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Falcons will work out SC’s Norwood

March 31st, 2010 Comments off
Eric Norwood

Eric Norwood

Pete Iacobelli of the Associated Press writes that South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood has an upcoming visit scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons.

Norwood worked out today at South Carolina’s pro day. He stood on his 40 time from last month’s Combine, where he ran a 4.71. He did go through positional drills and did bench press (21 reps). According to TFY Draft Insider, he didn’t impress during positional drills.

Norwood, measures in at 6’1″ 241 pounds is one of the top outside linebacker prospects in this year’s draft. He is a former convert from defensive end, and showed his pass rush ability the past two seasons with 16 combined sacks. He ranks fourth among outside linebacker prospects by both ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Scott Wright of Draft Countdown.com.

You can view a scouting report on Norwood by clicking here.

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Falcons scout Penn prospects

March 31st, 2010 Comments off

According to Penn Athletics.com, the Falcons were among several teams on hand for the University of Pennsylvania’s pro day earlier today.

While the school did not release any of the results, three seniors were among the notables at the workout: cornerback Chris Wynn, defensive lineman Joe Goniprow, and linebacker Jake Lewko. Wynn is a 5’9″ 185-pound corner who was a three-time first All-Ivy League team honoree. He holds records at Penn for career kickoff return yards and also had 12 career interceptions.

Goniprow is an undersized defensive tackle at 6’1″ 270, that earned two-time league honors and had 4 sacks and 33 tackles this past season.

Lewko (6’1″ 237) earned Co-Ivy League MVP honors this past season, and earned all-league honors twice. He led the team with 76 tackles this past season, adding 8 tackles for loss and 2 sacks as well.

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Falcons announce preseason schedule

March 31st, 2010 Comments off

The Falcons preseason schedule has been announced. They will have one nationally-televised contest at home vs. the New England Patriots on August 19.

The preseason opener will come at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. Week 1 of the preseason schedule will be played between dates August 12 and August 16.

They follow up with their second game against the Patriots which will be shown on FOX on Thursday night.

The following week they will travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins, with games scheduled between August 26 and 29th.

They finish up their preseason schedule vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road on either September 2 and 3.

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Falcons will work out McClain

March 30th, 2010 Comments off
Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain

Ralph Vacciano of the New York Daily News reports that Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain will visit with the Atlanta Falcons.

McClain is widely considered to be one of the premier linebacker prospects in this year’s draft class. He is listed as the top inside linebacker by both NFL.com’s MIke Mayock and ESPN’s Mel Kiper. McClain entered the draft after a strong junior season in which he recorded 105 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 2 interceptions.

While the Falcons don’t appear to have interest in a middle linebacker due to the presence of Curtis Lofton, it may be possible that the Falcons will work out McClain in order to discover if he could play other positions on their defense, such as outside linebacker.

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Falcons to hold second workout with Weatherspoon

March 29th, 2010 Comments off
Sean Weatherspoon

Sean Weatherspoon

Ed Thompson of Scout.com reports that Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has another meeting set with the Falcons, scheduled for April 7. The Falcons already conducted an on-campus workout with Weatherspoon on March 17.

Although not specified in Thompson’s report, it appears likely that this second workout will be conducted in Atlanta and likely will be more in-depth than the previous meeting.

Falcons will work out UCLA’s Price

March 29th, 2010 Comments off
Brian Price

Brian Price

Ed Thompson of Scout.com tweets that the Falcons have a workout scheduled with UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price scheduled for April 10.

Price declared early for this year’s draft after a strong junior season in which he recorded 48 tackles and 7 sacks. His 23.5 tackles for loss finished third in the nation this past season. The 6’1″ 303-pound product is rated as the fourth best defensive tackle in the class by Mel Kiper and third best by the National Football Post.

You can click here to view a scouting report on Price.

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Simmons will workout for Falcons in April

March 28th, 2010 Comments off

Chris Steuber of Scout.com reports that Minnesota cornerback Traye Simmons will be among other local draft prospects that will work out in Atlanta on April 12. A previous report indicated that Clemson tight end Michael Palmer will be another one of those players.

As Steuber explains, the league has a limit on how many players can be worked out by each team at their own facilities, capping the number at thirty. But for players that played high school or college football in the local area, teams are allowed to designate one day for workouts of those prospects circumventing that rule. The Falcons have designated that day to be April 12.

Simmons is a native of Marietta, Georgia.

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Falcons like Memphis RB

March 28th, 2010 Comments off

Phil Stukenborg of the Memphis Commercial Appeal writes that Memphis running back Curtis Steele has heard from the Atlanta Falcons, among other NFL teams that have showed interest in him during this pre-draft process.

Steele worked out with several other former Memphis players at the school’s pro day on Friday. Steele ran a 4.55 40 before suffering a hamstring injury at the end of the run. According to Steele, he had been running in the mid-4.4 range prior to Friday’s workout. He did 16 bench reps of 225 pounds as well.

Along with Steele, wide receiver Duke Calhoun had a nice workout. He ran a 4.44 40 time and did 12 bench reps.

Steele rushed for 1,239 yards and 15 scores this past season. Calhoun led receivers with 68 catches for 923 yards and 5 scoring grabs.

You can view a scouting report of Steele by clicking here.

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Falcons meet with UNLV center

March 28th, 2010 Comments off

Updating a previous report, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that along with UNLV wideout Ryan Wolfe, the Falcons met with center Joe Hawley over this weekend. The Falcons were scheduled to have an on-campus workout with Wolfe on Saturday, until he suffered a hamstring injury during Thursday’s pro day, changing the date to a meeting rather than workout.

It’s unknown if in their meeting with Hawley whether or not they went through a full workout with the center. Head coach Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff were in Las Vegas on hand for the meetings.

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Falcons Weekly Round Up, 3/27

March 27th, 2010 Comments off

Looking back over the Falcons-related news from the past week…

Owner’s Meetings

The media got a chance to hear from the Falcons top brass during this week’s owners meetings. D-Led has a nice write-up on a Q&A session that occurred there with head coach Mike Smith. We learned that Smitty supports the changes to overtime, although that’s not too surprising since Rich McKay is co-chair of the competition committee, and the Falcons should be on board with all the proposals.

We also learned from Smith during the week that defensive tackle Peria Jerry and wide receiver Harry Douglas, both recovering from season-ending knee injuries last year won’t be participating in spring mini-camps and OTAs, but will be shooting to return at the end of July for training camp. Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are back and ready to go now. And safety William Moore is simply “progressing” with no known timetable on when he will be completely recovered from his injury a year ago. (Source: Pat Yasinskas, ESPN)

Extra Paycheck

Brent Grimes and Thomas DeCoud were the biggest earners this year for the Falcons in the performance-based pay system. (Source: D-Led, AJC)

Also interesting to note that Falcons safety Erik Coleman has been the biggest earner overall since the league instituted the system in 2002. (Source: Tim Yotter, Scout.com)

Beefing Up the Middle

The Falcons appear to be very interested in getting stronger up the middle along their offensive line, having scheduled several workouts this week with draft prospects. They are working out three center prospects this weekend: Matt Tennant (Boston College), J.D. Walton (Baylor), and Ted Larsen (N.C. State). The team also has unspecified upcoming workouts with Maurice Pouncey (Florida) and Mike Iupati (Idaho) who are often predicted to be first round picks. Indiana offensive tackle Rodger Saffold also will work out with the Falcons this past week, who many project as a possible guard. (Sources: FalcFans Draft Central)

They are being speculated as a potential destination for Miami Dolphins guard Justin Smiley. (Source: Armando Salguero, Miami Herald)

Draft Notes

The Falcons had a busy week of visiting pro days, attending those of N.C. State, Connecticut, and Central Michigan this past Wednesday. They checked out UNLV’s on Thursday. You can find out more information on which prospects the Falcons are targetting at FalcFans Draft Central.