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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/30

Ball State's Pro Day attracts scouts from 21 NFL teams

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reports that the Atlanta Falcons are taking a look at a pair of draft prospects this week: Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman.

Fiedorowicz showcased athleticism at his Scouting Combine workout in February. He measured in at 6’5″ and weighed 265 pounds. He clocked a 4.76-second 40-yard dash time, 25 bench reps of 225 pounds, with a 7.10-second three-cone drill. He is coming off a career-high six touchdowns this past year while catching 30 passes for 299 yards (10.0 avg). As a junior, he caught 45 passes for 433 yards (9.6 avg) and just one touchdown. He was coached by the Falcons during the Senior Bowl, where he got to know them better. He is being projected as a middle-round pick.

Hageman is another physical specimen due to his sheer size at 6’6″ and 310 pounds. He had 32 bench reps and ran a 5.02-second 40 time at the Combine. This past season he had a career-high 13 tackles for loss, but only a pair of sacks. He had six sacks as a junior with 7.5 tackles for loss. Hageman is considered a potential late first-round pick, meaning the Falcons are likely hoping he falls to them in the early second-round if they are to pick him.

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Oregon all-purpose specialist De’Anthony Thomas had a private workout with the Falcons on Saturday according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Thomas played a multitude of roles for the Ducks over the years, playing both running back and receiver while also returning kicks. At Oregon, Thomas scored 41 offensive touchdowns and 5 on special teams over three seasons. The undersized, but explosive Thomas measured in at 5’9″, 174 pounds at February’s Combine. He ran a 4.34-second 40 time at his pro day earlier this month.

The Falcons could be looking at Thomas to bolster their special teams, where the team has already invested in free agent signees Devin Hester and Javier Arenas.

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Texas edge-rusher Jackson Jeffcoat had a workout with the Falcons. Jeffcoat is coming off a productive season year at Texas, where he tallied 13 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and an interception. His junior season was cut short due to a pectoral injury, but he still managed to get four sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in six games. Jeffcoat’s father Jim was a defensive end predominantly for the Dallas Cowboys from 1983-97. Jeffcoat weighed in at 253 pounds at his pro day this past Wednesday.

The Falcons were attendance at his pro day this past week as NFL.com reports that all 32 teams were represented.

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TFY Insider’s Tony Pauline reports that another Boston College quarterback has shown up on the Falcons’ radar. Chase Rettig worked out for the team on Friday. Rettig through for 8,253 yards, 52 touchdowns and 39 interceptions during his career for the Eagles. He started 46 career games, compiling a 18-34 record. He however led the Eagles to a 7-6 record as his workload was reduced and the offense was run primarily through running back Andre Williams. Rettig is considered a candidate to be signed as an undrafted free agent.

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On Thursday, the Falcons worked out Wake Forest defensive tackle Nikita Whitlock. Whitlock had an impressive pro day performance, where he measured in at just under 5’10″ and weighed 251 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.74 seconds, jumped 33 inches on the vertical, ran a three-cone drill in the 6.9-second range, and did 43 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Whitlock played defensive tackle at Wake Forest, but due to his size is being worked out at fullback and linebacker.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons attended Georgia Tech’s pro day on Friday. Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, who was unable to workout at the Scouting Combien in February due to injury got the opportunity to shine in front of all 32 NFL teams at his pro day. He measured in at 6’3″, weight 249 pounds. He ran a 4.57-second 40 with a 37.5-inch vertical jump. He did not perform the bench press.

The Nigerian-born pass rusher is coming off a senior year at defensive end where he recorded 12.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. He had 10 sacks and 12 tackles for loss as a junior when he played outside linebacker in Tech’s 3-4 scheme.

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All 32 teams including the Falcons were on hand to see N.C. State’s pro day this past Monday. There tight end Asa Watson showcased athleticism similar to his older brother, Ben Watson, a former first-round pick that currently plays for the New Orleans Saints. At 6’2″ and 239 pounds, Watson ran a 40 in 4.65 seconds with a 32-inch vertical jump, 7.05-second three-cone drill, and 26 bench reps of 225 pounds.

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The Falcons were also in attendance of Ball State’s pro day on Thursday. Wide receiver Willie Snead and defensive end Jonathan Newsome are the school’s top prospects, as both are projected to be late-round picks in May. At the pro day Snead improved on his 40-yard dash time from the Combine, lowering his time from 4.62 to 4.51 seconds. Newsome weighed in at 247 pounds with a  6’3″ frame at the Combine. He is a former Ohio State transfer, combining for 16.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss the past two seasons at Ball State.

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Falcons representatives were also spotted at Massachusetts’ pro day. UMass’ top prospect is tight end Rob Blanchflower, who was unable to work out for scouts on Monday. But defensive lineman Justin Anderson was able to emerge, measuring in at a 6’4″ and weighing 283 pounds. He had a 30-inch vertical, 4.87-second 40 and 31 bench reps. Anderson transferred from Maryland after graduating last spring. He was primarily a backup at Maryland, starting 13 games as a sophomore in 2010. He finished his Maryland career with two sacks and seven tackles for loss. Anderson led UMass with four sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss this past fall.

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Other highly attended pro days from this past week include:

Monday, March 24: Iowa (28)
Tuesday, March 25: North Carolina (30), Iowa State (16)
Wednesday, March 26: Duke (23), Syracuse (21), Indiana (19), Texas State (18)
Thursday, March 27: Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech (20)
Friday, March 28: Southern Methodist (22)

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