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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/7

March 7th, 2012

A number of pro days took place on Wednesday, including some big schools such as Alabama, USC, Texas A&M, Wisconsin. Kentucky and Louisville also held their pro days as well.

The Falcons were definitely at the Wisconsin and Alabama pro days, and likely to be at the USC (although unconfirmed as of yet). Twenty-three teams were counted at Kentucky, 18 at Texas A&M, and 12 at Louisville. Whether the Falcons were in attendance at the latter three has not been confirmed.

For Wisconsin, quarterback Russell Wilson managed to impress with his arm strength in passing drills, completing all but 3 of 65 attempts. Tony Pauline of SI.com reports that observers called guard Kevin Zeitler’s work in positional drills “outstanding” and “beastly.” Zeitler played right guard for the Badgers is projected as a second round pick. A player that emerged at the pro day was wide receiver Derek Carrier, hailing from Division III school Beloit. Carrier mesasured 6’3″ 240pounds, ran a 40 under 4.5, measured a 40-inch vertical, 10-2 broad, and 6.69 3-cone drill. Carrier led the Beloit Buccaneers last year with 75 catches for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns. His workout had scouts “scrambling” for more tape per Pauline.

Alabama’s pro day was marred from the fact that top prospects Courtney Upshaw, Trent Richardson, and Mark Barron did not work out. But that did not stop cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick from “wowing” scouts in position drills according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt. Tight end Brad Smelley also had an impressive workout according to sources. The undersized tight end (6’2″ 237) ran a 4.76 40 time, did 13 bench reps, and recorded a 7.15 3-cone drill.

The big name at Texas A&M’s pro day was quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who sat out due to his injured foot. But in his absence, wide receiver Jeff Fuller improved his draft stock. Fuller weighed in at 225 pounds, ran a 4.65 40, but als had a 36-inch vertical leap and 7.10 3-cone drill. Cornerback Terrence Frederick clocked an impressive 4.47 40 time. Fuller is expected to work out with Tannehill later this month on March 28.

Tomorrow’s pro day schedule will be a busy one which will include Clemson, Colorado, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Alabama, Northwestern, Ohio, Syracuse, Utah State, Washington, Western Kentucky, and Wyoming. All of those schools potentially will feature at least one draftable prospect. The University of Miami’s official site indicates that Falcons eastern regional scout Marvin Allen is expected to attend tomorrow.

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