Falcons eye two more draft prospects
Ed Thompson of Scout.com reports that Georgia Tech guard Mansfield Wrotto will be visiting the Falcons today on April 12.
Wrotto at 6’3″ 317 is a former defensive tackle, who played his first season on offense this past year as a senior. He is noted for his strength, having done 27 bench reps of 225 pounds at the combine. This past year, he started 14 games at right tackle, registering 65 knockdown blocks and 9 touchdown-resulting blocks. In three years as a starter at defensive tackle, he tallied a total of 45 tackles, 12 resulting for a loss, 5 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries. Despite playing tackle for his single year on the offensive line at Georgia Tech, most scouts project him inside to guard due to his lacking height. He is graded as a mid round prospect by NFLDraftCountdown.com.
Thompson also reports the Falcons have shown increased interest in Hawaii defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis. A previous report indicated that the Falcons interviewed him while in Indianapolis at the Combine. There is no indication of a scheduled pre-draft visit however.
Alama-Francis, son of former Green Bay Packer quarterback Joe Francis (1958-59), is a big, athletic defensive end standing at 6’5″ 280. He ran a 4.85 40 at his pro day and had a vertical leap of 35 inches.
He was a two-year starter and 2-time All-WAC selection at defensive end, combining for 88 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 23 quarterback pressues, 4 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, and 4 passes broken up during that span.
He is considered a Day 1 prospect by NFLDraftCountdown.com, and many draft websites list him as going as early as the second round.