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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 4/6

April 6th, 2014 No comments

The Atlanta Falcons had a pretty busy week, with numerous reports of their interest and workout schedule coming out. You can check out those reports here:

Falcons worked out Vanderbilt tackle Johnson
Lewan Gets Chance to Audition for Falcons
Falcons set to meet with UConn linebacker Smallwood
Towson’s Terrance West Set to Visit Falcons
Falcons Work out Clowney at Pro Day, Schedule Visit
Falcons Work Out Mack, Ealy and Amaro
UAB tackle Kaycee Ike has Workout Scheduled with Falcons

But that’s not all that happened this week for the Falcons in pro day and draft-related news:

Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider reports that the Falcons worked out a pair of UCLA prospects in linebacker Jordan Zumwalt and wide receiver Shaq Evans.

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Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller reports that the Falcons have scheduled meeting with Central Florida running back Storm Johnson.

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FalcFans Weekly – April 6, 2014

April 6th, 2014 No comments
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William Moore

Potential Atlanta Falcons newcomer and safety Rafael Bush appears very keen on joining the team. The Falcons signed Bush to an offer sheet this week as a restricted free agent, giving his former team, the New Orleans Saints until April 8 to match or let him become a Falcon. Bush is still friends with Falcons safety William Moore, from their days with the team back in 2010-11, and is the strongest candidate should he join the Falcons to replace Thomas DeCoud at free safety.

Blogging Dirty’s Jake Bennett has a nice write-up about how Bush’s addition can benefit the Falcons.

And speaking of Moore, he apparently now has a chip on his shoulder in regards to the contract the Saints gave Jairus Byrd this offseason.

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Vaughn McClure of ESPN has an excellent piece on how defensive tackle Paul Soliai’s contract came to be in Atlanta with a  candid discussion with his agent David Canter.

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McClure also shares insights into center Peter Konz, who has been working hard to improve this offseason. Konz has added some muscle and took to heart the final words of tight end Tony Gonzalez, when he addressed the team before the regular season finale against the Carolina Panthers.

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UAB tackle Kaycee Ike has Workout Scheduled with Falcons

April 4th, 2014 No comments

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Alabama-Birmingham offensive tackle Kaycee Ike has a scheduled workout with the Atlanta Falcons on April 15. It’s possible that date is designated for the team’s annual local pro day, given that Georgia State defensive end Theo Agnew tweeted last week that he was scheduled to work out for the team around the same time.

The local pro day is a day set up for prospects that went to either college or high school in the Atlanta area, as well as throughout the state of Georgia. Ike is a native of Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta.

Ike was a two-year starter for UAB, starting 11 games as a senior primarily at left tackle, and earning 12 starts at right tackle during his junior year. At his pro day earlier in March, he measured 6’4″ and weighed 297 pounds. He had a 5.02-second 40-yard dash with 22 bench reps of 225 pounds and a 26-inch vertical jump. He is not projected to be drafted, but could be a priority undrafted free-agent signing.

Agnew is a former transfer from Massachusetts. In two seasons at UMass, he started a combined nine games and had 66 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, two pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He started primarily at defensive end at Georgia State when he transferred as a junior, but also saw snaps at defensive tackle. In two seasons at GSU, Agnew combined for 124 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He too is projected as an undrafted free-agent candidate.

Previous participants in the Falcons local pro day have included tight end Michael Palmer, who made the team’s roster as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Linebacker Akeem Dent worked out at the local pro day the following year, and it helped him get drafted by the team in the third round.

Falcons Work Out Mack, Ealy and Amaro

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

 Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy

The Atlanta Falcons had a busy Wednesday, as not only did they look at defensive end Jadeveon Clowney during his pro day in South Carolina, they also conducted several workouts at their own facilities in Flowery Branch, GA.

Two players that were reportedly brought in to work out were Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack and Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt.

ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports that the Falcons also conducted a workout for Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro on Wednesday.

Mack is considered one of the top prospects in this year’s draft class, and the Falcons previously had checked out him during his pro day. He could potentially be the team’s top selection in the draft. He finished his career tied as the NCAA’s career leader in tackles for loss with 75. He also had a school-record 28.5 sacks.

Ealy is widely considered a first-round prospect as well, but is unlikely to be under consideration for the Falcons’ sixth overall pick. Instead, he may be in the mix in the second round, where the Falcons hold the 37th overall selection. Ealy finished this past season with eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss.

Amaro is considered one of the premier tight ends in this year’s class, coming off a junior year that saw him catch 106 passes for 1,352 yards (12.8 avg) and seven touchdowns. His receptions led the Big 12 Conference and ranked seventh in the nation in 2013. His yardage mark became a single-season record for tight end. Most of Amaro’s production came this past year, as he missed six games as a sophomore due to a ruptured spleen.

He is considered to have first-round potential, although the Falcons are likely hoping he is available at the top of the second round where they pick.

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Falcons Work out Clowney at Pro Day, Schedule Visit

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Atlanta Falcons have lined up a workout with South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The Falcons sent scouts along with defensive line coach Bryan Cox and outside linebackers coach Mark Collins to Columbia, SC today to witness Clowney’s workout. Collins helped put Clowney through his paces during linebacker coverage drills as the pro day was broadcast on NFL Network this morning.

Clowney is widely considered the top prospect in the 2014 draft class, and it has long been rumored that the Falcons are one of many teams pthat could facilitate a trade up to get him since he’s not expected to be available when the Falcons go on the clock with the sixth overall selection in the first round.

Clowney publicly expressed interest to play for the Falcons back in February prior to the Scouting Combine, where he put on a show similar to his impressive performance at today’s pro day. At the Combine, Clowney ran a 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, and jumped 37.5 inches for his vertical and 10 feet, 4 inches on his broad jump.

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Towson’s Terrance West Set to Visit Falcons

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Towson running back Terrance West has a predraft visit schedule with the Atlanta Falcons. The time of when the visit is set to occur is not yet known.

West is coming off a record-setting junior year, rushing for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns, prompting his early entry into the 2014 NFL Draft. Both totals were new records for FCS-level.

A native of Baltimore, West struggled to qualify academically out of high school and went to Fork Union Military Academy. He left the school and wound up at Towson as a 20-year old freshman in 2011, rushing for 1,294 yards in his debut season. He also set the FCS record for touchdowns by a freshman with 29. In three years, West rushed for a total of 4,854 yards and 84 touchdowns.

At the Combine, West ran a 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds, did 16 bench reps of 225 pounds, and recorded a 33.5-inch vertical jump. He also measured at 5’9″ and weighed 225 pounds.

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Falcons set to meet with UConn linebacker Smallwood

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Ross Jones of FOX Sports reports that the Atlanta Falcons are set to meet with Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood this week for an on-campus workout.

Smallwood was a three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Huskies, earning All-conference honors twice during his career. Smallwood declared for the draft following his junior season, coming off a year where he recorded 118 tackles, 9.5 for loss, four sacks, eight pass breakups and an an interception returned 59 yards for a touchdown.

Smallwood ran a disappointing 5.01-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine in February, thanks to tweaking his hamstring early in the run. But showed good explosition with a 1.60-second 10-yard split before the injury occurred. He also recorded 18 bench reps of 225 pounds and a 36.5-inch vertical jump at the Combine, measuring in at 6’2″ and 246 pounds. He is considered a middle-round prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Lewan Gets Chance to Audition for Falcons

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports that the Atlanta Falcons worked out Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan on Monday. Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic reports that the Falcons sent a group consisting of their entire front office and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to Scottsdale, AZ to work out Lewan at his native Chaparral High.

Lewan made headlines a year ago when he opted to stay in school for his senior season despite receiving first-round grades from advisors coming off an All-American season. Lewan finished his career strong, earning his All-Big 10 honors for the third year in a row as a senior.

Lewan shined at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February, clocking a 4.87-second 40-yard dash time, the fastest of any offensive linemen. His 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump also topped out the best among blockers, and was just one inch shy of the record for an offensive linemen set at the Combine.

Lewan has been chased by off-field incidents over the past year, including peripheral involvement in an alleged sexual assault of a Michigan student by a former teammate, who has since been kicked out of school. He also was allegedly involved in a fight in December 2013 where two Ohio State fans were assaulted after hours. Lewan insists that his involvement did not go beyond breaking up the fight, however he was charged earlier this month with aggravated assault and assault and battery stemming from the incident.

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Falcons worked out Vanderbilt tackle Johnson

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that the Atlanta Falcons worked out Vanderbilt offensive tackle Wesley Johnson on Tuesday. Johnson is considered a potential late-round prospect.

Johnson measured 6’5″, 297 pounds at the Scouting Combine in February, where he ran a 5.11-second 40-yard dash, did 26 bench reps of 225 pounds, and had a 29-inch vertical jump.

He started 51 games during his career at Vanderbilt, the most in school history. He was a three-year starter at left tackle, but also garnered starts at center (seven) and left guard (two) during his sophomore season. He earned first team All-SEC honors as a senior.

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FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 62 “What’s Gonna Happen with the Pass Rush?”

March 31st, 2014 No comments

Allen and I are back to discuss some of the most intriguing moves made in free agency by the other 31 NFL teams not named the Atlanta Falcons. But before we dive deep into DeSean Jackson’s future and the horror that is the Oakland Raiders offseason, we invited the Falcoholic Dave Choate to share his thoughts on the Falcons offseason moves. Dave and I discuss whether the Falcons pass rush will be improved with the moves so far, as well as what the Falcons can do in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft to fix that problem. We also invite Macon-area Falcon fan Dylan Hoyt to describe an interesting week that saw him embroiled with a controversy on Twitter involving wide receiver Roddy White.

Episode 62: What’s Gonna Happen with the Pass Rush? [Download]

Duration: 1 hour, 54 minutes

Allen covers the Falcons for Pro Football Spot. His twitter handle is: @Allen_Strk.

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