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Falcons interested in supplemental prospects

June 22nd, 2007

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports that the Falcons have shown interest in two potential supplemental draft prospects. Nebraska offensive lineman Chris Patrick and Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver are on the Falcons radar.

Patrick measures 6’4″ 296, and did 31 bench reps of 225 pounds, ran a 5.3 40, and had a vertical leap of 27 inches at his personal workout, which the Falcons attended among several other teams. Patrick played tackle at Nebraska, starting on the left side since late in his sophomore year. Many teams project him to guard on the NFL level due to a lack of bulk.

Oliver, a two-year starter at Georgia, worked out recently and was clocked with a 40 time between 4.5 and 4.58 according to sources. He also had a 33.5-inch vertical leap. He is scheduled to have a personal workout for the Falcons. Going into this upcoming college season, he was considered one of the top cornerbacks in the SEC, but was declared academically ineligible prompting him to declare for the supplemental draft. Over the course of his three-year career, he tallied 83 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 3 sacks, 7 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 5 forced fumbles, 1 recovery, and 2 quarterback hurries.

Both Patrick and Oliver are considered middle round possibilities in the supplemental draft.

The Falcons have chosen only one player in the supplemental draft in the team’s history, which was defensive end Matt Teague in 1980. Teague only played one season with the Falcons (1981), in which he appeared in 11 games.

The supplemental draft has been held each summer since 1977. Teams essentially bid on players, submitting which player they want to select and in which round they want to select him. Tie-breakers are determined based off the team’s finish the previous season, with worse teams getting the edge. If a team drafts a player in the supplemental draft, they forfeit that round pick in the following college draft.

Last summer, the Cincinnati Bengals chose linebacker Ahmad Brooks in the third round of the supplemental draft. The draft has brought some stars to the NFL in the past, but also some notable busts. Pro Bowlers such as Bernie Kosar, Cris Carter, and more recently Mike Wahle and Jamal Williams all got their NFL starts via the supplemental draft. But players like Brian Bosworth and recently Tony Hollings have been some of the notable busts.

Update: The supplemental draft will be held on July 12, 2007.

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