Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/16
Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly reports that all but two teams showed up at today’s Illinois pro day, indicating that the Falcons were among the 30 teams in attendance. It’s likely most teams wanted to get long looks at linebacker Martez Wilson and defensive tackle Corey Liuget, a pair of underclassman that are expected to be first round picks. Also junior running back Mikel Leshoure is considered a prominent pro prospect.
Mike Duffy of Baltimore Ravens.com and Rich Campbell of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star report that the Falcons were in attendance at the University of Maryland’s pro day today as well. Most likely to check out wide receiver Torrey Smith, who is projected by most as a potential first round pick and possible target of the Falcons in Round One. Running back Da’Rel Scott is also a highly-rated prospect, coming off a strong Combine performance. Neither Smith or Scott are expected to do anything beyond positional drills today.
Update: Falcons representatives were on hand for the Kansas pro day according to KUAthletics.com. Kansas lacks elite prospects, but undersized CB Chris Harris was trying to make a name for himself by running a 4.45 40 time. Also among KU possibilities working out in front of the Falcons were OG Brad Thorson, DE Jake Laptad, and WR Jonathan Wilson.
Florida State, Michigan State, Penn State, and Mount Union also are holding their pro days today. No word on whether the Falcons are in attendance. Thirty nine representatives of at least 28 NFL teams were on hand in Tallahassee to see QB Christian Ponder and OG Rodney Hudson of Florida State. There are reports of 27 scouts being in attendance at Michigan State to see ILB Greg Jones, the Spartans headliner among their draft prospects. At Mount Union’s pro day today, WR Cecil Shorts ran a 4.38 in the rain according to reports.
In another update from earlier in the week, John Evans of Central Michigan Life, the school’s student newspaper, reports that a Falcons scout was on hand at their pro day on Monday. That scout took their three senior linemen: center Colin Miller, guard Jeff Maddux, and defensive tackle Sean Murnane through positional drills. Both Maddux and Murnane are long shots to be drafted, but Miller could sneak into the late rounds, as he’s the 19th-ranked center in this year’s class according to NFLDraftScout.com.