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Falcons check out Wolfe; schedule workout

March 26th, 2010 Comments off
Ryan Wolfe

Ryan Wolfe

Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that among all the teams on hand at UNLV’s pro day on Thursday, the Falcons have shown the most interest in wide receiver Ryan Wolfe. Wolfe was among several prospects that the Falcons were reportedly interested in during last month’s Scouting Combine.

During the workout, Wolfe tweaked his hamstring, preventing him from running the 40-yard dash. But he did manage 15 bench reps. According to Ryan Greene of the Las Vegas Sun, Wolfe also recorded a 9 foot-10 inch broad jump and 33.5-inch vertical jump.

Wolfe was originally scheduled for a private workout at UNLV with Falcons head coach Mike Smith and GM Thomas Dimitroff, but it has been changed to more of a meet and greet due to his injury. Wolfe hopes that he will get another chance to workout in front of teams and scouts within the next two weeks.

Also on hand at the pro day were center Joe Hawley and linebacker Jason Beauchamp, who improved on their numbers from the Combine. Hawley (6’3″ 297) had a 31.5-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 8 feet, 11 inches. Beauchamp (6’3″ 244) ran a 40 time in 4.71 seconds and did 30 bench reps. Safety Marquel Martin also got to shine for the first time for scouts, recording a 38.5-inch vertical jump, 10 feet-1o inch broad jump, and 4.40 40 for the 5’11″ 200 defensive back.

Ex-Browns linebacker Beau Bell, who was a fourth round pick in 2008 was also present at the pro day. He is currently a free agent and hoping to get another crack in the league.

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Falcons look at Wolfpack prospects

March 25th, 2010 Comments off

The Falcons were on hand among several NFL teams at N.C. State’s pro day on Wednesday according to Scout.com.

They could have been there to check out center Ted Larsen who the team will work out in a private workout next week on March 29.

They may have also checked out running back Toney Baker, who measured in at 5’9″ 234, and ran a pair of 40 times of 4.51 and 4.53 seconds. He also had a 37-inch vertical jump and 27 bench press reps.

N.C. State basketball player Simon Harris (6’3″ 259) worked out at tight end during the pro day. He hasn’t played football since middle school but was seeking a new challenge.

Outside linebacker Willie Young also was among the top Wolfpack prospects to also work out.

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Falcons eye Huskies at pro day

March 24th, 2010 Comments off

Draft Insider.net reports that the Falcons were among several teams that were on hand at the University of Connecticut’s pro day earlier today.

Among the highlights of the workouts were cornerback Robert McClain. He ran a 4.42 40, did 23 bench reps, jumped 38.5 inches on his vertical, and 9 feet and 10 inches on his broad jump. Impressive for a 5’9″ cornerback.

Also wide receiver Marcus Easley ran well with a 4.46 40 time and 16 bench reps.

Tackle Mike Hicks measured in at 6’6″ 313 and did 21 bench reps and ran a 40 in the 5.18 to 5.23 range.

Running back Andre Dixon did not run the 40, but did do positional drills. Defensive end Lindsey Witten tweaked his hamstring and thus was not able to work out.

You can find profiles of Dixon, Easley, and Witten on the forums.

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Falcons interested in FSU’s Goodman

March 24th, 2010 Comments off

In an interview with Florida State receiver Richard Goodman, he mentioned to Draft Season.com the Falcons as one of a few teams that have shown interest in him through the draft process.

Goodman started 5 games this past year and finished with 27 catches for 355 yards and 1 touchdown. He missed all of the 2008 season with a broken leg that he suffered midway through the 2007 season.  Goodman was charged with battery last spring, but the charges were dropped last summer.

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Falcons meet with Odrick

March 24th, 2010 Comments off
Jared Odrick

Jared Odrick

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports that the Falcons have met with Penn State defensive Jared Odrick.

Odrick is considered one of the top defensive tackles in this year’s draft class. He tallied 7 sacks this past season and earned Big Ten defensive player of the year honors. He followed up a strong senior season with solid performances in the Senior Bowl, Combine, and at his recent pro day.

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Palmer will work out with other locals on April 12

March 24th, 2010 Comments off

Joe Fortenbraugh of National Football Post reports that Clemson tight end Michael Palmer will be among several local players that work out at Falcons facilities on April 12.

The Falcons typically hold their own pro day for some of the less prominent local prospects for the upcoming draft, and will do so on the 12th. Palmer hails from Stone Mountain, just outside Atlanta. Palmer finished second on the team this past season with 43 receptions for 507 yards (11.8 avg) and 4 touchdowns.

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Falcons watch CMU prospects at pro day

March 24th, 2010 Comments off

According to Scout.com’s Chris Steuber, the Falcons were among one of 22 teams in attendance at Central Michigan’s pro day on Wednesday.

Chief among the Chippewa draft propects was quarterback Dan LeFevour, although it’s doubtful the Falcons have serious interest in another passer with Matt Ryan. According to Draft Insider.net, LeFevour struggled throwing the ball in passing drills, particularly in regards to displaying his arm strength. LeFevour did not work out at the Combine, which was criticized by many since he wasn’t considered one of the elite passers.

Other prospects that may be on the Falcons radar include defensive end Frank Zombo, and wide receivers Antonio Brown and Bryan Anderson.

Zombo measured 6’4″ 269, did 23 bench reps of 225 pounds and ran a 4.71 40-yard dash according to the Detroit News. He also worked out at tight end for the scouts in attendance.

Antonio Brown (5’10″ 186) ran 40s in the range of 4.43 and 4.49 during the pro day and didn’t drop a pass in receiving drills.

Bryan Anderson (6’5″ 212) ran 40s in the 4.50 to 4.58 range, measured a 37-inch vertical jump, 4.06 short shuttle, and a 6.81 3-cone drill.

Also in attendance was Wayne State running back Joique Bell, who’s own school does not have a pro day. Bell (5’11″ 220) did not improve on his 4.68 40 time that he ran at the Combine, clocking 40s in the high 4.7 to 4.82 range on Wednesday.

You can find scouting reports on LeFevour, Zombo, Brown, and Anderson on the FalcFans Forums.

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Iupati has workout lined up with Falcons

March 23rd, 2010 Comments off

Chris Steuber of Scout.com reports that the Falcons will be checking out Idaho guard Mike Iupati in an upcoming workout between now and the draft. A specified scheduled date is unknown at the time. But Iupati is widely considered to be the top interior linemen in the entire draft.

According to Steuber, at least 14 teams have either already conducted a workout with Iupati or will do so before the draft.

Iupati is a massive blocker measuring 6’6″ 324 at his recent pro day. Per NFL Draft Scout.com, Iupati ran a 5.24 40 at the Combine in February. He also did 27 bench reps of 225 pounds, measured a 27.5-inch vertical leap, 7 foot-8 inch borad jump, 4.93 short shuttle, and 7.85 three-cone drill.

Recent reports indicate that the Falcons are interested in upgrading their interior line and Iupati certainly could do that as a potential first round pick.

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Tarleton State receiver on Falcons radar

March 23rd, 2010 Comments off

Tarleton State wide receiver Devin Guinn told Greg Jaklewicz of the Abilene Reporter News in a report about the pro day of Abilene Christian that he has had contact with the Atlanta Falcons.

Guinn participated at Abilene Christian’s pro day. It’s not confirmed whether the Falcons had representatives on hand to view Guinn and other players’ workouts.

Guinn holds records in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns at Division II Tarleton State. This past year he shined as an offensive weapon having a career high 70 receptions for 1,019 yards (14.6 avg) and 8 touchdowns. He also returned 25 punts for 260 yards (10.4 avg) and a touchdown.

Another prominent name that worked out at the pro day was Abilene Christian offensive tackle Tony Washington. He measures 6’7″ 310 pounds and ran a 5.09 40. He had an impressive Combine, ranking among the top offensive linemen in the bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, and 3-cone drill, indicators of his athleticism. Washington also has made headlines due to the recent revelation that he is a registered sex offender in the state of Texas.

You can view highlights of Guinn’s career on YouTube.

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Falcons get two compensatory picks

March 22nd, 2010 Comments off

It was announced today that the Falcons will receive a third and fifth round pick as compensatory picks.

The third round pick comes to compensate the loss of cornerback Domonique Foxworth to the Baltimore Ravens last season. The fifth round pick comes in compensation for the loss of linebacker Michael Boley, who signed with the New York Giants.

The Falcons now have eight picks. Compensatory picks cannot be traded.

1st Round, 19th overall
3rd Round, 83rd overall
3rd Round,  98th overall (compensatory)
4th Round, 117th overall
5th Round, 149th overall
5th Round, 165th overall (compensatory)
6th Round, 171st overall (from Lions in Chris Houston trade)
6th Round, 189th overall

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