Falcons kick off pro day schedule

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Mizzou TE Michael Egnew

The Falcons were confirmed to be in attendance for two of the three pro days that kicked off on Thursday, and likely were at the third. The Falcons definitely sent represents to Missouri on Thursday and Cincinnati on Friday for their pro days, with Miami of Ohio being the third, held on Thursday as well.

The Falcons likely had a close eye on tight end Michael Egnew on Thursday as they were among 16 teams in attendance according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Egnew, who worked out this past Saturday at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis did not bench press or run the 40 at Missouri’s pro day. In Indianapolis, he clocked a 4.62 official 40 time, and did 21 bench reps of 225 pounds. But he did do positional drill and improved upon some of his numbers from the Combine, adding 4 inches to his broad by leaping 11 feet, 3 inches. He also added an inch and half with a 37.5-inch vertical. Egnew was nursing a sore hamstring on Thurday, but may re-run his 40 at Missouri’s second pro day slated for March 15 according to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star. The Falcons have drafted two Missouri products in the past three years: Sean Weatherspoon and William Moore.

Also on Thursday, Miami of Ohio guard Brandon Brooks created a lot of buzz. According to SI.com’s Tony Pauline over two dozen teams were represented at the pro day, which likely included the Falcons, although that is unconfirmed.

Brooks, who was not invited to the Combine last weekend, measured in at 6-5, 346 pounds, and clocked a 40 time of 4.98, while recording a 32-inch vertical jump and did 36 bench reps of 225 pounds. He was noted by Pauline to look fluid in positional drills. Brooks potentially could be one of the highest picks of those players not invited to Indianapolis, and with his strong pro day performance could bump him into being a solid Day Two draft pick.

Earlier today, the Falcons were among 28 teams spotted at Cincinnati’s pro day per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Bearcats’ top pro prospect is running back Isaiah Pead. Pead, along with defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, were both invited to the Combine and only participated in positional drills today.

Pead measured in at 5-10, 197 pounds at the Combine and impressed with a 4.47 40 and 6.95 3-cone drill, both among the top five for his position group. Wolfe was a burly 6-5, 295 pounds at the Combine and did 33 bench reps, and showed impressive athleticism with a 5.01 40-yard dash and 33.5-inch vertical.

On Friday per Pauline, wide receiver D.J. Woods tested well, measuring in at 6-feet, 180 pounds and ran a 4.42 40 with a 37-inch vertical leap. Undersized quarterback Zach Collaros measured at just 6 feet tall, but displayed a strong arm per Pauline. His speed (4.70) and strength (22 bench reps) could potentially have him moving to a new position.

Next week’s bigger pro days include Georgia (Monday) and Georgia Tech (Tuesday), two local pro days which the Falcons have consistently had strong presences at. On Wednesday, Texas A&M, Alabama, and USC will hold their pro days. Thursday’s slate will feature Clemson and Miami (FL). On Friday, Ohio State and Oklahoma State are likely to draw the most eyes.

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