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  1. Thursday, April 23, 2015 Falcons take long look at Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi By Vaughn McClure Last year, the Atlanta Falcons selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews with the sixth-overall pick in the NFL draft. Could the Falcons select a player off that same offensive line this year? It's a possibility. The Falcons recently hosted Aggies offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi at their facility, according to a league source. The 6-foot-5-inch, 306-pound Ogbuehi took over the starting left tackle spot after Matthews' departure. Ogbuehi was well on his way to becoming a first-round pick until he tore his ACL in the Aggies' Liberty Bowl win over West Virginia. He had surgery on Jan. 16 and an ACL recovery is typically seven to 10 months. The belief is Ogbuehi will be ready for training camp based on his progress thus far. He only participated in the bench press at this year's NFL combine, completing 23 reps of 225 pounds. Some draft projections have Ogbuehi going in the second or third round as a result of the injury. The Falcons, in need of athletic and versatile offensive linemen, might have to seriously consider the possibility of adding a player with first-round talent. Former Texas A&M offensive line coach B.J. Anderson raved about Ogbuehi's abilities. "I love the kid," Anderson said. "He's a really long, athletic kid. He plays with great athleticism. He's got great length. He's got the ability to play inside and out. In 2012, he was my starting right guard. He moved to right tackle, then he moved from right tackle to left tackle. So he's played a lot of positions, which will be very beneficial to him in an NFL camp. He's used to playing out of a right-hand stagger and a left-hand stagger." Anderson utilized both outside and inside zone blocking schemes with his linemen, and Ogbuehi used to clear holes for Johnny Manziel. The Falcons are implementing an outside-zone blocking scheme under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. "With his length and athleticism, he's perfect for that scheme," Anderson said. "Ced's like a long, athletic tight end who plays with power. He's very quick on his feet." Anderson is confident Ogbuehi will come back stronger off the ACL tear. "It killed me to see what happened to that young man in the bowl game," Anderson said. "I know he's been working his tail off to get ready for the draft. That's just the type of kid he is. He's a complete football junkie. He's got a great work ethic." The Falcons also have looked into top tackles such as Miami's Ereck Flowers, Pittsburgh's T.J. Clemmings and Colorado State's Ty Sambrailo, to name a few. Right now, the Falcons have a handful of offensive linemen still on the mend from serious injuries: Matthews (Lisfranc ligament tear), center Joe Hawley (torn ACL, MCL), tackle Sam Baker (knee), tackle Lamar Holmes (toe) and center/guard Peter Konz (ACL). The team also released veteran Justin Blalock, leaving a void at starting left guard.
  2. think this is just a throwaway visit..... Monday, April 21, 2014 Top corner Gilbert set to visit Falcons By Vaughn McClure Top cornerback prospect Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State tweeted that he is scheduled to visit Atlanta this week. The Falcons currently hold the sixth overall pick and are bringing in top prospects such as South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Buffalo outside linebacker Kahlil Mack and Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews this week. Gilbert is considered a top-15 pick. In his latest mock draft, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has Gilbert going to the Tennessee Titans with the No. 11 pick. The Falcons obviously are doing their homework on all scenarios, although securing offensive line help, a pass-rusher and a safety would appear to be the priorities. The team seems set at cornerback with second-year players Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford looking like the starting corners for the future. But head coach Mike Smith has emphasized the need for the extra defensive backs in today's NFL, with so many teams running multiple-receiver sets. Atlanta has competition at nickelback with Robert McClain, Javier Arenas and Josh Wilson. The 6-foot, 200-pound Gilbert ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds at the NFL combine and also completed 20 reps in the bench press. He also is an outstanding kick returner, although the Falcons signed Devin Hester to handle those duties.
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