The Atlanta Falcons will host several local prospects tomorrow on April 7 for their annual local pro day. During which, players that have ties to local high schools and colleges will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in a Combine-like atmosphere for the team. In past years, players like tight end Michael Palmer, quarterback T.J. Yates and safety Kimario McFadden have taken advantage of those opportunities to eventually land on the Falcons. Both Palmer and McFadden did as undrafted free agents, and Yates was traded for a year ago after spending a few years with the Houston Texans.
According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there are multiple players that are confirmed to be working out for the team including: tight end Rory Anderson (South Carolina), running back Mike Davis (South Carolina), cornerback Norman Hayes (Harvard), linebacker Amarlo Herrera (Georgia), cornerback John Mincy (Auburn), cornerback Garry Peters (Clemson), defensive tackle Tory Slater (West Georgia), wide receiver DeAndre Smelter (Georgia Tech), defensive tackle Mike Thornton (Georgia), outside linebacker James Vaughters (Stanford). Other players that are reportedly expected to show up are quarterback Taylor Heinicke (Old Dominion) and guard A.J. Kaplan (Georgia State).
Other players that the Falcons have also shown interest in this offseason that have local ties, but are unconfirmed if they will be in Flowery Branch tomorrow include: offensive tackle Austin Shepherd (Alabama), quarterback Blake Sims (Alabama) and defensive tackle Gabe Wright (Auburn). Edge-rushers Vic Beasley (Clemson) and Alvin “Bud” Dupree (Kentucky) are also Georgia natives, but unlikely to attend as bonafide first-round picks. The local pro day is typically reserved for late-round prospects and guys trying to catch on as undrafted free agents.
Among those confirmed to be coming, Davis is the highest profile player. CBS Sports ranks him as the 103rd overall prospect. I most recently projected him as the Falcons’ third-round pick in my latest mock draft. Heinicke, Herrera and Vaughters are ranked within CBS Sports’ top 300 draft prospects which puts them as borderline draftable prospects.
Slater was able to vault onto the Falcons radar with an impressive pro day workout last month, where the 285-pound lineman managed 31 bench reps of 225 pounds along with vertical leap of 35 inches and broad jump of 10-feet, 3 inches. Smelter is another notable prospect given that he suffered a torn ACL in December. Whether he is able to go through drills tomorrow remains to be seen, but the Falcons could glean some important medical information to follow up February’s Scouting Combine.