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  1. Finally Aaron Freeman of falcfans has compiled his Falcons draft interest list: His is the one that I used for this topic thread last year. New names not on the OP list indicated in blue. Atlanta Falcons 2017 Draft Interest Tracker Posted By: Aaron Freeman April 21, 2017 Better late than never, but here is the collected stream of info on the different 2017 NFL Draft prospects that the Atlanta Falcons reportedly have shown interest in this offseason. Private Workout These were meetings reportedly conducted in-house within the Falcons facilities in Flowery Branch. NFL teams are only allowed 30 of these visits. RB Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette (source) WR Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech (source) TE O.J. Howard, Alabama (source) OT Aviante Collins, Texas Christian (source) OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky (source) OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky (source) EDGE Derek Barnett, Tennessee (source) EDGE Tarell Basham, Ohio (source) EDGE Samson Ebukam, Eastern Washington (source) EDGE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA (source) DT Grover Stewart, Albany State (source) LB Tanner Vallejo, Boise State (source) CB Taylor Reynolds, James Madison (source) S Budda Baker, Washington (source) On Campus Workout These were meetings/workouts the Falcons conducted on the respective prospects’ campus. There is no limit to how many of these workouts a team can conduct. QB Austin Apodaca, New Mexico (source) WR Noel Thomas, Connecticut (source) OT Garett Bolles, Utah (source) OT Julie’n Davenport, Bucknell (source) OT Sam Tevi, Utah (source) OG Isaac Asiata, Utah (source) OG Ethan Cooper, Indiana (PA) (source) OC Max Halpin, Western Kentucky (source) EDGE Keion Adams, Western Michigan (source) EDGE Charles Harris, Missouri (source) EDGE Avery Moss, Youngstown State (source) EDGE Haason Reddick, Temple (source) EDGE Derek Rivers, Youngstown State (source) EDGE Jordan Willis, Kansas State (source) DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova (source) CB David Rivers, Youngstown State (source) S Jonathan “Rudy” Ford, Auburn (source) S Tre’ Sullivan, Shepherd (source) (My Note: Some of the prospect names in the following list might not involve actual Workouts or Visits, which was the primary focus for this particular topic thread) Other Workouts/Interest This list includes players that the Falcons reportedly showed interest in, but whether or not they were on-campus workouts, pro day interest, in-house workouts or other meetings is unknown. RB Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T (source) RB Brian Hill, Wyoming (source) RB Kareem Hunt, Toledo (source) RB Marlon Mack, South Florida (source) FB/LB Joe Bacci, Central Florida (source) WR Tim Crawley, San Jose State (source) WR Mitchell Paige, Indiana (source) TE Jonnu Smith, Florida International (source) OT Cam Robinson, Alabama (source) OT Dustin Stanton, Oregon State (source) OG Sean Harlow, Oregon State (source) OC Cam Keizur, Portland State (source) EDGE Tyus Bowser, Houston (source) EDGE Dawaune Smoot, Illinois (source) DT Sydney Omameh, Grand Valley State (source) LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee (source) CB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee (source) CB Dee Virgin, Alabama (source) CB Brandon Wilson, Houston (source) S Justin Evans, Texas A&M (source) S Eddie Jackson, Alabama (source) K Matt Davis, UNC-Pembroke (source) (Final note: Aaron Freeman's complete article linked below also includes players the Falcons talked to or had in for the local area workout, which I choose not to list in this post or the OP. If the Falcons don't follow-up a "talk" with a later workout or visit, then I don't think there is serious enough interest in that prospect for the Falcons to draft him. The local area players that the Falcons have come in for the local day workout are for the most part going to be undrafted free agents. If there is serious enough draft interest in a prospect from the local day workout, the Falcons will generally do a private workout with the prospect or have him come back in for an official Visit).
  2. Falcons worked out Houston CB Howard Wilson at his old high school in DeSoto, Texas, according to source. Wilson (6-1, 184) projected 3-4 rounds of draft. Had 9 INTs in 29 games at Houston. Falcons also worked out Wilson's teammate, DE/OLB Tyus Bowser, a potential first-rounder. Bowser also visited Atlanta. Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer
  3. Falcons worked out Houston CB Howard Wilson at his old high school in DeSoto, Texas, according to source. Wilson (6-1, 184) projected 3-4 rounds of draft. Had 9 INTs in 29 games at Houston. Falcons also worked out Wilson's teammate, DE/OLB Tyus Bowser, a potential first-rounder. Bowser also visited Atlanta. Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer
  4. Iceman no I haven't seen anything yet regarding a Falcons Visit or Workout with either Watt or Peppers. However, I did see a couple of articles recently where the Falcons praised Peppers and have talked a lot about him: Falcons praise Jabrill Peppers, who could be an option in the 2017 NFL Draft The Falcons are still unlikely to take Peppers, but they seem intrigued by the ultra-versatile safety. by Dave Choate Apr 21, 2017, 5:00pm EDT As we approach the draft, we’ll hear more and more from the Falcons about potential options, whether it be by leaked (or smoky) information or directly from the team. One name that was popular early in the process and may be again now is Jabrill Peppers, who the team talked up earlier this week. D. Orlando Ledbetter @DOrlandoAJC #Falcons impressed with the versatile Jabrill Peppers … 7:48 PM - 20 Apr 2017 Here’s the money quote from D-Led’s piece. “One of the rare guys that you have to put on all three sides of tape to watch him carry the ball, but we see him as a safety for our team and how we play,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said. The team has given some indication that they’re after a safety that can play on the field at the same time as Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal, and that player could eventually take over for Allen if he doesn’t stick around over the long haul. That would give the team insurance in the long-term and a formidable trio in the short-term, and Are they going to take a safety at #31, though, especially one with questions about his viability as a safety over the long haul? That’s a big question, and it’s one that I suspect the team will answer in the negative. Justin Evans and Budda Baker both seem like more likely selections if the Falcons were to go safety, but all indications are that they’re after a guard or a pass rusher there. Safety could come as early as the second day, though. Ultimately, I think the Falcons are doing what they always do this time of year, just with more subtlety than other teams. They’re answering questions posed to them, discussing scenarios they likely won’t pursue, and talking up players who may or may not be realistic options for them at #31, all in the name of obscuring what they’re really up to. That’s not to say that there’s no way they will take Peppers at #31—or certainly at #63, if he should fall—but there’s no denying that his versatility and speed make him an intriguing player in this scheme. Keep an eye on Peppers, just in case. Falcons impressed with Jabrill Peppers atlanta-falcons By D. Orlando Ledbetter Posted: 7:46 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017 FLOWERY BRANCH — Several mock drafts have the Falcons selecting versatile Michigan player Jabrill Peppers in the upcoming NFL draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, which is faster than Seattle All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas. “From our perspective, we talked a lot about him,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on Thursday. “Obviously, he’s a winner. Plain and simple, he’s a smart football player. He’s a tough and competitive guy who’s versatile. I think he’ll do well in this league.” Peppers played linebacker for the Wolverines, some quarterback, running back and returned punts and kickoffs. “One of the rare guys that you have to put on all three sides of tape to watch him carry the ball, but we see him as a safety for our team and how we play,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said. Quinn believes Peppers has the flexibility to play strong safety and free safety. “He’s got the size to be a strong, but I think the speed to play free,” Quinn said. “We didn’t nail him into one spot.”
  5. A couple of notes of caution about these Work-outs (W) and Visits (V) list. First not all of the pre-draft Work-outs and Visits become public knowledge before the draft. Sometimes we don't know until after the draft that a Falcon draft pick had a W or V with the Falcons prior to the draft. Last year it was not public knowledge that Wes Schweitzer had a pre-draft work-out until after the draft in one of his post-draft interviews. I mentioned earlier in this thread that Sam Baker in 2008 and Peria Jerry in 2009 had pre-draft workouts with the Falcons, but it was not known until after the draft that they did so. Second perhaps not all Falcons draft picks actually have pre-draft work-outs or visits with Atlanta, or it never becomes public knowledge that a drafted player did so. Although it did become public knowledge that all of the Falcons 2016 selections did so, either before or after the draft, that is not always the case. In the 2015 draft, I can not find where second-round pick Jalen Collins, fourth-round pick Justin Hardy, or 7th-round pick Jake Rodgers had a pre-draft W or V. It was public knowledge that Vic Beasley, Tevin Coleman, Grady Jarrett, and Akeem King all had a W or V with the Falcons before the 2015 draft. In the 2014 draft, Atlanta selected nine players. It was public knowledge that Jake Matthews, Ra'Shede Hageman, Devonte Freeman, Prince Shembo, Ricardo Allen, and Yawin Smallwood all had a pre-draft W or V with the Falcons. Third-round pick Dez Southward was coached by Smitty and the staff in the Senior Bowl. However, I can't find where 6th-round pick Marquis Spruil, or 7th-round pick Tyler Starr had a pre-draft W or V with the Falcons. The last draft that I will analyze is the 2013 draft. In the 2013 draft, Atlanta drafted 8 players. According to the following list compiled by Walter Football, Atlanta had a W or V with Desmond Trufant, Malliciah Goodman, Stansly Maponga, and Zeke Motta. However according to Walter's list, the Falcons had no public W or V from Robert Alford, Levine Toilolo, Kemal Ishmael, or Sean Renfree. I wish I could find another Work-out or Visit list for the Falcons 2013 draft, because I think Atlanta might have worked-out or had visits from a couple of the aforementioned players that were not included on Walter's list.
  6. Added both DE Dawuane Smoot and LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin to the OP list. Appreciate all you do.
  7. First thanks for the kudos. Second I don't watch much college football other than the Dawgs, so I'm not really the best person to ask about a specific collegiate player like Tankersley. Although I do read a lot of scouting reports and articles on draft prospects, that's about the extent of it. But since you asked for my opinion, I believe that the Falcons are loaded at the CB position. So unless Tankersley can convert to FS as you suggest, I doubt the Falcons would be too interested. Third as to your question about Workouts, there is generally NO limit on the number of workouts a team can conduct, as long as the workout is at the player's college campus or hometown, with a few exceptions. These workouts would involve physical and positional testing, similar to what is done at the Combine, but on a more individualized basis. However, official Visits at the team's own training facilities is generally limited to 30, with a few exceptions. These visits can not involve on-field physical or positional testing. Therefore, official Visits normally involve medical examinations, personal interviews, and written tests. A good article on the rules of workouts and visits as follows: " The NFL offseason schedule is a cycle of events and formalities leading up to the NFL Draft. It starts with All-Star games like the annual Shriner's game, followed by the Senior Bowl and leading up to the big kahuna -- the NFL Scouting Combine. After the combine, organizations will flock to individual school's Pro Days to watch prospects perform where they are most comfortable. Following those visits would be the Pre-Draft visits. Now, NFL teams meet with players all along this process. At the All-Star games, the combine and at their Pro Days, but nothing compares to a team bringing in a player for a pre-draft visit. After all the formalities along the way, these pre-draft visits are a critical part of the evaluation process as this is the first clear-cut sign of interest between a prospect and a NFL franchise. As with all things in the NFL, there are rules and regulations which must be followed throughout these visits. For instance, "Each team may transport a maximum of 30 draft-eligible players to the team's home city or another location for a one-day physical examination. These players cannot be timed and tested. Interviews and written tests may be conducted during the visit." So, if the team can have only certain interactions with players at a pre-draft visit at their headquarters, what can they do while at their Pro Day, or other off-site events? "There is no limit on the number of prospects tested by a team on campus (workouts). Clubs also may time draft-eligible players, conduct on-field tests of draft-eligible players, and administer written tests to draft-eligible players in the metropolitan area of the player's campus or hometown, at college postseason all-star game practice sessions, provided that the player is a participant in the all-star game, at a League-approved workout (Indianapolis Combine, NFL Regional Combines), and at the campus of any college located in the same state as the player's college, provided that the player is attending a school in NCAA Division I-AA (Football Championship Subdivision), II, or III, an NAIA school, or a junior college, and further provided that the timing and testing only occurs on a school's Pro Day, but only if the players have received permission from the hosting school's Pro Liaison." "Players who attend college or reside in a club's "metropolitan area" can be given a physical examination without counting against the 30-player limit, unless the club provides transportation for the visit. Also, a player who attends college or whose hometown is in a club's "metropolitan area" may be timed and tested at the club's facility, as long as the club does not provide transportation." I bet you never knew there were so many rules and regulations of not only pre-draft visits, but also in those meetings with players at their Pro Days. Well, now you know...and knowing is half the battle. "
  8. Thanks again Fentaye. I added Kicker Matt Davis and WR/R Mitchell Paige to the OP list. However, I was not able to indicate the projected draft rounds, because draft prospect ranking listings are evidently down for the time being..
  9. It is being reported that Evans is really moving up the draft boards lately. I even saw an article saying that Atlanta is even considering him as its possible first round selection. Evans is now being compared to Karl Joseph. There is a topic on the front page of the MB just on Justin Evans that is well worth a read, if you haven't already done so.
  10. Might be a little more realistic if the second and third picks were flipped: Evans in the second TK in the third.
  11. 1. Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky OG As one of the few ESPN writers who spends his time studying football, instead of tending his hair, Bill Barnwell notes that the only real hole on the Falcons' roster is at Guard. Despite a few half-hearted lunges at filling the spot in Free Agency, the hole still remains. While they have brought in oft-injured Hugh Thornton to compete with UDFA Ben Garland and 6th round pick, Wes Schweitzer, the hole still remains. In fact, that remaining hole at Right Guard is arguably as big as the one in the offensive coordinator's office. The Falcons have been focused on the position in their pre-draft meetings. No player has garnered more attention than Forrest Lamp. They met with him at the Senior Bowl; they've talked with him at the Combine; they've held private workouts. At this point, the question is less "would the Falcons pick Lamp at 31" and more "would the Falcons trade up to get Lamp." In this scenario, he falls to 31 and our guess is that the Falcons run to the podium to get him. Last year, Chris Chester gave up 45 pressures on 629 pass blocking attempts. If the Falcons' offense is to function at the same high level, they will need to keep Matt Ryan's pocket clean and upgrading RG is the best way to do that. Obviously, improving the pass rush arsenal is a need, too, but Lamp has been target for a long time in Flowery Branch. 2. Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova DL5T (My note: Drafttek has Rivers, Willis, Basham, and Bowser going within 7 picks before this pick) With the hole at Guard filled, the Falcons will need to address the edges of their DL. When your team has 34 sacks and one player gets 15.5 of them, that's more than a little unbalanced. Vic Beasley will need help, even with the growth of Grady Jarrett and the return of Adrian Clayborn and Derrick Shelby. However, that returning talent could allow the Falcons to gamble on a high-upside talent that needs time to develop, and no one fits that better than Kpassagnon. He has unbelievable length, height, and explosive power, but Kpassagnon is definitely raw. Still, Quinn really seems intrigued by him and he would be worth taking a risk on, with most of the pass rushers off the board. In a perfect world, a LEO rusher like Derek Rivers or TJ Watt would fall this far, but alas, this is not a perfect world. Kpassagnon makes a nice compensation pick. 3. Justin Evans Texas A&M S 4. Trey Hendrickson Florida Atlantic EDGE 5. Michael Roberts Toledo TE 7. Freddie Stevenson Florida St FB
  12. theProf's 4th mock draft, entitled "Gotta Get a Guard OR Else". This ends my first wave of mock drafts. 1. OG: Forest Lamp OR if he's not available Garett Bolles (convert to an OG) 2. DE: Jordan Willis OR if he's not available Terell Basham OR Derek Rivers 3. RB: Kareem Hunt OR if he's not available Brian Hill OR Elijah McGuire 4. TE: Johnnu Smith OR if he's not available Eric Saubert 5. LB: Tanner Vallejo OR if he's not available Samson Ebukam LB/DE OR Keion Adams LB/DE 7. OT: Taylor Gadbois OR if he's not available Darrell Williams OR Corey Levin OT/OG
  13. Much appreciated Fentaye. I've now added TE Anthony Firkser's Visit and CB Brandon Wilson's Workout to the OP.
  14. theProf's 3rd mock draft entitled "Let's Lasso a Linebacker first" 1. Tyus Bowser LB 2. Derek Rivers DE 3. Kareem Hunt RB 4. Sam Tevi OT 5. Aviante Collins OG 7. Avery Moss DE
  15. theProf's 2nd mock draft entitled "There's safety in a Safety" as follows: 1. Budda Baker FS 2. Tarell Basham DE 3. Danny Isadora OG 4. Brian Hill RB 5. Tanner Vallejo LB 7. Taylor Gadbois OT