Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons have a private workout schedule with North Carolina linebacker Quan Sturdivant. Sturdivant was a productive player at North Carolina and is set to hold his pro day this week on Thursday. He played all three positions in UNC’s 4-3 scheme the past four years, although had most of his production come as a weakside linebacker.
Click here to read a scouting report on Sturdivant.
University of Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke tweeted Monday that he was scheduled to work out in front of the Falcons and the Denver Broncos this week on Wednesday, presumably on campus.
The Falcons most recently got a look at Van Dyke at Miami’s pro day on Friday. Van Dyke holds the distinction of having the fastest 40 time of any player at last month’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, clocking a 4.28 40. Van Dyke started 21 games during his Hurricane career. He had his best season this past year where he served mostly as Miami’s nickel corner and recorded 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, and 20 tackles.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons will work out California safety Chris Conte. Conte has good size (6-2/197) and speed (4.52 40 time), showing good athleticism at the Combine last month. He began his career as a cornerback before being moved to safety as a junior. He only started one year at Cal, but made the most of it. He had 72 tackles, 1 interception, 3 pass breakups, and a blocked kick on the year.
If selected by the Falcons, Conte would join former Cal teammate Thomas DeCoud in the team’s secondary. The Falcons are likely looking for depth at safety due to the departure of Erik Coleman this off-season.
Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times reports that the Falcons were at the University of Maryland yesterday working out RB Da’Rel Scott, WR Torrey Smith, and TE Will Yeatman. It was previously reported that the Falcons would work out Scott, but it was clear the Falcons used their time to take a look at two other Maryland prospects.
Smith is considered a potential first round pick and possible target for the Falcons at No. 27.
Yeatman is a former Notre Dame transfer that caught 13 passes in his final year at Maryland, working as the backup tight end. In 3 years at Notre Dame, he caught 8 passes. Likely the Falcons are looking at him as a blocking tight end, after he measured 6-6/270 at his pro day. He likely caught the Falcons eye with a strong pro day workout on March 16.
Nate Kuester of the National Football Authority reports that the Falcons will have a workout with Boise State wideout Titus Young. Young has been pegged as a potential first round candidate for the Falcons with the No. 27 overall pick. Young led Boise State in receiving the past two years, averaging 15.0 yards on 150 receptions and 19 touchdowns.
Today, the Falcons sent representatives to Boise State’s pro day. There, Young reportedly ran a 4.35 40, showcasing his explosive vertical speed.
You can click here to read a scouting report on Young.
DE Ryan Kerrigan
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons will a private workout with Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan at some point next week. Kerrigan is considered one of the premier defensive ends in the draft, and it’s no secret that the Falcons want to upgrade their pass rush this off-season. The Falcons have been scrutinizing other top defensive ends like Justin Houston and Allen Bailey with private workouts and visits as well.
Kerrigan has been one of the more productive pass rushers in the nation the past few years, combining for 25.5 sacks and 44.5 tackles for loss the past two years. He hails from Purdue which has produced some of the league’s top pass rushers in recent years including Shaun Phillips, Anthony Spencer, Ray Edwards, and Cliff Avril.
Kerrigan is projected as a first round pick that some mocks have falling to the Falcons. You can click here to read a scouting report on Kerrigan.
Tony Pauline of SI.com reported over the weekend that the Falcons have an upcoming workout with Maryland running back Da’Rel Scott.
Scott shined at the Combine, clocking the fastest 40 time among running backs in Indianapolis with a 4.34 40 time. Scott is an explosive back that had durability issues while at Maryland. He had his best season as a sophomore where he rushed for 1,133 yards and 8 touchdowns. But is still considered a potential target by the Falcons in the middle to later rounds of the draft.
You can click here to read a scouting report on Scott.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons have met with Auburn running back Mario Fannin as well. Fannin clocked the second best 40 time at the Combine behind Scott at 4.38 seconds. Ledbetter reports that Fannin has met informally with the Falcons and conducted an interview with them, presumably at last month’s Combine. Fannin never earned the starting position while at Auburn, but served a valuable depth role behind Michael Dyer this past year in Auburn’s championship run as well as Ben Tate (now with Houston Texans) his first three years. He finished his career with 1,366 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, as well as 97 receptions, including 42 as a junior in 2009. His combination of size (5-10/231) and speed, coupled with his production in the passing game and special teams make him an intriguing depth option for any NFL team despite having huge production in college.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons will visit with Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter at some unspecified point. According to Wilson’s report, the Falcons are among seven teams that will get a closer look at the productive rusher.
The Falcons were on hand at Oklahoma State’s pro day last Wednesday where he spent some time talking to a Falcon scout. Hunter had an impressive workout there.
The Falcons have been on the lookout for depth at running back, largely in their attempts to get more explosive on offense. You can click here to read a scouting report on Hunter.
The Falcons have shown a lot of interest in Miami defensive end Allen Bailey thus far this off-season, interviewing him at both the Senior Bowl and the Combine, and now the team will go a perfect three for three by conducting a private workout with him later this month according to a report by Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
The 6-3/285-pound defensive end is an intriguing athlete. Bailey’s 36.5-inch vertical jump was among the top defensive linemen at the Combine. Bailey clocked a 4.77 40 time as well as doing 27 bench reps of 225 pounds while in Indianapolis.
The Miami pro day that was meant to be held on March 10, was cut short due to weather conditions and will be rescheduled for later this month on March 25. Bailey wasn’t expected to participate in anything besides positional drills.
Bailey is a potential target for the Falcons late in the first round or potentially in the second round. Click here to read a scouting report on Bailey.
DE Justin Houston
Joe Fortenbraugh of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons will meet with Georgia defensive end Justin Houston on March 25 a few days after his March 22 pro day in Athens. Defensive end is widely considered the Falcons top need and Houston has been projected as a potential pick for the Falcons in the first round.
You can read a scouting report on Houston by clicking here.
In other pro day news, the Falcons were among all 32 teams that showed up at the University of PIttsburgh’s pro day today. They were likely there to take a look at wideout Jon Baldwin, who is considered a potential target for the team in the latter part of the first round. Baldwin is big and long at 6-4/228 and ran a 4.50 40 at the Combine. He chose not to run a 40 at today’s pro day.
Click here to read a scouting report on Baldwin.
The Falcons were among a handful of teams that showed up at McNeese State’s pro day today. According to NFLDraftScout.com, their top rated prospect is tight end Corday Clark according to CBS Sports. He led them this past year with 30 receptions for 241 yards and a touchdown.
According to Geoff Mosher of the News Journal, the Falcons were among teams on hand at Delaware’s pro day today. The top rated prospect for the Blue Hens is quarterback Pat Devlin. Early reports indicate that Devlin struggled throwing at his pro day after a late arrival. Click here to read a scouting report on Devlin.
The Falcons also got a chance to get a look at safety Anthony Walters, who measured 6-0/204 at the pro day and ran a pair of 40 times of 4.50 and 4.58 seconds. He also measured a 36.5-inch vertical jump, 10-6 broad jump, and did 19 bench reps of 225 pounds. Walters pulled his hamstring during his second 40 run and is expected to work out at Villanova’s pro day tomorrow.