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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 4/12

April 12th, 2014

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Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews

This past week was a busy one for the Atlanta Falcons as they attended some of the last few pro days of the year as well as conducted private workouts with several 2014 NFL Draft prospects.

Let’s get to the pro days first…

All 32 NFL teams attended LSU’s pro day this past Wednesday. Most of the eyes were drawn to Baton Rouge to see quarterback Zach Mettenberger throw. Mettenberger tore his ACL at the end of this past season and managed to throw. According to reports, he looked rusty considering he’s only five months removed from a major knee surgery.

Other notable workouts were wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who tried to improve on the disappointing 4.77-second 40-yard dash he ran at the Combine. Landry did manage to improve, clocking a 40 time in the 4.58 to 4.63-second range. Defensive tackle Ego Ferguson slimmed down from his Combine weight of 315 pounds to 302. He managed to run a 40 in the 5.08 to 5.13-second range, but was otherwise unimpressive in other measurement drills. But per NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, he did look good in positional drills.

The Falcons were also reportedly at Bloomsburg’s pro day on Thursday. The biggest draw was defensive end Larry Webster, Jr., who’s father played 11 seasons in the NFL, including years in Baltimore when Falcons head coach Mike Smith and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan were assistants there.

Webster sat on his Combine numbers, but did work out a defensive end, defensive tackle, and tight end positional drills. Per Webster, he would prefer to stay as a defensive end at the next level. At the Combine, the 6’6″, 252-pound Webster ran a 4.52-second 40 and had a 36.5-inch vertical, which were on par with South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney.

The Falcons were at Morgan State’s pro day on Monday, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. There they got the chance to see cornerback Joe Rankin, who had a 40 time in the 4.4 to 4.5-second range and did 15 bench reps of 225 pounds.

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Wilson also reported that Murray State wide receiver Walter Powell worked out for the Falcons on Friday, April 11. That capped off a busy week for the Falcons in terms of workouts, as Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (per ESPN) and TCU cornerback Jason Verrett (per NFL.com) were also displaying their skills in front of the team on Friday.

The day before, Auburn fullback Jay Prosch worked out for the team along with North Texas wide receiver Brelan Chancellor.

Other visits conducted this week on unspecified days included SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who worked out on-campus in Dallas. Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp also visited the team this past week.

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News also broke that several other prospects have been looked at by the Falcons this offseason, although when those workouts and visits occurred is unknown. They include Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton, Florida State running back Devonta Freeman and Notre Dame edge-rusher Prince Shembo.

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Future visits were also revealed this week. Updating last week’s report, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report indicates that Central Florida running back Storm Johnson is scheduled to visit the Falcons on April 22. UCF was one of the few pro days that head coach Mike Smith actually attended this year.

ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reports that Brigham Young outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy is scheduled to visit the team on April 16 next week.

McClure also reported that UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr and Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews will visit the Falcons at some point during the week after.

Other pro days this past week:

Monday: Louisiana-Lafayette (21 NFL teams represented)
Tuesday: Penn State (29)
Wednesday: Southern (17)
Thursday: SE Louisiana (21)

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