Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that East Carolina wideout Dwayne Harris will conduct a private workout for the Falcons today. The Falcons met with Harris during the Senior Bowl and Combine over the past two months.
The Falcons have an upcoming workout with Troy wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan on Thursday. Harris is considered one of the better slot receivers in this year’s draft class, and it seems likely that hte Falcons are focusing on upgrading their wide receiver corps this April.
The 5’10″ 203-pound receiver ran a 4.55 40 at the Combine. He had one of the better 3 cone drills among wideouts at the Combine, clocking 6.77 seconds. Harris was fourth in the nation last season with 101 receptions as a senior. Harris will conduct his pro day workout on March 23.
You can click here to read a scouting report on Harris.
In other pro day-related news…
Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal & Courier reports that the Falcons were among the teams present at Purdue’s pro day this past Friday. On hand to likely see one of the top defensive ends in the class in Ryan Kerrigan. The 267-pound end had an impressive Combine performance, and stood on all of his numbers. He recorded impressive 4.71 40 time, 33.5-inch vertical jump, and a 7.18 3-cone drill, outpacing many of his peers.
You can read a scouting report on Kerrigan by clicking here.
Drew Chaplin of the Dothan Eagle reports that Troy wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan will hold a private workout with the Atlanta Falcons next Wednesday, March 16 along with Trojan teammate running back DuJuan Harris.
Falcons scouts were on hand on Friday for Jernigan’s pro day where he was clocked as fast as 4.32 seconds in his 40-yard dash according to some stopwatches. That mark would have been the second fastest at the Combine two weeks ago. Instead, Jernigan ran a 4.46 in Indianapolis, but was able to showcase some of his trademark speed. Jernigan’s explosive capabilities has some folks comparing him to current Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson, and he is widely projected as a second round pick.
Harris isn’t a highly rated running back, but he’s a powerfully built 5-7 at 196 pounds, as he did 27 reps of 225 pounds on the bench and clocked a fast 4.37 40 at Troy’s pro day last week.
Justin Van Fulpen of NFL Draft Bible reports that the Falcons worked out Nichollas State defensive back Dominique Daniels.
Daniels, listed at 6’2″ 190, is noted for his versatility to play either cornerback or safety. This past year, his lone as a starter, he recorded 42 tackles, 1 interception, and 6 passes defended. He also returned 10 punts for 88 yards. He played primarily corner, but did log one start at free safety. Per Daniels, the Falcons put him through a long workout both at defensive back, punt returner, and kickoff returner.
Universal Draft.com reports that Clemson wideout Jacoby Ford visited the Falcons today. Ford shined primarily as a return specialist during his career at Clemson. He scored twice on punt returns and once on kickoffs during his career.
Ford is coming off a career-best 56 catches, 779 yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns. He also added 1 punt return for a score while averaging 14.3 yards on 10 returns. For his career, he averaged 23.9 yards on 47 kickoff returns and 9.8 yards on 49 punt returns.
The Falcons showed interest in another return specialist, as Scout.com’s Chris Steuber reported that Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas visited the team yesterday. Arenas scored 7 times on 125 career punt returns for an average of 14.0 yards while at Alabama. He is also coming off a career-best five interceptions as a senior.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham worked out for the Falcons on a private visit this past Thursday.
Gresham is widely considered this year’s top tight end prospect, despite missing all of this past season to a knee injury. But the year before, he shined as the top target of Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, catching 66 passes for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Ledbetter also reports that the Falcons worked out Florida center Maurkice Pouncey in Gainesville on March 31, confirming earlier reports that the Falcons would get a closer look at who many consider the top center in the draft.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that Troy defensive end Brandon Lang will be among several players that will work out for the Falcons today in their structured pro day. The event will include draft-eligible players that have local ties either via where they attended college or high school.
Previous reports indicated that Clemson tight end Michael Palmer and Minnesota cornerback Traye Simmons will also be in attendance. Ledbetter also includes in his report a list of several NFL prospects that have local ties, although it’s unconfirmed if any of them will be on hand at Flowery Branch today. Lang was among several players that the Falcons showed interest in during the Senior Bowl week.
Update: Tennessee offensive tackle Chris Scott tweeted that he was at the Falcons facility on hand for the pro day. He was one of the players Ledbetter listed as a possibility to be in attendance.
Ed Thompson of Scout.com reports on FOX Sports that Central Florida defensive tackle Torrell Troup had a visit with the Falcons last week.
Troup is a massive 6’3″ 314 pounds and is mostly projected to play nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. But his size could offer depth for the Falcons and allow them to beef up their run defense.
You can click here to view a scouting report on Troup.
Adam Caplan of Scout.com tweets that Mississippi State middle linebacker Jamar Chaney will visit the Falcons this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The 6’1″ 240-pound linebacker started his last two seasons in the middle for the Bulldogs. He is coming off his most productive season where he had 90 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions. He missed most of the 2008 season with a leg injury, going down in the season opener, but not before he recorded 12 tackles. As a sophomore in 2006, he played outside linebacker.
He is a fast linebacker that could potentially move back to outside linebacker if he were drafted by the Falcons.
You can click here to read a scouting report on Chaney.
Scout.com’s Chris Steuber reports that Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham already visited with the Atlanta Falcons. Per Steuber, it has been a “couple of weeks” since Graham’s visit with the Falcons, which implies his visit occurred in early-to-mid March.
The Falcons were among a few teams noted to be present at the pro day of Graham earlier this week.
Scout.com’s Chris Steuber reports that Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards has already visited with the Falcons.
Edwards was a highly mobile and productive playmaker in four years at Appalachian State. He was the Football Championship Subdivision’s (formerly Division I-AA) first two-time Walter Payton Award winner, given to that division’s top player. For his career, he completed 65% of his passes for over 10,000 passing yards, 74 touchdowns, and also rushed for nearly 5,000 rushing yards and had 56 touchdowns.
His small build (5’10″ 187) and natural athleticism have many teams wondering if he can convert to the wide receiver position. He clocked a 4.41 40 time at his pro day in March.