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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 4/4

April 5th, 2011 Comments off

The Falcons were among seventeen teams in attendance of Southern Methodist’s pro day on Monday. The main attraction was wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, pegged by many as a potential mid-to-late first round pick.

According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, Robinson stood on his combine numbers and just performed in positional drills, which he performed solidly per Brandt.

You can click here to read a scouting report on Robinson.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 4/1

April 1st, 2011 Comments off
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DE Da'Quan Bowers

NFL pro days are practically coming to a close with just a handful of workouts scheduled for next week. NFL teams then will use the ensuing two weeks to meet with players and finalize their boards.

Today, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff was in Clemson to see the personal pro day of DE Da’Quan Bowers. Bowers who suffered a torn meniscus in his knee during this past year, has been limited from fully participating in workouts due to the injury and today was the chance to showcase his skills to NFL talent evaluators. Bowers entered the off-season as a potential No. 1 target, but most reports have him disappointing during today’s workout. There is some talk that Bowers may tumble out of the Top 10 now given team’s lingering concerns about his knee. Per Pro Football Weekly, teams are questioning how much he will contribute in his first year.

At 276 pounds, Bowers ran 40 times in the 4.8 to 5.0 second range according to most watches, leaped 34.5 inches on the vertical jump and 9 feet, 2 inches on the broad jump. He did not perform in the bench, and struggled in his 3-cone drill recording a time around 7.0 seconds.

However, Dimitroff was praising of Bowers after the workout,  calling him an “impact player” and conceding he won’t be running 40 yards as a defensive end and uses his hands like an All-Pro according to various sources.

Also working out alongside Bowers were his teammates Jarvis Jenkins, MIguel Chavis, and Jamie Cumbee.

After Bowers workout, Dimitroff will meet with Clemson DB Marcus Gilchrist.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/31

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

The biggest pro day in these waning days of 2011 pro days on Thursday is that of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There are several top NFL prospects will be working out in front of all 32 teams, including the Falcons. Those players are defensive end Robert Quinn, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, linebacker Quan Sturdivant. Sturdivant is a player on the Falcons radar.

Other UNC prospective pro players include QB T.J. Yates, RBs Shaun Draughn and Johnny White, WR Greg Little, TEs Zach Pianalto and Ryan Taylor, Ss Da’Norris Searcy and Deunta Williams, CB Kendric Burney, and LB Bruce Carter.

According to Adam Caplan of FOX Sports, the Falcons will hold a private workout with T.J. Yates. Yates reportedly completed 110 of 112 throws during his pro day. Most quarterbacks throw about half that much and still don’t complete that high a percentage. Yates is coming off his best year where he was widely credited with showing leadership to keep the UNC team together despite the off-field situations that caused much of their core talent to be suspended.

Other pro days on Thursday include Hawaii and Stephen F. Austin. Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea will be holding his own personal pro day as well.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/30

March 30th, 2011 Comments off

Today will be a busy day for most teams as pro days begin to come to a close. Some big schools such as South Carolina, Southern California, and Washington all hold their pro days today. Also Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward held his private workout today as well.

The Falcons sent representatives so far to the Washington pro day as well as the South Carolina pro day according to Josh Kendall of The State.

Some small schools are also holding their pro days today: New Mexico State, North Carolina Central, Northern Iowa, and Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The Falcons also sent representatives to the University of Miami to work out CB DeMarcus Van Dyke this afternoon. They may also be looking at his teammates DE Allen Bailey and CB Brandon Harris. Sayre Bedinger of the Mile High Report indicates that the Falcons won’t be looking at Harris. Yet a tweet by Van Dyke himself hints that the Falcons will get a look at Harris during that workout.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/29

March 29th, 2011 1 comment

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reports that the Falcons were at the University of Texas pro day on Tuesday, as all 32 teams were represented.

Among prominent prospects were defensive end Sam Acho, and corners Aaron Williams and Curtis Brown, all three of which are projected by most to be taken in the first two rounds of the draft.  Williams clocked a 4.44 in the 40, and Brown a 4.40 flat. Also impressing was guard Michael Huey, who at 304 pounds, benched 225 pounds 35 times, along with running a pair of 40s at 5.16 and 5.18, and recording a 33.5-inch vertical jump.

Also holding pro days on Tuesday were Coastal Carolina, UCLA, and Utah. No word yet on whether the Falcons sent reps.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/25

March 26th, 2011 Comments off

Today’s pro days include Arizona State, Ball State, Massachusetts, Miami (FL), and Wofford. Miami’s pro day was rescheduled due to weather from March 10.

So far, the Falcons have been confirmed at the UMass pro day according to the Minutemen Nation Blog.

UMass has three main prospects: QB Kyle Havens, RB John Griffin, and OG Greg Niland. All three were in attendance and worked out at Boston College’s pro day on Wednesday, which the Falcons did attend. Also LB Mike Mele and WR Anthony Nelson are two Minutemen that worked out in front of scouts at Boston College. Perhaps the Falcons saw something they liked from one of those players.

The Falcons were also on hand to see Miami prospects work out, where the Falcons likely got another look at defensive end Allen Bailey, as well as WR Leonard Hankerson and CB Brandon Harris, the Hurricanes top prospects.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/24

March 24th, 2011 Comments off

Thursday’s pro days include: Boise State, Maine, Middle Tennessee, New Hampshire, New Mexico State, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern Illinois, Tennessee State, UNLV, and Western Kentucky.

Boise State features the biggest named prospects with wide receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis, as well as safety Jeron Johnson. San Diego State has a pair of wide receivers in Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson that could get drafted. South Florida also has a few potential late round prospects in DT Terrell McClain, DE Craig Marshall, DE David Bedford, DB Mistral Raymond, and C Sampson Genus. Also on NFL teams radars are New Mexico OT Byron Bell and Southern Illinois CB Korey Lindsay.

So far, the Falcons have been confirmed at three of the pro days: Boise State, South Florida, and Southern Illinois.

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons sent their secondary coach to Boise to check out safety Jeron Johnson, among others.

Adam Adkins of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports that all 32 teams are represented at USF’s pro day. Early reports on the workouts indicate that DT Terrell McClain ran a pair of 40 times of 4.8 seconds (with wind) and 4.9 seconds (against wind). OC Sampson Genus put up 28 bench reps of 225 pounds.

Todd Hefferman of the Southern Illinoisan has the scoop on the Falcons being present among 10 teams at SIU’s pro day.

Reports on the other pro days…

Middle Tennessee – 15 scouts present. (Source)
New Mexico – 5 teams, not including the Falcons. (Source)
San Diego State – 5 teams, not including the Falcons. (Source)
Tennessee State – 15 teams. (Source)

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/23

March 23rd, 2011 Comments off

Be sure to check up on yesterday’s pro day report, which was posted late last night, so you might have missed it.

Several pro days are in store for Wednesday including: Boston College, Central Florida, Connecticut, East Carolina, Hampton, Howard, N.C. State, Syracuse, UT-Chattanooga, and Yale. As there are confirmations of the Falcons attending or not attending each one, we’ll keep you update.

Eric Hoffses of EagleAction.com confirms the Falcons presence among 17 NFL teams at Boston College’s pro day. The two big names for BC include projected first round pick OT Anthony Castonzo and LB Mark Herzlich. OG Thomas Claiborne, OT Rich Lapham, and DE Alex Albright are also among BC’s pro prospects trying to make a name for themselves at their pro day.

The Falcons were in attendance at UConn’s pro day, where they reportedly wanted to see more of OG Zach Hurd according to Joe Perez of the Norwich Bulletin. Hurd recorded 25 bench reps of 225 pounds.

The Falcons were in attendance at N.C. State’s pro day according to James Henderson of PackPride.com. There, they had a chance to see LB Nate Irving workout. Irving missed most of the drills at the Combine last month due to injury. Today, Irving measured in at 242 pounds, did 27 bench reps of 225 pounds, ran a pair of 40 times of 4.6 and 4.72 seconds, leapt 33.5 inches on his vertical jump, and 8-feet, 11 inches on his broad jump.

Now for reports on the other pro days, where the Falcons presence were unconfirmed:

There are 11 teams in attendance at Hampton’s pro day. Among their top prospects are NT Kenrick Ellis and OLB Brandon Peguese.

Twenty-four teams are at Syracuse University to watch the likes of RB Delone Carter, C Ryan Bartholomew, and LB Doug Hogue. Again, unconfirmed if the Falcons are among them.

Six teams are reportedly at the pro day of UT-Chattanooga, and the Falcons are not among them. According to Optimum Scouting, the Browns, Chiefs, Jaguars, Jets, Steelers, and Titans are the six teams present.

At Yale, Dynasty Athlete Representation names four teams at their pro day: Eagles, Jaguars, Jets, and Patriots.

Last Updated: March 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm EST.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/22

March 23rd, 2011 Comments off

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons sent representatives, as expected, to see University of Georgia prospects work out today. Chief among them were Director of Player Personnel Les Snead to see standout WR A.J. Green, DE Justin Houston, OL Clint Boling, and LB Akeem Dent among others work out in front of scouts from 29 other teams.

There was no confirmation about whether the Falcons were among the teams in attendance of the other pro days being held today: Iowa State, Mississippi, Nevada, and South Dakota State.

The most impressive prospect for Iowa State was TE Collin Franklin. The 6-6/256-pound tight end did 28 bench reps of 225 pounds, clocked a 4.69 40 time, and leapt 34.5 inches and 10 feet, 4 inches on the vertical and broad jumps, respectively.

According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, scouts from 18 teams (other sources report up to 24 teams) were present to see Ole Miss prospects like DT Jerrell Powe and QB Jeremiah Masoli work out. Powe, reportedly was impressive.

Twenty-five teams were present at Nevada’s pro day to see QB Colin Kaepernick complete 36 of 38 passes in his workout, trying to push his stock into first round status. Also on the slate for Nevada is TE Virgil Green and DE/LB Dontay Moch.

Scouts from six teams were on hand at South Dakota State, hoping to find a diamond in the rough. Potentially that diamond is TE Colin Cochart as their top prospect, the 32nd ranked tight end according to NFLDraftScout.com. According to Bill Huber of Scout.com, sources indicate that Cochart clocked a 4.70 40 time and did 29 bench reps.

Again, outside the Georgia pro day, there has been no confirmation that the Falcons sent representatives to the other five schools.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/21

March 21st, 2011 Comments off

There haven’t been any specific reports of the Falcons being in attendance of any of today’s pro days yet, but I’ll keep you updated in case there is some later today.

Pro days scheduled for today include Abilene Christian, North Dakota State, Georgia Southern, Valdosta State, and the University of Iowa.

Kip Watson tweets sighting 15 teams at the Abilene Christian pro day, and the Falcons are not among them. Their prime prospect is wide receiver Edmund Gates, who was a star at the Combine in February. North Dakota State has 6 or 7 teams represented according to sources, although no confirmation that the Falcons are among them. Since Georgia Southern and Valdosta State are local schools, it’s likely that the Falcons will send representatives to each of them, but no confirmation as of yet if that is indeed the case.

Iowa is the main pro day of the day, and while all 32 teams are expected to be there, no confirmation as of yet if that is indeed the case. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn, defensive tackle Christian Ballard, safety Tyler Sash, and quarterback Ricky Stanzi are among the Hawkeye standouts expected to workout. Iowa scheduled a second pro day for April 4, due to the NFL owners meetings being currently conduced in New Orleans.

Update: Hawkeyes TE coach Eric Johnson tweeted that all 32 teams were indeed represented at Iowa’s pro day.

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