Falcons add twenty undrafted free agents
The Falcons added twenty undrafted free agents according to SB Nation Atlanta. In addition to the team’s six draft picks, that puts the Falcons roster one shy of the 90-man limit allowed in the off-season. It’s likely that the Falcons will release their official list tomorrow.
The Falcons signed wide receivers LaMark Brown (Minnesota State-Mankato), wide receiver Mike Calvin (California), quarterback Dominique Davis (East Carolina), safety Chad Faulcon (Montclair State), running back Robbie Frey (Kutztown), linebacker Max Gruder (Pittsburgh), offensive tackle Bryce Harris (Fresno State), linebacker Jerrell Harris (Alabama), long snapper Josh Harris (Auburn), center Tyler Horn (Miami FL), guard Phillipkeith Manley (Toledo), cornerback Marty Markett (South Carolina), tight end Adam Nissley (Central Florida), defensive end Louis Nzegwu (Wisconsin), wide receiver Cody Pearcy (Huntingdon), defensive tackle Micanor Regis (Miami FL), wide receiver James Rodgers (Oregon State), linebacker Pat Schiller (Northern Illinois), quarterback Casey Therriault (Jackson State), and punter Dawson Zimmerman (Clemson).
LaMark Brown, WR, Minnesota-Mankato State (6-3/228): Began his career at Kansas State, playing both wide receiver and running back. Over the course of his career at K-State, he caught 45 passes for 426 yards (9.5 avg) and 3 touchdowns, and rushed the ball 118 times for 412 yards (3.5 avg) and 5 scores. He sat out a year after transferring to Minnesota State-Mankato following his junior season. This past year as a senior, he was third on the team with 31 receptions for 405 yards (13.1 avg) and 5 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 31 times for 98 yards (3.2 avg) and 4 more scores. He ran a 4.48 at his pro day.
Mike Calvin, WR, California (6-3/210): Calvin spent much of his collegiate career as a reserve, but impressed at Cal’s pro day to get on NFL scouts’ radars. He posted a 4.34 40 time with a 40.5-inch vertical jump. His best season at Cal, came as a senior where he had career highs with 20 catches for 269 yards (13.5) and the lone touchdown of his career. He also blocked a kick as a senior. For his career, he logged 10 starts and caught 45 passes for 528 yards (12.6 avg) and a touchdown.
Dominique Davis, QB, East Carolina (6-3/221): Athletic quarterback that began his career at Boston College, redshirting there during Matt Ryan’s final season. He earned the starting spot late in the season, starting 3 games and completing 45.7% of his 138 attempts for 741 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. But he opted to transfer after being suspended due to academics the following year. He played at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, where he completed 52.6% of his 215 attempts for 1467 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He then transferred to East Carolina where he quickly earned the starting position. He completed 64.5% of 609 passes for 3967 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions as a junior. His production took a minor dip as a senior, where he completed 67.6% of 494 passes for 3225 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. He started 25 games during his career at East Carolina, compiling an 11-14 record. His older brother is former Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark.
Chad Faulcon, S, Montclair State (5-11/200): A two-year starter at strong safety, he emerged in the Players All-Start Classic after the season where he recorded an interception. He participated at Fordham’s pro day, where he clocked a 4.6 40, 32-inch vertical, and did 9 bench reps. His final two seasons at Montclair State, he combined for 22 starts, 139 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, 10 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovery, and a blocked kick.
Robbie Frey, RB, Kutztown (6-0/208): Frey spent three years as Connecticut working primarily as a kickoff return and reserve running back. In three seasons, he combined 529 rushing yards on 99 carries (5.3 avg) and 7 touchdowns. He also caught 7 passes for 44 yards (6.3 avg). He returned 48 kickoffs for an average of 27.3 yards with 2 touchdowns, one each of his last two seasons. After serving as the second-leading rusher behind Jordan Todman in 2010 and expecting to take over as the leading rusher his senior year, Frey opted to transfer to Kutztown near his hometown of Lehighton, PA. There despite only logging 6 starts as a senior, he lead Kutztown in rushing with 1185 yards on 189 carries (6.3 avg) and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 8 passes for 30 yards (3.8 avg) and returned 9 kickoffs for an average of 29.8 yards. At Kutztown’s pro day, he posted a 4.50 40 time and 36-inch vertical.
Max Gruder, LB, Pittsburgh (6-1/235): Gruder was a three-year starter playing three linebacker positions for Pitt. He played primarily on the weakside, but the moved to the middle when Pitt shifted to a 3-4 scheme as a senior. That year, he had career highs with 116 tackles and 8.5 for loss. That year, he also had 0.5 sacks and 3 pass breakups. As a sophomore and junior, he combined for 175 tackles, 5 for loss, 0.5 sacks, 1 interception, and 7 pass breakups. Click here to read a scouting report on Gruder.
Bryce Harris, OT, Fresno State (6-6/299): He played under current Falcons offensive line coach Pat Hill at Fresno State. He began his career as a defensive tackle before moving to the offensive side of the ball as a redshirt freshman. He earned the starting left tackle spot the following year where he made 39 consecutive starts. He earned All-WAC team honors as both a junior and senior, and All-WAC Academic honors four times. At Fresno State’s pro day, he posted a 5.22 40 time, 30-inch vertical jump, and did 20 bench reps of 225 pounds.
Jerrell Harris, LB, Alabama (6-2/237): Harris started 7 games as a senior at strongside linebacker for Alabama, posting career highs with 29 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. He started his junior season as the starter at weakside linebacker alongside Dont’a Hightower before losing the job to Nico Johnson. He finished that year with 24 tackles, and 1 for loss. He spent his first two years primarily on special teams, and was suspended for 6 games during his sophomore year when he lied to school officials about receiving a laptop computer from a booster. He ran a 4.70 40 at Alabama’s pro day in March.
Josh Harris, LS, Auburn (6-1/249): Hailing from Carrollton, Georgia, he is a former walk-on. He served as Auburn’s long snapper on field goals, punts, and extra points the past three years and was awarded a scholarship prior to his junior season. During his career, he also recorded 7 tackles.
Tyler Horn, OC, Miami (6-4/298): Horn started his final two years at center for the Hurricanes, logging a total of 25 starts and served as a team captain his senior year where he earned 2nd team All-ACC honors. He was invited to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star game after the season. At his pro day, he posted a 5.28 40 time with 19 bench reps.
Phillipkeith Manley, OG, Toledo (6-4/330): A massive two-year starter at left guard for Toledo. He posted a 5.31 40 time at Toledo’s pro day, while also lifting 225 pounds 20 times.
Marty Markett, CB, South Carolina (5-9/172): He attended South Carolina on a track scholarship where he earned All-American honors as part of their 4×100 meter relay team, while also competing in the 200 meters. He opted to play football as a sophomore in 2009, but missed the year with a broken arm. As a junior in 2010, he started 1 of 11 games and recorded 12 tackles and 1 pass breakup. As a senior, he managed 6 starts in 13 appearances with 26 tackles and a pass breakup. He showcased that track speed at South Carolina’s pro day, clocking a 4.39 40-yard dash time. He also posted a 40.5-inch vertical, 12 bench reps, and a 6.69-second 3-cone drill.
Adam Nissley, TE, Central Florida (6-5/264): A native of Cumming, Georgia, Nissley stood at UCF’s pro day with his large frame, 40 bench reps, and 4.86 40 time. He served primarily as a blocking tight end after starting 10 games at right tackle his freshman year. He moved to tight end afterwards, starting 36 games over the past three seasons and catching 38 career passes for 465 yards (12.2 avg) and 2 touchdowns. His best year came as a senior, where he caught 21 passes for 235 yards (11.2 avg) and a touchdown.
Louis Nzegwu, DE, Wisconsin (6-4/251): His last name is pronounced “niz-EGG-woo.” He served as a reserve defensive lineman his first two seasons before earning the starting spot as a junior. He recorded 46 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 3 sacks, and 4 pass breakups that year. He led Wisconsin in sacks as a senior with 4.5, while also recording 38 tackles, and 7 for loss. He had 2 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, and returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown in Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl loss against Oregon. At Wisconsin’s pro day, he posted a 4.64 40 time with a 41.5-inch vertical.
Cody Pearcy, WR, Huntingdon (5-10/161): Pearcy first showed up on NFL radars with an outstanding pro day workout where the diminutive wideout ran a 4.33 40, had a 44-inch vertical, and 6.67 3-cone drill. He is Division III Huntingdon’s all-time leader with 147 career receptions, 2632 receiving yards, and 25 touchdowns. He had his career highs as a junior, where he caught 51 passes for 1078 yards (21.1 avg) and 12 touchdowns. As a senior, he led the team again with 46 catches, 766 yards, 16.7 avg, and 8 touchdowns. He also returned kickoffs with 22 returns for 489 yards (22.2 avg) and 15 punts for 132 yards (8.8 avg) during his career.
Micanor Regis, DT, Miami (Fla.) (6-3/304): Regis served as a two-year starter at Miami at defensive tackle. His junior season was his breakout campaign with career highs of 42 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. He also returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown. As a sophomore he had 19 tackles, 3 for loss, 0.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions as a reserve. He started the first 6 games of his senior year but then was suspended for a game after punching an opposing player in the groin, and subsequently lost his starting job for the remainder of the year. He finished that season with 41 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 2 sacks, and 4 pass breakups. At Miami’s pro day in March, he clocked a 5.08 40 time and did 26 bench reps of 225 pounds. His first name is pronounced “muh-connor.”
James Rodgers, WR, Oregon State (5-7/184): He is the older brother of current Falcon running back Jacquizz Rodgers. His uncle is also former NFL safety Michael Lewis (2002-10). Alongside his brother, he was one of the stars of Oregon State’s offense until injuries marred his career. He posted his best season as a junior in 2009, where he caught 91 passes for 1034 yards (11.4 avg) and 9 touchdowns. Four games into his senior season in 2010, he tore his ACL. He managed 16 catches for 215 yards (13.4 avg) and 2 touchdowns prior to the injury. He successfully was able to return to the starting lineup this past year, managing 45 receptions for 514 yards (11.4 avg) and 3 touchdowns in 9 starts. He however did miss some time recovering from the knee injury as well as missing a game due to an ankle injury. He missed Oregon State’s bowl game following the 2008 season with a broken collarbone and a game in 2010 prior to his knee injury with a concussion. For his career, Rodgers caught 222 passes for 2578 yards (11.6 avg) and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 173 times for 1410 yards (8.2 avg) and 9 touchdowns. He was also their primary kickoff returner for much of his career, returning 86 kickoffs for an average of 24.7 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 19 punts for 13.7 average and a touchdown. Still attempting to recover the burst and speed he lost due to his knee injury, Rodgers was only able to clock a 4.63 40 time at Oregon State’s pro day this past spring.
Pat Schiller, LB, Northern Illinois (6-1/234): Schiller had a career high 115 tackles to lead the Huskies as a senior middle linebacker. He also added 10 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 6 pass breakups on the year, also all career highs. He missed the first 4 games of his junior year due to a knee injury, and played out the rest of the season as a reserve he recorded 18 tackles, 2 for loss, and 2 forced fumbles. He started in the middle as a sophomore with 82 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 0.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup, and 1 forced fumble. At NIU’s pro day, he recorded a 4.72 40 time, did 22 bench reps, and posted a 35-inch vertical jump.
Casey Therriault, QB, Jackson State (6-2/201): He began his career at Grand Rapids Community College, where they posted an 18-3 record under his watch. As a sophomore, he passes for 2169 yards, rushed for 620 more, and combined for 35 touchdowns (24 passing, 11 rushing). He then transferred to Jackson State, where he had an immediate impact taking a 2-9 team and leading them to a 17-5 record over two seasons as the starter. As a junior, he completed 58.4% of 437 attempts for 3436 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He also rushed for 164 yards and had 10 more rushing touchdowns. As a senior, he completed 60% of 452 attempts for 3791 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions, while adding 107 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground. He is only the second white quarterback in HBCU Jackson State’s history. At the school’s pro day, he posted a 4.77 40 time.
Dawson Zimmerman, P, Clemson (6-1/205): A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Zimmerman served as Clemson’s primary punter his final three years. He earned All-ACC Academic honors during those years. As a freshman, he punted 12 times for an average of 38.5 yards with 2 placed inside the 20-yard line. He averaged 41.3 yards on a combined 180 punts his final three years with 58 placed inside the 20. He also kicked off 17 times as a senior, with 1 touchback. He had a career high of 42.7 yards per punt as a junior.