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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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Falcons hosting 35 locals for workouts today

April 14th, 2011 Comments off
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UNC QB T.J. Yates

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.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 4/7

April 7th, 2011 Comments off

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.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 4/6

April 6th, 2011 Comments off

In an update of yesterday’s report, the Falcons did not attend the throwing session of Alabama QB Greg McElroy. The Seattle Seahawks were the only team to show up to the event, sending two representatives. However, it is expected that McElroy’s representatives will send video of the workout to all 32 teams.

Like yesterday, today will feature the personal pro days of three prospects: Villanova OG Ben Ijalana, Indiana WR Tandon Doss, and Nebraska DE Pierre Allen.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets that at least 23 NFL teams are represented, on hand to view Ijalana. No confirmation on whether the Falcons are among them. Ijalana reportedly clocked a 5.12 40 time and a 27-inch vertical jump.

No word on whether the Falcons were on hand to see Doss. Doss reportedly had a 32.5-inch vertical jump and 9 foot, 8 inch broad jump.

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The Falcons will hold local pro day on April 14

April 6th, 2011 Comments off
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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.

Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 4/5

April 5th, 2011 Comments off

Tuesday featured no collegiate pro days, but the two personal pro days of two prominent prospects at Alabama and Kansas State.

NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora reports that all 32 teams were expected to be in Tuscaloosa today to see Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy hold his personal pro day. McElroy has yet been able to throw for scouts this off-season after injuring his hand. Receiving passes from him were teammates in tight end Preston Dial (who was unable to run routes due a sports hernia) and wide receiver Earl Alexander. Alexander pulled his hamstring at the end of the workout. South Alabama wideout Courtney Smith was also on hand to catch passes from McElroy.

Click here to read a scouting report on McElroy and Dial.

Twenty teams showed up at Kansas State to see RB Daniel Thomas work out, although no confirmation if the Falcons were among them. A dozen of those teams sent their running backs coaches. Early reports clocked Thomas with a 40 time in the 4.5-4.6 range. He had been limited by a hamstring injury throughout the off-season, but a strained quadriceps muscle prevented him from running a second 40 during his workout.

You can read a scouting report on Thomas be clicking here.

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