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Snelling is picked in seventh

April 29th, 2007

With their final pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Falcons selected Virginia running back Jason Snelling with the 244th overall pick in the seventh round.

Snelling (5’11″ 232) has good speed (4.56) and is considered a combo fullback and tailback. He played mostly the former at Virginia, but starred as the team’s tailback and lead rusher as a senior. He had 772 yards on 183 carries (4.2 avg) and 7 scores that season, as well as 29 catches for 282 yards (9.7 avg). In his two previous years as the starting fullback, he combined for 514 yards on 84 carries (6.1 avg) and 24 receptions. As a freshman, he also rushed 9 times for 38 yards (4.2 avg) and caught 31 passes for 4 touchdowns. For his career, he also recorded 16 tackles on special teams and recovered 4 fumbles. Snelling suffers from epilepsy and missed most of the 2003 season due to dizziness.

Snelling will likely get a chance to work as the Falcons short-yardage runner, and also may receive reps as a backup fullback behind Ovie Mughelli.

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