Alabama’s pro day

Kevin Pierre-Louis at the Combine

This week there was not as much news down the pipeline involving pro days due to the opening of free agency garnering most of the attention. But Atlanta Falcons representatives were spotted at a number of pro days from this past week.

Quarterback Matt Ryan made an appearance at his alma mater, Boston College’s pro day on Wednesday along with 29 NFL teams, which likely included the Falcons. They were there to witness running back Andre Williams, Boston College’s best prospect, try to improve his 40 time. Williams clocked a 40-yard dash time of 4.56 seconds at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month, but ran three times at his pro day with times of 4.54, 4.43 and 4.57 seconds.

Reports indicate that Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis is scheduled for a workout with the Falcons at some point. Pierre-Louis was invited to the Combine and is projected to be a late-round pick. At his pro day, he stood pat on his Combine numbers, which were impressive due to a 4.51-second 40-yard dash, 28 bench reps of 225 pounds, 39-inch vertical jump, 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump and 6.92-second three-cone drill.

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All 32 NFL teams were at Oklahoma State’s pro day on Thursday. There they got to see top cornerback Justin Gilbert stand on most of his Combine numbers, but he did run a 6.91-second three-cone drill.

Quarterback Clint Chelf has an upcoming workout with the Falcons according to reports.

Chelf began this past season as the starter for Oklahoma State, but was quickly pulled in the season-opener. He would regain the job and start the final seven games, leading the Cowboys to a 5-2 record to finish the year. He led the team with 2,173 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 56.4 percent of his passes.

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