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.
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.
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.
As has been the case in past years, we’ll be looking at which players have reportedly talked to the Atlanta Falcons during the week of practices for the Senior Bowl, a collegiate all-star game that will be played on Saturday, January 28, 2012.
- CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia
- TE Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
- WR Brian Quick, Appalachian State
As more information becomes available, we’ll continue to update this list.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football reports that the Falcons will have a private visit with Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan today and tomorrow, and will receive a visit from Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn on Tuesday.
The Falcons have reached the final stages in the pre-draft process in which they conduct their final private workouts, then finalize their draft board. They have spent the past two weeks flying prospective prospects and draft targets to Flowery Branch in order to conduct private workouts, which usually involve a film session and meeting with coaches and typically a point where the team gets to figure out a player from the neck up rather than another athletic workout.
Wilson also reports that Central Arkansas pass rusher Markell Carter will visit the Falcons on Tuesday. Carter measures 6-4, 252 pounds with 4.70 speed and combined for 12.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss the past two years.
According to Pro Football Talks’ visits tracker, the Falcons will also look at Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter on Monday.
Tuesday will see a meeting with Hawaii runner Alex Green. And on Wednesday the Falcons will take a look at USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith.
The Falcons are set to meet with several prospects leading up to the draft on April 28…
April 18 Update:
The Falcons will conduct private workouts with Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan on Monday and Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn on Tuesday. The Falcons are also meeting with Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter on Monday, and Central Arkansas DE Markell Carter and Hawaii RB Alex Green on Tuesday.
On April 12, the Falcons conducted a private workout with Maryland WR Torrey Smith.
Washington LB Mason Foster is set to visit the Falcons on Friday, April 15.
The Falcons are scheduled to hold their local pro day today, set to feature 35 players. It will feature a chance for the team to get a closer look at some of the lesser known products with collegiate or prep ties to the state of Georgia. Last year, Clemson tight end Michael Palmer was able to emerge and land an undrafted free agent contract that led to him making the Falcons roster.
While the names of those players have yet to be officially disclosed, we do know of a few players that will be on hand. Georgia Tech RB Anthony Allen, Georgia LB Akeem Dent, North Alabama DT Nate Frazier, East Carolina WR Dwayne Harris, and according to the National Football Post, South Dakota State CB Cole Brodie’s name has been added to the list. North Carolina QB T.J. Yates’ agent Brian Ayrault also confirmed he will be on hand. It is yet unconfirmed, but suspected that Montana QB Justin Roper will also be on hand to work out.
We previously reported on some of the players that have local ties that could be on hand for the workouts. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC also provides his own list. You can check that out by clicking here.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons have a private workout scheduled with UCLA kicker Kai Forbath today on Wednesday.
The UCLA product was one of the most accurate kickers in college football the past few years, connecting on around 84% of his 101 career attempts. With a big leg and top accuracy, Forbath is considered one of the top kickers in this class and projected as a late round pick.
Falcons current kicker Matt Bryant is coming off a strong season, but is entering the final year of his contract and will turn 36 in May. The Falcons may want to go with a youth movement at the position. The Falcons have not drafted a specialist since they took punter Harold Alexander in the third round of the 1993 draft. They have not drafted a kicker since Allan Leavitt in 1977.
You can click here to read a profile on Forbath.
The Falcons conducted workouts to two Pac-10 linebackers on Saturday and Sunday according to sources.
On Saturday, the team got a look at UCLA outside linebacker Akeem Ayers, projected by many as a first round pick. Ayers tweeted about his on campus workout. Sunday, the team headed north to get a look at Oregon inside linebacker Casey Matthews on campus per a National Football Post report. Matthews is the younger brother of current Packers star Clay Matthews III, whose father was none other than ex-Falcon linebacker Clay Matthews, Jr. The younger Matthews is seen more as a middle round pick for this year’s upcoming draft.
You can click here to read a scouting report on Ayers.
Today is essentially the last day of pro days with Notre Dame and Jacksonville State being the last two colleges remaining.
Today at Notre Dame’s pro day, teams got a chance to see top tight end Kyle Rudolph work out including the Falcons. Rudolph, missed the latter half of this past season with a hamstring injury and has been limited all off-season. According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Rudolph ran his 40 time in the 4.8 range. According to several sources, Rudolph looked sharp in positional drills showing little sign of coming off an injury.
According to NFP’s Aaron Wilson, Rudolph is set to have a workout with the Falcons late next week. The Falcons could potentially target Rudolph in the late first or possibly second round of the draft.