Who will be the next Michael Palmer?
It was previously reported by Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post that the Falcons would host North Alabama defensive tackle Nate Frazier as one of many local draft prospects at their own pro day. Each team is allowed to bring in players each year before the draft for drills and workouts that have local connections either via their college or high school. The Falcons will hold theirs next Thursday, April 14. Pro Football Talk lists both Georgia Tech running back Anthony Allen and Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent as also working out on that date.
Frazier hails from Atlanta, where he attended Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs. He originally went to the Naval Academy, before being dismissed from the school in 2009 for multiple honor code violations. He finished his career at North Alabama, where he had 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a sack last season.
Last year, Clemson tight end Michael Palmer was one of several local prospects that worked out for the Falcons at their pro day. Palmer was able to land an undrafted free agent contract with the Falcons and made the team’s roster. He appeared in 14 games this past year, with one start, and caught 5 passes and a touchdown.
Rarely do any of the top draft prospects show up for local pro days. So it’s unlikely that the Falcons will get an opportunity to work out the likes of Auburn’s Cam Newton or Georgia’s A.J. Green. Typically local pro days are for players hoping to impress teams and get picked in the late rounds or potentially as free agent pickups. Besides players from Georgia and Georgia Tech, the Falcons can take a closer look at prospects from smaller schools like Albany State, Fort Valley State, Georgia Southern, Valdosta State, Clark Atlanta, and West Georgia, including WR Ricardo Lockette, who the Falcons talked to at the Combine and also attended his pro day.
No word on any players besides the three previously mentioned, but the Falcons have already shown reported interest in several prospects with high school connections including: Miami defensive end Allen Bailey, Auburn running back Mario Fannin, East Carolina receiver Dwayne Harris, and North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates.
Other noteworthy prospects with Georgia high school ties include (scouting reports linked): Alabama OT James Carpenter; Appalachian State DE Jabari Fletcher and S Mark Legree; Arkansas OG Ray Dominguez; Auburn WR Darvin Adams; Central Florida DE Bruce Miller; Florida P Chas Henry, OG Maurice Hurt, and DT Lawrence Marsh; Florida State OC Ryan McMahon; LSU LB Kelvin Sheppard; Memphis S Marcus Ball; Middle Tennessee QB Dwight Dasher; Ole Miss DT Ted Laurent; North Carolina S Da’Norris Searcy; Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward; South Carolina OT Jarriel King; South Carolina State OT Johnny Culbreath; South Florida WR Dontavia Bogan; and UT-Chattanooga CB Buster Skrine.