Ed Thompson of Scout.com reports that the Falcons have shown considerable interest in two draft prospects: Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith and Indiana wide receiver James Hardy.
Smith finished second in the nation with 5065 passing yards. His 47 passing touchdowns also ranked 2nd in the country, and adding in his 13 rushing scores, he outscored Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow (55 touchdowns) last season. Scout.com’s Chris Steuber ranks him as the 10th best quarterback invited to the Combine likely indicating he has a chance to be a mid-to-late round draft pick.
Hardy, an underclassman, ranked 2nd in the country with 16 receiving touchdowns. He grabbed 79 passes for 1125 yards (14.2 avg) this past season. His 6’6″ 220-pound frame gives him intriguing size, and a number of draft sites rank him among the Top 3 of available wide receivers, meaning there’s great potential for him to be a first round pick this April. Hardy played basketball as a true freshman at Indiana. That year, he played in 23 games, starting 3 times. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in 10.7 minutes of playing time.