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I will try to keep this topic thread current and updated until the draft, in reverse chronological order by the latest date.  BTW I will not include a player in this recap, unless I have a corresponding link.

 

An updated comprehensive list of players who have had private workouts/visits with the Falcons through April 21 as follows:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

OFFENSE:

QB Matt Ryan, Boston College

QB Brian Brohm, Louisville

QB Chad Henne, Michigan

QB Joe Flacco, Delaware

QB Josh Johnson, San Diego

QB Andre Woodson, Kentucky

QB John David Booty, USC

QB Dennis <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Dixon, Oregon

QB Paul Smith, Tulsa

 

RB Jamaal Charles, Texas

RB/Returner Chris Johnson, East Carolina

RB Ray Rice, Rutgers

RB Matt Forte, Tulane

RB Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech

RB Kalvin McRae, Ohio

RB Jamar Brittingham, Blooomsburg

 

WR/Returner Eddie Royal, Virginia Tech

WR/Returner Dexter Jackson, Appalachian St.

WR Jordy Nelson, Kansas St.

WR Harry Douglas, Louisville

WR/Returner Pierre Garcon, Mount Union

WR Adrian Arrington, Michigan

WR Mario Urrutia, Louisville

 

TE John Carlson, Notre Dame

TE Brad Cottam, Tennessee

TE Martin Rucker, Missouri

TE Craig Stevens, California

TE Gary Barnidge, Louisville

TE Scott Kuhn, Louisville

OT Jake Long, Michigan

OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburg

OT Oniel Cousins, UTEP

OT/OG/C Jeremy Zuttah, Rutgers

OT Nate Garner, Arkansas

OG/OT Branden Albert, Virginia

 

C Mike Pollack,

Arizona St
.

C Cody Wallace, Texas A&M

 

FB Mike Cox, Georgia Tech

 

 

DEFENSE:

 

CB/Returner Leodis McKelvin, Troy

CB/Returner Antoine Cason, Arizona

CB Aqib Talib, Kansas

CB/Returner Tracy Porter, Indiana

CB/Returner Justin King, Penn St

CB Charles Godfrey, Iowa

CB Terrell Thomas, SouthernCal

CB Chevis Jackson, LSU

CB Jack Williams,

Kent St
.

 

LB Dan Conner, Penn St.

LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee

LB Curtis Loftin, Oklahoma

LB Phillip Wheeler, Georgia Tech

LB Gary Guyton, Georgia Tech

LB/DE Curtis Johnson, Clark Atlanta

LB/DE Brandon Miller, Georgia

 

DE/LB VernonGholston, Ohio St

DE Lawrence Jackson, Southern Cal

DE/LB Cliff Avril, Purdue

DE/DT Kendall Langford, Hampton

 

DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU

DT Dre Moore, Maryland

DT DeMario Pressley, NC St

DT Carlton Powell, Virginia Tech

 

S Kenny Phillips, Miami

S Tyrell Johnson, Arkansas St.

S Thomas DeCoud

 

 

04/21 NFL Draft Visits & Workouts: Defensive Backs

 

Leodis McKelvin/CB/Troy State:  Visits with the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins.  Visit and workout with the New York Jets and turned in great interviews with the team. Workout with the New England Patriots and sources said head coach Bill Belichick will be a part of that workout. 

Antoine Cason/CB/Arizona: Visits with the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings.

Aqib Talib/CB/Kansas:  Visits with the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, TampaBay Bucs, New England, Atlanta Falcons.  Also met with officials from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys.

Charles Godfrey/DB/Iowa:  Visits with Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, St. Louis Rams, New Orleans SaintsAlso a workout with Cleveland

Justin King/CB/Penn State: Visits with Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans.

Chevis Jackson/CB/LSU: Visited with the San Diego Chargers, and has had workouts or chalk talk sessions out with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

 

Marcellous Johnson/S/Arkansas St
: Visited and/or worked out for the St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta FalconsLate word on Johnson is the New York Giants are seriously considering the last pick of round one to draft him.

Thomas DeCoud/S/Cal: Private workout with New England Patriots.  Visits with the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins

 

 

04/18 NFL Draft Visits & Workouts: Linebacker

 

Philip Wheeler/MLB/Georgia Tech: Visits with the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and workout with the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens.

Jerod Mayo/LB/Tennessee:  Visits with the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New York Jets and New England Patriots.  Also visited with the Detroit Lions who may work him out again before the draft.

Curtis Johnson/DE-OLB/Clark Atlanta: Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens worked out Johnson.  Also worked out by Phil Savage. Visits with the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins

Gary Guyton/OLB/Georgia Tech:  Visits with the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons.

Brandon Miller/OLB/Georgia:  Visits with the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons.

 

04/17 NFL Draft Visits & Workouts: Defensive Linemen

 Glenn Dorsey/DT/LSU:  Worked out with the brain trust of Atlanta Falcons, visits with the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams.

Lawrence Jackson/DE/USC: Worked out by the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets.  Visits Tampa Bay Bucs, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets.  Met with the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dre Moore/DT/Maryland:  Visits with the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cliff Avril/DE-OLB/Purdue:  Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

DeMario Pressley/DT/North Carolina State:  Visits with the New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons

 

By D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 04/17/08

Arkansas State strong safety Tyrell Johnson, Miami free safety Kenny Phillips and Indiana cornerback Tracy Porter attended a practice during minicamp. General manager Thomas Dimitroff and Smith were part of a Falcon contingent that recently went to visit Penn State cornerback Justin King.

Troy State's Leodis Mc-Kelvin, the top cornerback in the draft, was also in town last weekend for a private workout.

 

http://www.ajc.com/falcons/content/printed...ntlid=inform_sr

 

04/16 NFL Draft Visits & Workouts: Offensive Linemen

Brandon Albert/OL/Virginia: Albert has been soaring up draft charts at the speed of light and is one of the draft's fastest risers. He's been a busy man recently, building up those frequent flier miles. Through this Friday, the 18th, Albert has visited or will visit the following teams: Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Bucs, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins. He has also had individual workouts for the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears.

Jake Long/OT/Michigan: Visits with the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and St. Louis Rams.

Jeremy Zuttah/OL/Rutgers: Visits with the San Diego Chargers. Workouts for the Tampa Bay Bucs, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, New York Giants.

Mike Pollack/C/Arizona State: Visits with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins.

Cody Wallace/C/Texas A&M: Visit with the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers.

ONeill Cousins/OL/UTEP: Visits with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys. Workouts for the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

 

Falcons | Porter attends practice Wednesday

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 21:10:26 -0700

D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports University of Indiana CB Tracy Porter attended the Atlanta Falcons' practice Wednesday, April 16.

Falcons | Phillips attends practice Wednesday

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 21:03:42 -0700

D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports University of Miami FS Kenny Phillips attended the Atlanta Falcons' practice Wednesday, April 16.

http://www.kffl.com/team/7/NFL

 

 

04/15 NFL Draft Visits & Workouts: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

Harry Douglas/WR/Louisville: Visit with the Atlanta Falcons.

Jordy Nelson/WR/Kansas State:  Visits with the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins who are incredibly interested in Nelson.  Workout with the Kansas City ChiefsAtlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears.

Adrian Arrington/Michigan:  Arrington has receiver the benefit of being Chad Henne's target throughout pre-draft workouts in California.  As a result any team that individually works out Henne has the added advantage of watching Arrington catch the ball.  The team whose shown the greatest interest thus far is the Miami Dolphins who took Arrington out to dinner.  He has worked out with the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,

Dexter Jackson/WR/Appalachian State:  Workouts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, visits with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Visit and workout with the Atlanta Falcons.

Eddie Royal/WR/Virginia Tech: Visits Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans and New York Giants. Workout with Atlanta Flacons while the Chicago Bears are on on hold.

Mario Urrutia/WR/Louisville: workout with the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin Rucker/TE/Missouri: Workout with the Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans

John Carlson/TE/Notre Dame: Interviewing/working out for the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills

Gary Barnidge/TE/Louisville: Workouts with the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and visits with the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

 

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 8:47 AM EST

University of Oklahoma LB Curtis Lofton has visited the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and St. Louis Rams, Scout.com has confirmed.

Lofton played mostly on the strong-side until the final quarter of the last season when he moved to the middle. That position versatility should give him added value on draft day. The key for him is to keep his weight up. Scouts question whether he can play in the middle at less than 240 pounds but he moves quite well.

Lofton is projected go off off the boards in rounds 2-3.

UPDATE TUESDAY 6:21 PM EST

Amid speculation that the New Orleans Saints are trying to acquire TE Jeremy Shockey from the New York Giants, Scout.com has confirmed TE Craig Stevens (California) has visited the Giants.

Stevens is seen as an athletic tight end with good upside. He's slated to go off the board in rounds 3-4.

Stevens also has visited with the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, and St. Louis Rams.

http://profootballexperts.scout.com/2/744410.html  (Link provided by The Cush)

 

08 schedule out, Otah attends practice

By Steve Wyche | Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 02:19 PM

In other news, University of Pittsburgh offensive tackle Jeff Otah (6-6, 322) watched part of the mini-camp practice as part of his pre-draft visit. Otah, a left tackle, is bigger and taller than just about anyone on the team. The young man is HUGE. The Falcons are scheduled to continue having visits, with LSU DT Glenn Dorsey and Kansas CB Aqib Talib being among those scheduled to come to Flowery Branch.

 

 

Falcons | Dorsey scheduled to visit again

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 16:28:39 -0700

Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Louisiana State DL Glenn Dorsey is scheduled to visit with the Atlanta Falcons again this week.

Falcons | Team held private workout for Dorsey

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 16:28:19 -0700

Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Atlanta Falcons held a private workout for Louisiana State DL Glenn Dorsey last weekend.

http://www.kffl.com/team/7/NFL'>http://www.kffl.com/team/7/NFL

 

Falcons | Gholston had private workout for team

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jidady (3/20/2008)
We're still looking at running backs. Unexpected. That's bad news for Snelling.

I don't think any one position is safe, to be honest. I would like to think that we will go BPA at most picks, and should a RB like Jamaal Charles (who I personally like a lot) fall, I would jump all over it.

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jidady (3/20/2008)
We're still looking at running backs. Unexpected. That's bad news for Snelling.

I don't think any one position is safe, to be honest. I would like to think that we will go BPA at most picks, and should a RB like Jamaal Charles (who I personally like a lot) fall, I would jump all over it.

Going BPA exclusively is not the way you build a team.You draft according to need of your system, and if BPA is there in a need position that fits your system,THEN you take BPA. But to do it exclusively is not the way to go.
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Matthew Pritts (3/20/2008)
Going BPA exclusively is not the way you build a team.You draft according to need of your system, and if BPA is there in a need position that fits your system,THEN you take BPA. But to do it exclusively is not the way to go.

Any other year I would agree, but for the most part, any of our positions could use improvement. I don't want to spend a high pick on DE, but we could use depth. The same goes for RB, and LG, and LB (strong-side). Other than that, we could really use players at every other position.

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Matthew Pritts (3/20/2008)
Going BPA exclusively is not the way you build a team.You draft according to need of your system, and if BPA is there in a need position that fits your system,THEN you take BPA. But to do it exclusively is not the way to go.

Any other year I would agree, but for the most part, any of our positions could use improvement. I don't want to spend a high pick on DE, but we could use depth. The same goes for RB, and LG, and LB (strong-side). Other than that, we could really use players at every other position.

We'll agree to disagree.

If we were in the position of the top teams in the league, we could afford to go BPA, but since we're in rebuilding and our finding players who fit our system we need to draft for need and system, not BPA. Unless the BPA is in a need position and they fit the system, like I said above.

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March 21, 2008

The Sports Xchange

 

 

1. Cornerback: With DeAngelo Hall dealt to Oakland, Atlanta has to find a replacement. That could come from within the roster -- Von Hutchins, David Irons or Brent Grimes. The Falcons have also brought in Aqib Talib and other potential draft picks for private workouts.

 

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Falcons to work out more QB prospects

Adam Caplan of Scout.com reports that in addition to the upcoming workout with <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco, the Falcons also plan to hold private workouts with Michigan's Chad Henne and USC's John David Booty by next week, if they already have not done so. Previous reports have indicated that the team has worked out or will do so with other top signal callers including Brian Brohm of Louisville, Boston College's Matt Ryan, and Kentucky's Andre Woodson.

It is expected that the Falcons will use one of their top four selections on the quarterback position. The Falcons hold the No. 3 overall pick, and Ryan has been a very popular choice among internet mock drafts since the fall. If not with the first round pick, it is expected the Falcons could use one of their three second round picks on any of those prospects. Those six prospects are widely considered to be the consensus top six quarterbacks in this year's draft class.

Previous reports indicated Flacco would work on Wednesday the 26th, but Scout.com is now reporting his workout with the Falcons will be on Friday the 28th.

 

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Falcons | Godfrey has visit scheduled

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 00:14:15 -0700<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports University of Iowa CB Charles Godfrey is scheduled to visit with the Atlanta Falcons.

Falcons | Urrutia scheduled to work out for team

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 00:31:56 -0700

J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Louisville WR Mario Urrutia is scheduled to work out for the Atlanta Falcons.

Falcons | J. Williams has private workout scheduled

Mon, 24 Mar 2008 23:58:52 -0700

J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Kent State CB Jack Williams has a private workout scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons.

  (link provided by BlacksburgHokie)

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Thanks to The Cush for providing a link to the tfydraft website. A lot of good draft info can be found on this site, including pro-day workouts and combine results.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

 

03/26 Live Pro Day Updates:

UPDATE 2 PM

Receiver Dexter Jackson, who has been soaring up boards after great performances at the Senior Bowl and combine, did not run the forty but participated in just about everything else and improved his combine marks.  His vertical jump was 30.5 inches, short shuttle 4.09 seconds and 3-cone timed 6.82 seconds. 

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Jackson took part in the pass catching workout and caught everything thrown his way.  He will be having individual workouts with the Tampa Bay Bucs and Philadelphia Eagles and will visit the Atlanta Falcons facility.  The Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers have also shown great interest in Jackson.

(link provided by The Cush to tfydraft

03/24 Live Pro Day Updates: Pitt/Louisville/Iowa

UPDATE 11:15PM

Iowa

Twenty four teams were on hand for the Hawkeye pro-day.  Sources have told up that defensive back Charles Godfrey looked sharp in Iowa City today.

The defensive back ran times as fast 4.33 seconds while also turning in a vertical jump of 37.5 inches.  Godfrey looked solid in position drills later on.

He has almost a dozen trips already set up as Godfrey will be visiting with the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Flacons, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, TampaBay, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots in the coming weeks.

Even after a combine workout which was below expectations, Iowa defensive back Charles Godfrey has drawn an incredible amount of interest from teams around the league.  Godfrey will workout for scouts next week at the Hawkeye pro-day yet already has personal workouts set up with the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys.  He will also be visiting the Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, St. Louis Rams and will be brought into Cleveland for a visit after his workout.

The Atlanta Falcons are considering using a pick in round two on Godfrey, as they will need cornerbacks once DeAngelo Hall is traded to Oakland.  Sources told us the Hall-to-Oakland deal is completed, with contract negotiations between the cornerback and the team the final hurdle.

03/19 Pro Day Updates: Notre Dame/Florida State/Texas

Notre Dame

Tight end John Carlson improved almost all his combine numbers.  Carlson ran his forty in just under 4.7 seconds, clocking as low as 4.68.  He completed a vertical jump of 35.5 inches and finished 21 reps on the bench. 

Carlson will be interviewing/working out for the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills in the coming weeks.

03/18 Live Pro Day Updates

Michigan & OregonState

Some additional notes on Friday's Michigan pro-day include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons planning dates to fly to California and individually workout both Adrian Arrington and Chad Henne.  Both are working out at the same facility.

Arrington's times were in the mid 4.5-second area which should secure him a spot in round three.  He did not participate in the 3-cone nor shuttle runs at his pro-day or the combine because of a leg injury.

03/12 Live Pro Day Updates

while the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will be bringing in defensive lineman Dre' Moore.

03/07 Live Pro Day Updates: Ohio St/Arizona St/South Florida

The Sun Devils top offensive lineman, Mike Pollack did not take part in the workout yet was busy speaking with teams.  Likely to be the first center selected, Pollack has drawn interest from a number of teams he will visit with including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins.

 

 

 

 

 

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Falcons will give QB Brohm a second look

By Carlos "Big C" Holmes

Dayton Daily News/Cox News Service

March 26, 2008

The Atlanta Falcons have been ridiculed for some of their recent decisions, but are said to be ready to shake things up on draft day. After what must seem like an eternity of negative publicity, the organization has taken a positive approach to the offseason in an attempt to improve the team s image. According to insiders, the club is taking the term image is everything to heart.

The Falcons, who own the third overall pick in the upcoming draft, are eyeing nothing but high-character prospects and will meet with one as early as next week, Louisville star QB Brian Brohm.

Members of the Falcons organization attended Brohm s Pro Day on Monday where he gave a phenomenal performance before NFL coaches and scouts. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound quarterback ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and lit it up during passing drills.

Note: Brohm actually measured in at 6 3 3/8 a half inch taller than what he measured in at the Combine last month.

According to a source attending the workout, Brohm threw about 63 passes and zipped the ball around the field with pinpoint accuracy. He threw nice tight spirals that dropped in on his target like heat-seeking missiles. He made every throw look easy. It was also stated that around the 10th throw the quarterback really caught fire, completing nearly every pass. There were two or three incomplete passes thrown during the workout, according to the source. For his finale, Brohm hooked up with standout Cardinal WR Harry Douglas for a 60-yard AT&T long distance connection.

One NFL scout in attendance said that Brohm performed brilliantly. He was fundamentally sound, his throws had some real giddy-up to them, and he showed good athleticism. Brohm gave a textbook performance, the scout said.

The Falcons aren t wasting any time getting reacquainted with Brohm. The team is scheduled to visit the quarterback for a private session next week. Brohm has worked out for the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay will work him out on Friday. He also has meetings scheduled with Baltimore and Minnesota, two teams in dire need of a franchise quarterback.

If the Falcons fail to pull the trigger on Brohm with the No. 3 pick, there is talk that the team could trade back into the first-round for the quarterback should he slip ala Brady Quinn in the 07 draft. The Falcons recently acquired an additional second-round pick, 34th overall, in a trade that sent veteran CB DeAngelo Hall to the Oakland Raiders. The team could package up a deal using one of their two second-round selections to climb up the board in the first-round to snag the passer.

Believe it or not, one of Brohm s biggest supporters with the Falcons is QB Chris Redman, who has been impressed with his quarterbacking skills since prep school. Unfortunately for Redman, if the team does indeed draft Brohm, he could be out of a job sooner than later.

In other team news, Ohio University RB Kalvin McRae is scheduled to visit the Falcons April 10. The gritty 5-9, 208-pound wrecking ball is a tough inside runner and is outstanding in short yardage and goal line situations. McRae doesn t have explosive speed, but does have great hands, making him a reliable receiver out of the backfield. He s an ideal check down receiver and could be used in an offense and on special-teams much like the way Kevin Faulk is used with the Patriots.

The Falcons are looking to add some depth to their backfield behind Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood. McRae, a Decatur Georgia native, would be a nice late-round fine for the team due to his versatility and durability. McRae is also a high-character guy.

The Dirty Birds may have had their wings clipped, but could be back in flight and soaring high sooner than expected.

 

http://www.bigcprofootball.com/articles/vi...cle.php?id=1083 (link provided by 67Camaro)

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It seems from these snippets that we're primarily showing interest in QBs, RBs, WRs, DBs, and a couple of OTs and TEs. I kind of wish that there were more DTs and LBs that we are showing interest in. It would pain me to see us take another WR or RB before those positions.

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xrage (3/27/2008)
It seems from these snippets that we're primarily showing interest in QBs, RBs, WRs, DBs, and a couple of OTs and TEs. I kind of wish that there were more DTs and LBs that we are showing interest in. It would pain me to see us take another WR or RB before those positions.

I know, but the DT position has been our free agency shopping spree.  I don't know if the GM, HC, DC, and DL coach have really settled on what we've found in free agency.

Currently our roster is carrying Babineaux, Lewis (injured), Moorehead, Moore, Anderson, and Stanley.  I really hope we at least take one in the 2nd round like Balmer, Laws, or Moore.

Our LB's are in trouble to me.  We will retain Boley and have Brooking, but we have a definite need for a starter.  I would prefer a MLB like Lofton here with a 2nd round pick.

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xrage (3/27/2008)
It seems from these snippets that we're primarily showing interest in QBs, RBs, WRs, DBs, and a couple of OTs and TEs. I kind of wish that there were more DTs and LBs that we are showing interest in. It would pain me to see us take another WR or RB before those positions.

Atlanta is very serious about the QB position, and Brohm certainly appears to be their first choice. It appears that the Falcons will probably add a RB to complement Turner and Norwood too. They also seem to be targetting CB, WR/Returner, and TE. Judging by the scheduled private workouts thus far, they do not YET appear to be targetting linemen, neither OL or DL, nor LBs, nor S. Perhaps as the draft draws nearer, we will see an increase in private workouts for the aforementioned positions.

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03/21/08 - Former Missouri tight end Martin Rucker had one chance to impress NFL scouts Thursday and didn't come away from it feeling like he had his best day. "There were a few things that could have gone better," said Rucker, who has been training in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Tempe, Ariz., since early January. "I did good on some other things. So, I think I did pretty good." A strained hamstring kept Rucker out of the various speed and agility drills the NFL uses to measure athleticism in potential draft picks at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. That same hamstring flared up before Missouri's first pro day earlier this month, and Rucker decided to stay in Arizona. Rucker ran a 4.71-second 40-yard dash, which he said he wanted to be faster. He said the down time was probably because he has been running for only about two weeks because of the injury. Rucker also had a vertical leap of 37 inches and a broad jump of 9 feet, 8 inches. According to NFLDraftScout.com, Rucker's stock hasn't risen or fallen since the Cotton Bowl. He is still considered to be a fourth or fifth-round pick. "It's been fun, but it's been frustrating with the injury," Rucker said. "You know, you got to sit around and listen to everybody talk and all that stuff. So you just have to keep your blinders on and you just have to stay focused because you can't do any better than what you can do." - Graham Watson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

03/21/08 - Rucker s had his own injury to endure lately, a strained hamstring he suffered at the Senior Bowl in January, which kept him from participating in any drills at the NFL scouting combine last month or at MU s first pro day two weeks ago. Yesterday, Rucker said he was clocked at 4.71 seconds in the 40 and reached 37 inches in the vertical jump, marks that would have ranked seventh and second, respectively, among tight ends at the combine. Next week, Rucker said he has a private workout scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons, a team that recently cut Pro Bowl tight end Alge Crumpler and owns 10 picks in the upcoming draft, including four of the first 48 selections. Otherwise, Missouri s season and career receptions leader will play the waiting game until the two-day NFL draft begins April 26. "It s been fun, but it s been frustrating with the injury because, you know, you got to sit around and listen to everyone talk," he said. "You just got to keep your blinders on and stay focused because you can t do any better than what you can do." - Dave Matter, Columbia Daily Tribune

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/profile.php?pyid=8401

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Falcons | Rucker works out for team

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 10:33:31 -0700

In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio The SIRIUS Blitz, University of Missouri TE Martin Rucker said he worked out for the Atlanta Falcons Friday, March 28. Rucker performed ball drills and a bag drill, which is a test of agility.


Falcons | Team to meet with N. Garner

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 08:32:38 -0700

KFFL has learned that the Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to meet with Arkansas OT Nate Garner.


Falcons | Team showing interest in Butterworth

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 22:54:17 -0700

Josh Buchanan, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports the Atlanta Falcons are showing interest in Slippery Rock OT Mike Butterworth.


Falcons | Team has workout scheduled with Henne

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:32:51 -0700

Daniel Mogollon, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports the Atlanta Falcons have a workout scheduled with University of Michigan QB Chad Henne.


Falcons | Kuhn scheduled to work out

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 21:45:18 -0700

J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Louisville TE Scott Kuhn is scheduled to have a workout with the Atlanta Falcons.


Falcons | Garner to visit in April

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 20:30:51 -0700

J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports University of Arkansas OL Nate Garner will visit the Atlanta Falcons April 16-17.


Falcons | A. Arrington has private workout scheduled with team

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:02:02 -0700

Daniel Mogollon, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports University of Michigan WR Adrian Arrington has a private workout scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons Friday, March 28.


Falcons | Zuttah scheduled to work out with team

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:41:36 -0700

J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports Rutgers OL Jeremy Zuttah is scheduled to work out privately with the Atlanta Falcons.


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Celt (3/29/2008)
Great posts rmarchma.  Thanks for all the research and time into organizing and maintaining this thread.

Thanks for the compliment; I appreciate it. It's a little more difficult to keep this topic thread current than I initially thought it would be. The new regime is really working very hard, and having many scheduled workouts with numerous players. Much more activity than last season. I still find it hard to believe that last year's staff did not even have a private workout with Jamaal Anderson, the #8 pick in the entire draft. It appears that the new staff is leaving no stone unturned in their player evaluations.

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03/28/08 - While there is some thought that Atlanta could use the No. 3 overall pick on Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons are doing serious due diligence on quarterback prospects that could be available in the second and possibly third rounds. This week, a five-man contingent flew to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />California to work out San Diego quarterback Josh Johnson and Southern California quarterback John David Booty. Head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff were among the party. Multiple personnel staffers also have been analyzing Ryan, Michigan's Chad Henne, Louisville's Brian Brohm and Delaware's Joe Flacco. The Falcons need to find their quarterback of the future but using the third overall pick on one seems more and more unlikely, especially since they have so many other need areas (offensive and defensive lines) and because there is some opinion that Ryan simply isn't a good value at No. 3.

 

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