The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of another undrafted rookie today in former San Diego State defensive end Sam Meredith. Meredith was among 22 tryout players the Falcons evaluated during their recent rookie minicamp, and his signing comes on the heels of signing two tryout players yesterday.
Meredith played defensive end in San Diego State’s three-man fronts the past two years after playing defensive tackle as a sophomore.He is likely to be employed as a five-technique left defensive end in the Falcons’ four-man fronts. As a first-year starter during his sophomore year, he had his most productive season with 36 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He managed to start six of eight games as a junior, being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Meredith saw his production dip to 16 tackles, two for loss and a sack that year. He rebounded as a senior, starting 10 of 13 games, finishing his career with 30 tackles, 3.5 for loss and a sack. He also had a pair of forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and three passes broken up over his three-year career as a starter.
At his pro day, Meredith measured in at 6’4″ and 283 pounds, running a 5.09-second 40-yard dash. He also had 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and leapt 32.5 inches on the vertical jump. Meredith was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but attended Helix High School in La Mesa, California, where he was a prep teammate of Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo.