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Falcons to work out UCLA kicker

April 13th, 2011 Comments off
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PK Kai Forbath

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.

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Falcons work out a pair of linebackers over the weekend

April 11th, 2011 Comments off
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LB Akeem Ayers

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.

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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 will get a visit from Nevada TE Green

April 7th, 2011 Comments off

Adam Caplan of FOX Sports reports that the Falcons are expected to meet with Nevada TE Virgil Green.

Green has been moving up boards due to the weakness of this year’s tight end class. He had a strong senior year with 35 catches for 515 yards (14.7 avg) and 5 touchdowns. He is a bit undersized at 6-3 and around 250 pounds, but was one of the standouts at February’s Scouting Combine.  He finished in the Top 5 among tight ends in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill, and long (60-yard) shuttle. His 42.5-inch vertical leap was the best of any prospect at the Combine, and his 10 foot, 10-inch broad jump measured third best overall. He clock a 40 time of 4.64 seconds (third best for tight ends), 6.90 second 3-cone drill (tied for fourth among tight ends), and a long shuttle of 11.63, which was good enough for second among his position group.

The Falcons are looking to find and develop a successor for Tony Gonzalez, who is entering the final year of his contract and is expected to retire after this year.

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

Falcons to work out Brooks Reed today

April 6th, 2011 Comments off
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DE Brooks Reed

Last week it was reported that Arizona DE/OLB Brooks Reed would work out for the Falcons, well that workout is scheduled for today based on info provided by Pro Football Talk.

Reed has been moving up draft boards since the end of the season due to his versatility to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme on the edge and a solid Combine workout performance. There he clocked a 4.68 40 time (4th best among defensive linemen) and did 30 bench reps of 225 pounds (tied for 10th best), showing both speed and strength packed into a small package (measured at 6-3/260 pounds at his pro day). Reed is noted for his relentless motor. He was productive at Arizona, impressing mainly as a sophomore with 37 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and 8 sacks before injuries limited his production as a junior: 23 tackles, 5 for loss, and 2 sacks. But he bounced back as a senior, recording 47 tackles, 10 for loss, and 6.5 sacks.

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

UPDATE: Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington tweets that Reed is beginning a two-day visit with the Redskins today, conflicting with PFT’s source. PFT visits tracker page indicates Reed isn’t scheduled to visit the Redskins until Friday, April 8.

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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.

Clemson DB Gilchrist meets with Dimitroff

April 1st, 2011 Comments off

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Clemson cornerback Marcus Gilchrist has a meeting scheduled for this afternoon with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff.

Gilchrist is considered one of the better defensive backs in this year’s class and has been projected as high by some as a potential second round pick. But there is some debate about whether his NFL future lies best as a cornerback or safety going forward. He played both positions at Clemson, and combined for 16 pass breakups and an interception in the past two seasons. The 5-10/195-pound defensive back had a strong performance in Indianapolis last month, clocking a 4.50 40-yard dash time, jumping 38.5 inches on the vertical jump, and a 6.81 3-cone drill.

The Falcons appear to be looking to upgrade their depth at cornerback and potentially safety due to the departures of veterans Brian Williams and Erik Coleman.

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

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Falcons will work out DE Reed next week

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora tweets that the Falcons are on deck to get a visit from Arizona pass rusher Brooks Reed next week. Reed is a fast-rising prospect this past off-season, moving up from a potential mid-round pick to a possible late first round pick that the Falcons could be targeting. Reed has been compared favorably to current All-Pro Green Bay Packer outside linebacker Clay Matthews in terms of his NFL potential. Reed is considered a potential prospect for 4-3 teams looking for a defensive end, as well as 3-4 teams looking for an outside linebacker. He measured in at around 6-3, 260 pounds at his pro day earlier this month.

Click here to read a scouting report on Reed.

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Falcons to work out Cal DE, already seen Vols WR

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

Adam Caplan of FOX Sports reports that California defensive end Cameron Jordan will visit the Falcons on April 3. Jordan is considered one of the premier defensive ends in this year’s class and is projected by some as a potential Top 10 pick.

He played exclusively in a 3-4 scheme at Cal, but has the athleticism and versatility to also potentially play in a 4-3. This past year, Jordan had 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He is the son of former Minnesota Vikings tight end Steve Jordan.

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

Caplan also reported a week ago that Tennessee wide receiver Denarius Moore already worked out for the Falcons. Moore’s stock has been rising this off-season as he came on strong at the end of his senior season averaging over 100 yards per game in his final six games and then had a strong performance during the NFLPA All-star game in early February.

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

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Falcons to work out Kerrigan today

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons will fly out to Purdue today to conduct an on-campus workout of defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. Wilson first reported a week ago that the Falcons were to conduct a workout of Kerrigan. According to Wilson’s report, it also looks like the Falcons will bring Kerrigan to their own facility at some point next month to get another look at him. NFL teams are only allowed to put players through drills during on-campus workouts, but can bring in up to 30 non-local prospects to their own facilities to do non-on-field work such as film study and potentially to get a better assessment of the players character, personality, and mental traits.

Based on an interview that Virginia Tech cornerback Rashad Carmichael had with Wilson, the Falcons are among several teams that the corner has talked to and showed interest in him. Carmichael impressed at his pro day, showing his trademark speed and athleticism.

Wilson also seemingly confirms the confusion presented yesterday about whether the Falcons would look at Miami cornerback Brandon Harris in addition to DeMarcus Van Dyke. According to Wilson, Harris did also work out alongside Van Dyke while the Falcons were in Miami yesterday.

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