The Falcons have been busy the past few days, travelling throughout the country to take closer looks at many of the draft-eligible prospects at several schools’ pro days.
Things kicked off on Friday, with the team being represented at Troy’s pro day, according to Sanjay Kirpalani. They were likely there to see star wideout Jerrel Jernigan, who according to some reports clocked a 40 time in the low 4.3s. The undersized receiver (5-9/185) is known for his explosive capability. Jernigan also measured a 38-inch vertical, improving upon his Combine numbers of 4.46 40 and 37.5-inch vertical leap.
On Monday, Falcon representatives were spotted at both the Tulsa (source) and Rhode Island (source) pro days. The biggest name for Tulsa was fullback/tight end Charles Clay. No updates on his pro day numbers, but during the Scouting Combine Clay measured 6-3/245 pounds, ran a 4.73 40 time, with 18 bench reps of 225 pounds, as well as measuring a 33.5-inch vertical jump, and the second best time among tight ends with a 4.15 short shuttle. You can read a scouting report on Clay by clicking here.
No big names for Rhode Island, although NFLDraftScout.com puts inside linebacker Matt Hansen (5-11/230) as their top-ranked senior (70th-ranked inside linebacker). He recorded 114 tackles this past season to become the school’s all-time leader in that category.
On Tuesday, Falcons officials were on hand for the Auburn pro day, with the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter spotting Falcons Director of Player Personnel Les Snead. The big names for Auburn were quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, both of whom are expected to be Top 10 picks in this year’s draft. But the Falcons could have been on hand to check out several Auburn players who were not on hand at the Combine. Those include DT Zach Clayton, who had an impressive workout per NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, who measured 6-2/299 pounds and clocked a 4.87 40 time with a 33.5-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump, the latter two of which would have ranked among the best for defensive linemen at the Combine.
Also Tuesday the Falcons also got a chance to see Alabama A&T defensive tackle Frank Kearse according to their official site. Per NFLDraftScout.com, Kearse ranks 35th among their defensive tackle prospects. He measures 6-4/315 pounds with 34.25-inch arms giving him over a 7-foot wingspan. He also ran a 5.2 40, jumped 30 inches on the vertical and 8 feet, 7 inches on the broad jump, and did 22 bench reps of 225 pounds.
Adam Stites of Jaggernaut.com cites a Scout.com report indicating that the Falcons were among 28 teams that attended Northwestern’s pro day on Tuesday as well. Impressing the scouts on hand was defensive tackle Corbin Bryant (6-4/298), who clocked a 5.02 40 time and did 31 bench reps.