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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/14

March 14th, 2012 Comments off

The Falcons were confirmed to be at three pro days on THursday, including Florida State, Penn State, and William & Mary, and likely to have also attended a fourth at Michigan State. Other pro days held on Thursday included California, Marshall, Maryland, and Oklahoma.

According to SI.com’s Tony Pauline, the Florida State pro day was uneventful although left tackle Andrew Datko was able to put up 20 bench reps. That was impressive given Datko’s struggles with recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for most of the 2011 season.

It was the first pro day at Penn State not helmed by the late Joe Paterno in a long time. Guard Johnnie Troutman ran a 40 time in the 5.3 range. Running back Stephfon Green had 17 bench reps, 9-10 broad jump, 33-inch vertical, and ran in the 4.4 range according to reports.

The top prospects at William & Mary are a pair of potential late round picks in tight end Alex Gottlieb and linebacker Jake Trintin.

Various reports put the number of teams attending Michigan State’s pro day between 26 and all 32 NFL teams. That makes the odds good that the Falcons were also there. Tight end Garrett Celek, the younger brother of Eagles tight end Brent, ran a 4.69 40 with a 34-inch vertical, 9-11 broad jump, 4.39 short shuttle, and 19 bench reps .

At Marshall’s pro day, defensive end Vinny Curry made headlines with some major improvement from his Combine performance. He ran a 40 time in 4.65 seconds, 0.22 seconds faster than his Combine time. He also did 28 bench reps and jumped 35.5 inches on the vertical, a 3.5-inch improvement from Indianapolis. He is projected as a potential late first round pick due to his performance after a disappointing Combine, reportedly due to nerves.

Also, it has been confirmed that the Falcons were among 22 teams at California (PA)’s pro day on Tuesday. There, guard Rishaw Johnson is their top draft prospect, only performed in positional drills after a solid Combine performance last month. Wide receiver Thomas Mayo showed excellent athleticism, posting a 41.5-inch vertical jump and 4.48 40-yard dash time.

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Falcons check out UMass prospects

March 13th, 2012 Comments off

Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that the Falcons were among four teams at Massachusett’s pro day on Monday. The biggest name there was tight end/fullback Emil Igwenagu, who was invited both to the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine in the past few months. At the Combine, Igwenagu measured 6’1″ 249 pounds, ran a 4.75 40, did 19 bench reps, and leapt 34.5 inches on the vertical.

According to Reiss, wide receiver Jesse Julmiste clocked a 4.47 40 time. Offensive lineman Josh Samuda put up 30 bench reps of 225 pounds. The Falcons have been regular attendees of the UMass pro day the past few years, attending each of the last two pro days.

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Falcons worked out Illinois DB Wilson

March 13th, 2012 Comments off

Aaron Wilson of Scout.com reported a few days ago that the Falcons were set to work out Illinois defensive back Tavon Wilson on Monday, with Thomas Dimitroff, Mike Smith, and Mike Nolan expected to be in attendance.

Wilson moved between cornerback and safety in his career at Illinois. He started this past year mainly at corner, after playing primarily safety as a junior. His first two years were played at corner.

The 5’11″ 205-pound defensive back ran a 4.50 40 at Illinois pro day last Tuesday. He also impressed with a 32-inch vertical, 10-4 broad jump, 4.16 short shuttle, 7.04 3-cone, and 17 bench reps of 225 pounds. It’s a very likely indicator that the Falcons were among the 29 teams that were said to have shown up for Illinois pro day last week.

Wilson projects most likely to safety in the NFL, but his ability to play corner adds versatility.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/9

March 9th, 2012 Comments off

The Falcons sent representatives to at least six pro days held on Friday, including those of Florida International, Furman, Mississippi, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Purdue.

For FIU, the big name was wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who showcased his explosiveness clocking a 4.36 official 40 time during the workout. Furman’s top pro prospect is cornerback Ryan Steed, who was less impressive with a 40 time of 4.55. For Ole Miss, offensive tackle Bobby Massie was impressive during positional drills according to SI.com’s Tony Pauline. Massie is seen as a potential Top 50 draft choice.

Ohio State’s pro day also featured a top offensive tackle in Mike Adams. Adams improved upon his Combine performance of 19 bench reps by adding two more. Linebacker Andrew Sweat was timed in the 40-yard dash in the 4.6-range, with some stopwatches having him time in the high 4.5s. At Purdue, linebacker Joe Holland weighed in at 231 pounds, ran a 4.47 40 time, and did 22 bench reps of 225 pounds. Offensive tackle Dennis Kelly, measuring 6’8″ 320 put up and impressive 30 reps.

The biggest name working out on Friday of course was Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Every NFL team showed up to Stillwater to see Blackmon among others. Blackmon, who opted not to work out at last month’s Combine ran an official 40 of 4.46 seconds. He also jumped 10’3″ on the broad jump and 35 inches on the vertical. He caught 14 of 16 passes thrown to him by highly rated passer Brandon Weeden, with two drops.

Offensive tackle Levy Adcock, who was not invited to the Combine ran a 5.18 40, did 26 bench reps, and leapt 27.5 inches on the vertical. Fellow wideout Josh Cooper clocked a 4.62 40 officially.

Other pro days held on Friday included Montana, Northern Illinois, Texas Christian, and Troy. It is unknown if the Falcons attended any of them. Twenty-three teams showed up for Montana’s pro day, primarily to check out cornerback Trumaine Johnson. For Troy, Jonathan Massaquoi who is projected by many as a 3-4 outside linebacker weighed in at 261 pounds, recorded a 34-inch vertical and did 20 bench reps.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/8

March 9th, 2012 Comments off

It was a busy pro day slate on Thursday, with the Falcons being confirmed to be in attendance at three pro days: Colorado, Miami, and Washington.

The standout for the Buffaloes was running back Rodney Stewart, who measured in at 5’6 1/2″ 179 pounds, but ran a 4.53 40, did 21 bench reps, and posted 36-inch vertical and 10’4″ broad jumps. He also had an impressive 6.72 3-cone drill time.

All 32 teams were represented at Miami. Wide receivers Aldarius Johnson and LaRon Byrd both ran 40 times in the 4.4-range. Safety JoJo Nicholas (6-0, 196) ran a 4.56 40. Defensive end Olivier Vernon is starting to move up draft boards and clocked a 40 at 4.68. Bethune-Cookman defensive end Ryan Davis was also invited and impressed in outside linebacker drills. The 6’2 1/2″ 259-pound pass rush ran a 4.79 40 time and posted a 35-inch vertical and 9’6″ broad jump.

Per Rob Rang of CBS Sports, running back Chris Polk looked quicker and slimmer at his pro day, running at a 4.45 40 at 212 pounds. Guard Senio Kelemete improved his bench press, putting up 25 reps of 225 pounds, four more than he did at last month’s Combine. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse caught every pass in workouts that hit his hands, and ran a 4.40 40, 0.14 seconds faster than what he did in Indianapolis. Cornerback Quinton Richardson also impressed with speed, clocking a 40 in the mid-4.3 range.

Other notable pro days that took place on Thursday were Clemson, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Syracuse. There has been no confirmation that the Falcons attended any of them, but it’s likely they were at least represented at some.

Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen opted against running a 40 at their pro day, after clocking a 4.89 at the Combine last month. But he did catch the ball well in position drills per Tony Pauline of SI.com. Defensive end Andre Branch looked solid in positional drills. Offensive tackle Landon Walker put up an impressing 32 bench reps and clocked a 5.30 40 time. Fullback Chad Diehl did 28 bench reps and ran a 4.90 40.

At Mississippi State, most had come to see defensive tackle Fletcher Cox work out. But per Pauline, many came away impressed with offensive tackle James Carmon, measuring in at 6’6″ 330 pounds. He ran a 5.24 40, 4.17 short shuttle, and did 22 bench reps. According to reports, 18 teams were represented there.

At Nebraska, defensive end Jared Crick who did not lift last month at the Combine posted 26 bench reps of 225 pounds according to Husker Extra.com. Wide receiver Brandon Kinnie impressed, measuring in at 6’4″ 218 pounds, but ran a 4.41 40, 36.5-inch vertical, and 10’5″ broad jump. But cornerback Marcus Mendoza might have showcased the most impressive athleticism, blowing away the competition with a 4.37 40 time and 45.5-inch vertical leap, two inches more than any seen in Indianapolis. The 5’10″ 190-pound corner also had an 11’1″ broad jump and put up 20 bench reps. Twenty scouts reportedly attended the workout.

Northwestern wideout Jeremy Ebert impressed with a 4.38 40 time at their pro day, leaving the 25 teams that were in attendance buzzin according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. Quarterback Dan Persa threw the ball well and showed nice athleticism with a 4.80 40 and 32-inch vertical jump.

The big name at Syracuse was defensive end Chandler Jones. Jones measured in at 255 pounds, down 11 from the Combine due to a persistent stomach flu. Between 29 and 31 teams were reported to be in attendance at that pro day.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/7

March 7th, 2012 Comments off

A number of pro days took place on Wednesday, including some big schools such as Alabama, USC, Texas A&M, Wisconsin. Kentucky and Louisville also held their pro days as well.

The Falcons were definitely at the Wisconsin and Alabama pro days, and likely to be at the USC (although unconfirmed as of yet). Twenty-three teams were counted at Kentucky, 18 at Texas A&M, and 12 at Louisville. Whether the Falcons were in attendance at the latter three has not been confirmed.

For Wisconsin, quarterback Russell Wilson managed to impress with his arm strength in passing drills, completing all but 3 of 65 attempts. Tony Pauline of SI.com reports that observers called guard Kevin Zeitler’s work in positional drills “outstanding” and “beastly.” Zeitler played right guard for the Badgers is projected as a second round pick. A player that emerged at the pro day was wide receiver Derek Carrier, hailing from Division III school Beloit. Carrier mesasured 6’3″ 240pounds, ran a 40 under 4.5, measured a 40-inch vertical, 10-2 broad, and 6.69 3-cone drill. Carrier led the Beloit Buccaneers last year with 75 catches for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns. His workout had scouts “scrambling” for more tape per Pauline.

Alabama’s pro day was marred from the fact that top prospects Courtney Upshaw, Trent Richardson, and Mark Barron did not work out. But that did not stop cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick from “wowing” scouts in position drills according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt. Tight end Brad Smelley also had an impressive workout according to sources. The undersized tight end (6’2″ 237) ran a 4.76 40 time, did 13 bench reps, and recorded a 7.15 3-cone drill.

The big name at Texas A&M’s pro day was quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who sat out due to his injured foot. But in his absence, wide receiver Jeff Fuller improved his draft stock. Fuller weighed in at 225 pounds, ran a 4.65 40, but als had a 36-inch vertical leap and 7.10 3-cone drill. Cornerback Terrence Frederick clocked an impressive 4.47 40 time. Fuller is expected to work out with Tannehill later this month on March 28.

Tomorrow’s pro day schedule will be a busy one which will include Clemson, Colorado, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Alabama, Northwestern, Ohio, Syracuse, Utah State, Washington, Western Kentucky, and Wyoming. All of those schools potentially will feature at least one draftable prospect. The University of Miami’s official site indicates that Falcons eastern regional scout Marvin Allen is expected to attend tomorrow.

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Falcons spotted at Auburn and UCLA pro days

March 7th, 2012 Comments off

Justin Hokanson of Auburn Sports tweets the Falcons were among the teams represented at Auburn’s pro day yesterday.

The biggest name prospect for Auburn was offensive tackle Brandon Mosley, who worked out at last month’s Combine. Mosley only performed in positional drills on Tuesday, standing on his Combine numbers. There, he measured 6’6″ 314 pounds, ran a 5.21 40-yard dash, did 30 bench reps, and his 7.43 3-cone drill was the third best among all offensive linemen in Indianapolis. Long snapper Josh Harris was also invited to the Combine, but the 6’1″ 252-pound player opted to try and improve his Combine numbers, as he was able to put up one more bench rep (16) than he did in Indianapolis by working out. He also had an impressive 11 foot, 5-inch broad jump.

Other non-Combine invitees included safety Neiko Thorpe who blazed with a 4.40 40-yard dash time. The 6’1″ 198-pound converted corner only lifted 225 pounds 4 times, but showed impressive athleticism with an 11’5″ broad jump and 38-inch vertical. Linebacker Eltoro Freeman did 28 bench reps, jumped 11 feet, 5 inches in the broad, and had an unofficial 4.70 40 time.

SI.com’s Tony Pauline reports all 32 teams were represented at UCLA’s pro day on Tuesday as well. Wide receiver Nelson Rosario measured out at 6’5 1/2″, 230 pounds, ran a 4.55 40 into the wind, and leaped 36.5 inches on the vertical, and 10 feet, 1 inch on the broad jump. Safety Tony Dye missed most of last season with an injury, ran a 4.56 40, 4.15 short shuttle, 7.02 3-cone, and leaped 36.5 inches on the vertical jump.

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Falcons check out Buffalo draft prospects

March 7th, 2012 Comments off

Player agent Mook Williams tweets that the Falcons were among a handful of teams present at the University of Buffalo’s pro day on Tuesday. The biggest name prospect was wide receiver Marcus Rivers. Rivers, who measures 6’3″ 218 pounds with 34-inch arms, performed a broad jump of 10’4″, a vertical leap of 36 inches, and did 6 bench reps of 225 pounds. No official word on what Rivers ran in the 40 yard dash, although he did time 4.61 a year ago at Buffalo’s pro day. Rivers is considered a potential late round prospect.

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Smith attends Georgia Tech pro day

March 6th, 2012 Comments off
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Mike Smith stands with Bears head coach Lovie Smith

Georgia Tech’s Asst. Director of Media Relations Dean Buchan tweeted a photo indicating that Falcons head coach Mike Smith was on hand to view the pro days of the school’s prospects earlier today. As reported by the AJC yesterday, Smith was also on hand to see the University of Georgia’s prospects. As mentioned this past Friday, the Falcons have consistently sent some of their top representatives to the pro days of the two biggest local schools over the years, and apparently the tradition continues.

The biggest name among Georgia Tech’s prospect is wide receiver Stephen Hill, who was one of the players that emerged during last month’s Combine in Indianapolis after he clocked the second-fastest 40 time at 4.36 seconds officially.

Yesterday at Georgia, the Falcons could have been checking out tight end Orson Charles. Charles did not run a 40-yard dash at the Combine last month, instead waiting for yesterday’s pro day. He did not light it up, running a mediocre 4.75 time.

Other notable pro days today include that of Illinois and Arkansas. There has been no official confirmation that the Falcons sent representatives to either, but it is likely since there are reports that 29 teams showed up in Champaign to see Illini prospects work out, and 27 teams were represented at Arkansas pro day.

For Illinois, the biggest name is likely first round defensive end Whitney Mercilus, who led the nation in sacks this past year. Non-Combine participants who hope to improve their draft stock include defensive back Tavon Wilson and running back Jason Ford. At Arkansas, they have a trio of wide receivers in Joe Adams, Jarius Wright, and Greg Childs that headline their prospects. Defensive end Jake Bequette and linebacker Jerry Franklin are also prominent names. Franklin was not invited to the Combine.

Falcons kick off pro day schedule

March 2nd, 2012 Comments off
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Mizzou TE Michael Egnew

The Falcons were confirmed to be in attendance for two of the three pro days that kicked off on Thursday, and likely were at the third. The Falcons definitely sent represents to Missouri on Thursday and Cincinnati on Friday for their pro days, with Miami of Ohio being the third, held on Thursday as well.

The Falcons likely had a close eye on tight end Michael Egnew on Thursday as they were among 16 teams in attendance according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Egnew, who worked out this past Saturday at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis did not bench press or run the 40 at Missouri’s pro day. In Indianapolis, he clocked a 4.62 official 40 time, and did 21 bench reps of 225 pounds. But he did do positional drill and improved upon some of his numbers from the Combine, adding 4 inches to his broad by leaping 11 feet, 3 inches. He also added an inch and half with a 37.5-inch vertical. Egnew was nursing a sore hamstring on Thurday, but may re-run his 40 at Missouri’s second pro day slated for March 15 according to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star. The Falcons have drafted two Missouri products in the past three years: Sean Weatherspoon and William Moore.

Also on Thursday, Miami of Ohio guard Brandon Brooks created a lot of buzz. According to SI.com’s Tony Pauline over two dozen teams were represented at the pro day, which likely included the Falcons, although that is unconfirmed.

Brooks, who was not invited to the Combine last weekend, measured in at 6-5, 346 pounds, and clocked a 40 time of 4.98, while recording a 32-inch vertical jump and did 36 bench reps of 225 pounds. He was noted by Pauline to look fluid in positional drills. Brooks potentially could be one of the highest picks of those players not invited to Indianapolis, and with his strong pro day performance could bump him into being a solid Day Two draft pick.

Earlier today, the Falcons were among 28 teams spotted at Cincinnati’s pro day per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Bearcats’ top pro prospect is running back Isaiah Pead. Pead, along with defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, were both invited to the Combine and only participated in positional drills today.

Pead measured in at 5-10, 197 pounds at the Combine and impressed with a 4.47 40 and 6.95 3-cone drill, both among the top five for his position group. Wolfe was a burly 6-5, 295 pounds at the Combine and did 33 bench reps, and showed impressive athleticism with a 5.01 40-yard dash and 33.5-inch vertical.

On Friday per Pauline, wide receiver D.J. Woods tested well, measuring in at 6-feet, 180 pounds and ran a 4.42 40 with a 37-inch vertical leap. Undersized quarterback Zach Collaros measured at just 6 feet tall, but displayed a strong arm per Pauline. His speed (4.70) and strength (22 bench reps) could potentially have him moving to a new position.

Next week’s bigger pro days include Georgia (Monday) and Georgia Tech (Tuesday), two local pro days which the Falcons have consistently had strong presences at. On Wednesday, Texas A&M, Alabama, and USC will hold their pro days. Thursday’s slate will feature Clemson and Miami (FL). On Friday, Ohio State and Oklahoma State are likely to draw the most eyes.

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