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Falcons will work out DE Reed next week

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora tweets that the Falcons are on deck to get a visit from Arizona pass rusher Brooks Reed next week. Reed is a fast-rising prospect this past off-season, moving up from a potential mid-round pick to a possible late first round pick that the Falcons could be targeting. Reed has been compared favorably to current All-Pro Green Bay Packer outside linebacker Clay Matthews in terms of his NFL potential. Reed is considered a potential prospect for 4-3 teams looking for a defensive end, as well as 3-4 teams looking for an outside linebacker. He measured in at around 6-3, 260 pounds at his pro day earlier this month.

Click here to read a scouting report on Reed.

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Falcons to work out Cal DE, already seen Vols WR

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

Adam Caplan of FOX Sports reports that California defensive end Cameron Jordan will visit the Falcons on April 3. Jordan is considered one of the premier defensive ends in this year’s class and is projected by some as a potential Top 10 pick.

He played exclusively in a 3-4 scheme at Cal, but has the athleticism and versatility to also potentially play in a 4-3. This past year, Jordan had 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He is the son of former Minnesota Vikings tight end Steve Jordan.

You can click here to read a scouting report on Jordan.

Caplan also reported a week ago that Tennessee wide receiver Denarius Moore already worked out for the Falcons. Moore’s stock has been rising this off-season as he came on strong at the end of his senior season averaging over 100 yards per game in his final six games and then had a strong performance during the NFLPA All-star game in early February.

You can click here to read a scouting report on Moore.

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Falcons to work out Kerrigan today

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons will fly out to Purdue today to conduct an on-campus workout of defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. Wilson first reported a week ago that the Falcons were to conduct a workout of Kerrigan. According to Wilson’s report, it also looks like the Falcons will bring Kerrigan to their own facility at some point next month to get another look at him. NFL teams are only allowed to put players through drills during on-campus workouts, but can bring in up to 30 non-local prospects to their own facilities to do non-on-field work such as film study and potentially to get a better assessment of the players character, personality, and mental traits.

Based on an interview that Virginia Tech cornerback Rashad Carmichael had with Wilson, the Falcons are among several teams that the corner has talked to and showed interest in him. Carmichael impressed at his pro day, showing his trademark speed and athleticism.

Wilson also seemingly confirms the confusion presented yesterday about whether the Falcons would look at Miami cornerback Brandon Harris in addition to DeMarcus Van Dyke. According to Wilson, Harris did also work out alongside Van Dyke while the Falcons were in Miami yesterday.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/31

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

The biggest pro day in these waning days of 2011 pro days on Thursday is that of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There are several top NFL prospects will be working out in front of all 32 teams, including the Falcons. Those players are defensive end Robert Quinn, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, linebacker Quan Sturdivant. Sturdivant is a player on the Falcons radar.

Other UNC prospective pro players include QB T.J. Yates, RBs Shaun Draughn and Johnny White, WR Greg Little, TEs Zach Pianalto and Ryan Taylor, Ss Da’Norris Searcy and Deunta Williams, CB Kendric Burney, and LB Bruce Carter.

According to Adam Caplan of FOX Sports, the Falcons will hold a private workout with T.J. Yates. Yates reportedly completed 110 of 112 throws during his pro day. Most quarterbacks throw about half that much and still don’t complete that high a percentage. Yates is coming off his best year where he was widely credited with showing leadership to keep the UNC team together despite the off-field situations that caused much of their core talent to be suspended.

Other pro days on Thursday include Hawaii and Stephen F. Austin. Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea will be holding his own personal pro day as well.

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Falcons showing interest in USC’s Casey

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

Dan Greenspan of SC Playbook reports that Southern California defensive tackle Jurrell Casey has been receiving the most interest from the Falcons and Chicago Bears in this draft process.

Casey played the 3-technique at USC this past year under Lane and Monte Kiffin in their Tampa-2 style defense, while playing some nose tackle and defensive end in 2009 when Pete Carroll was still the head coach. Casey was a productive pass rusher, combining for 126 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks the past two years at USC.

Despite using two early round picks at the defensive tackle position the past two years in Corey Peters and Peria Jerry, the Falcons still seem poised and interested in potentially upgrading that position even further. Casey is projected to go in the second to third round range.

You can click here to read a scouting report on Casey.

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2011 Mock Draft – It’s Brand New!

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

Although I finished the Mock Draft Primer this past weekend, in truth that was essentially a mock draft I had started back in early March. Several things have happened since then, that now it’s time to start a completely new mock.

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Cam Newton - the New No. 1?

1. Carolina Panthers – QB Cam Newton, Auburn
Previously for many of my mocks I had the Panthers taking Gabbert. But it seems that many insiders report that the Panthers don’t really like Gabbert all that much, and would prefer to take the guy with higher upside at the quarterback position. I don’t really blame them, and it’s true that Newton has that sort of upside.

2. Denver Broncos – DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
While personally I do think Patrick Peterson is the smarter choice since he is the best player in this draft class, I could also see the Broncos taking Dareus here at the No. 2 position to shore up their defensive line.

3. Buffalo Bills – OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M
If Newton and Dareus are off the board, then I see the Bills taking Miller. Those are the three players I think most likely to land in Buffalo, and thus I think that they will be happy to settle for a pass rusher like MIller.

4. Cincinnati Bengals – WR A.J. Green, Georgia
I’m not sure drafting a wide receiver makes a ton of sense this high in the draft, but there’s no doubt that the Bengals need help at the position. And the Bengals aren’t well known for making the smartest draft day decisions. Mike Brown is a stubborn owner, and while the Bengals probably do realize they need to get a quarterback in this draft, I doubt they use their top pick on him just under the hope that Carson Palmer backs down and comes back.

5. Arizona Cardinals – QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
With the Panthers passing on Gabbert, that makes the Cardinals extremely happy because they’ve been looking at a way to get the young passer from Mizzou. Gabbert should be a solid fit in Arizona’s offense going forward and probably takes them out of the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes.

6. Cleveland Browns – DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
Cleveland needs to take a defensive lineman with their top pick, and due to the questions surrounding Da’Quan Bowers, I think Fairley is probably the safer choice.

7. San Francisco 49ers – CB Patrick Peterson, LSU
It’s really hard to imagine Peterson not being a Top 5 pick, and frankly I would be shocked if that is not the case. But since he is the player that I’m sure the 49ers covet the most, then it makes the most sense for him to land here.

8. Tennessee Titans – DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson
I don’t think the Titans want to use a second consecutive top pick on a defensive end, but they cannot deny the value. And if Morgan and Bowers are healthy, then it certainly should pay dividends as they try to pressure the likes of Peyton Manning and dethrone the Colts in the AFC South.

9. Dallas Cowboys – OT Tyron Smith, USC
A little high for Smith, but I think the Cowboys are committed to improving their offensive line and seemingly aren’t in love with other options like the defensive ends or Prince Amukamara. That makes Smith a good fit to play right tackle immediately in their lineup.

10. Washington Redskins – WR Julio Jones, Alabama
I honestly might have the Redskins taking Jones just because if not here, then he starts to drop in the draft. And with all the buzz currently surrounding him, it’s hard to not see him being a Top 10 pick. I think the Redskins might be partial to a pass rusher like Robert Quinn, but if that’s not the case, then they will happily upgrade their passing attack with a player like Jones.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/30

March 30th, 2011 Comments off

Today will be a busy day for most teams as pro days begin to come to a close. Some big schools such as South Carolina, Southern California, and Washington all hold their pro days today. Also Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward held his private workout today as well.

The Falcons sent representatives so far to the Washington pro day as well as the South Carolina pro day according to Josh Kendall of The State.

Some small schools are also holding their pro days today: New Mexico State, North Carolina Central, Northern Iowa, and Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The Falcons also sent representatives to the University of Miami to work out CB DeMarcus Van Dyke this afternoon. They may also be looking at his teammates DE Allen Bailey and CB Brandon Harris. Sayre Bedinger of the Mile High Report indicates that the Falcons won’t be looking at Harris. Yet a tweet by Van Dyke himself hints that the Falcons will get a look at Harris during that workout.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/29

March 29th, 2011 1 comment

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reports that the Falcons were at the University of Texas pro day on Tuesday, as all 32 teams were represented.

Among prominent prospects were defensive end Sam Acho, and corners Aaron Williams and Curtis Brown, all three of which are projected by most to be taken in the first two rounds of the draft.  Williams clocked a 4.44 in the 40, and Brown a 4.40 flat. Also impressing was guard Michael Huey, who at 304 pounds, benched 225 pounds 35 times, along with running a pair of 40s at 5.16 and 5.18, and recording a 33.5-inch vertical jump.

Also holding pro days on Tuesday were Coastal Carolina, UCLA, and Utah. No word yet on whether the Falcons sent reps.

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Falcons will work out UNC’s Sturdivant

March 28th, 2011 Comments off

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons have a private workout schedule with North Carolina linebacker Quan Sturdivant. Sturdivant was a productive player at North Carolina and is set to hold his pro day this week on Thursday. He played all three positions in UNC’s 4-3 scheme the past four years, although had most of his production come as a weakside linebacker.

Click here to read a scouting report on Sturdivant.

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Falcons to look at Miami’s Van Dyke

March 28th, 2011 Comments off

University of Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke tweeted Monday that he was scheduled to work out in front of the Falcons and the Denver Broncos this week on Wednesday, presumably on campus.

The Falcons most recently got a look at Van Dyke at Miami’s pro day on Friday. Van Dyke holds the distinction of having the fastest 40 time of any player at last month’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, clocking a 4.28 40. Van Dyke started 21 games during his Hurricane career. He had his best season this past year where he served mostly as Miami’s nickel corner and recorded 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, and 20 tackles.

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