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Falcons to work out Brooks Reed today

April 6th, 2011 Comments off
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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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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 will work out UNC’s Sturdivant

March 28th, 2011 Comments off

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.

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Falcons to look at Miami’s Van Dyke

March 28th, 2011 Comments off

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.

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