The Atlanta Falcons made a roster move following Wednesday’s practice by signing defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins. To free up space on the roster, the team waived undrafted cornerback Michael Lee. Hopkins was an undrafted free agent last year out of Virginia Tech, originally signing with the Baltimore Ravens.
Despite measuring in at only 6-feet tall, Hopkins is a 321-pound nose tackle that was a three-year starter at defensive tackle at Tech. He finished his career with 169 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. He was the Ravens’ highest-paid undrafted free agent last year, earning a $10,000 signing bonus from the team. However, Hopkins was cut at the end of training camp and spent time briefly on the practice squads of both the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions in 2014.
Lee is a local from McDonough, Georgia. He began his college career at University of Massachusetts, earning 13 starts at cornerback over three injury-plagued seasons. He wound up at Fort Valley State for a season, playing predominantly free safety as a senior and recording three interceptions despite earning only three starts.