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Clay Matthews LB USC 6'3 246lbs Hand:9 3/8 Arm length:32

Monday Practice Notes: Matthews strictly played linebacker today and did a good job. He's very aggressive and physical against the run or in pass coverage. He had a solid day overall and did a good job in all aspects.

Tuesday Practice Notes: He showed very good recognition and good sideline to sideline range. He is a physical player who likes to hit. Looked comfortable with what was asked of him assignment wise, and had a good practice.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Saw a few repetitions in pass rushing drills where he was able to get a nice bulrush on former Rebel Michael Oher. Fought off blocks well against the run and also in pass rush drills. Appears to enjoy contact and can be very disruptive to ball carriers if not blocked well.

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Analysis: Matthews was solid all week. He plays the game with a physical nature showing good instincts and looks like the son of a football player. If he works out well at the combine he could climb into the draft's initial 45 picks.

Brian Cushing LB USC 6'2 7/8 243lbs Hand:9 7/8 Arm length:31 3/4

Monday Practice Notes: Solid but not spectacular day. Showed a lot of strength in the box but at the same time struggled in coverage and was beaten by Anthony Hill badly.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Not as physical as his USC counterparts on a consistent basis. Appeared to shy away from contact at times, but did lay a thundering hit on Rashad Jennings during scrimmage work. Overall, a very mediocre day however.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Came down with the defensive line to practice his pass rush off the edge and was relatively ineffective on this day. Cushing looked very good in position drill work this afternoon. He showed a nose for the ball and turned up his intensity during the scrimmage work as well. He fought off blockers, got good penetration, and made a nice read on a screen play.

Thursday Practice Notes: Cushing had a terrific day on the field. He was very explosive and fast. On one simulated blitz he came clear up the field and had a free shot to knock out the passer.

Analysis: Cushing was a bit inconsistent throughout the week. When he was on his game he was a force to be reckoned with, but it did not happen on every snap. Had Cushing played with the same high intensity he flashed only so often, many would be walking away talking about him being a top 20 pick.

Rey Maualuga LB USC 6'1 7/8 254lbs Hand:10 Arm length:31 5/8

Monday Practice Notes: Looked like a guy who hasn't played football in a while. Looked out of shape this morning then mentally slow in practice. Pulled it together late, which was a promising sign.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Very strong at the point of attack. He is able to move guys, and shed blocks, easily when he gets leverage. He looked stiff and flat footed at times, but overall had a solid practice.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Dominated his opponents in 1-on-1 pass rush drills. On one occasion, he tossed James Davis aside like a rag doll. Showed good recognition today in scrimmage work and had a good practice overall.

Thursday Practice Notes: Maualuga was dominant again today. He was explosive, fast and easily got off blocks to make the play. For the second day in a row he look like the potential top 10 pick he is advertised to be.

Analysis: After a slow start to the week the light finally went on and Maualuga looked like the dominant, top ten prospect most have pegged him to be. There is concern about Maualuga off the field. He's easily led around and not very decisive. In fact at times he seems to be a bit naive. This is something to watch out for. On the field there's no stopping him once he gets it cranked up.

Fili Moala DL USC 6'4 2/8 305lbs Hand:10 Arm length:33 3/4

Monday Practice Notes: Showed good quickness and used his hands well in getting off blocks, was complimented on his hips and pass rush abilities by a Jacksonville Jags staff member.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Once again proved proficient in using his hands well to swat those of his opponent. Played well throughout the day, both against the run and pass, but showed a tendency stand straight up off the snap and give up his chest.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Really good day for the USC product. Moala received praise by his coach on multiple occasions throughout practice. Though he still gave up his chest once or twice to the offensive lineman, he was really getting off blocks against the run. His pass rush was inconsistent, but he was able to get a few nice moves to beat his opponent.

Thursday Practice Notes:

Analysis: Getting better with each day, Moala became a favorite of his North coaching staff. His one area of concern will continue to be playing a little high and giving up his chest. Otherwise, he was able to use his hands very well, hold up solidly against the run, and even display an effective interior pass rush. Another USC product who could likely become a high round selection.

Corvey Irvin DL Georgia 6'3 301lbs Hand:9 3/4 Arm length:34

Monday Practice Notes: Had trouble getting separation and getting off blocks, but did show good quickness for his size.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Quick and athletic throughout the day. Looked very good in pass rush drills but struggled against the run.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Worked hard throughout the practice and had a solid effort. Irvin shot some gaps using his quickness, was able to swat opposing lineman’s hands effectively, and even showed a decent speed rush off the edge in pass rush drills. He was overcome when engaged by bigger offensive lineman in the running game.

Thursday Practice Notes:

Analysis: Often overshadowed by his fellow Georgia interior defensive linemen, Irvin was able come to Mobile and showcase his own abilities. Irvin did not disappoint and likely opened a few eyes. Just under 300 pounds, it was apparent this defensive tackle is athletic and tenacious. He is very good at shooting gaps with his quickness off the snap but does struggle when an offensive lineman is able to lock him up. A fit for a one gap penetrating defense, Irvin’s stock should have improved favorably.

Alphonso Smith DB Wake Forest 5'8 7/8 193lbs Hands:9 5/8 Arm length:31

Monday Practice Notes: Smith was terrific. He showed outstanding cover skills and made a beautiful pick late in the day. His lack of size may be an issue as Smith was getting physically beat by opponents.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Smith was very impressive today. He refuses to back down to anyone and fought hard to defend passes. On one play he stayed with Mohamed Massaquoi in the route, even though the UGA receiver tried to throw several moves on him, and nicely broke up the pass.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Smith was again outstanding. He's got great mechanics, instincts and plays very tough. He backed down to no one and in one instance mixed it up with the much larger Greg Carr (a last minute replacement) and jarred the ball loose.

Thursday Practice Notes: Another outstanding day for Smith who showed great ball skills and a knack for breaking up the pass.

Analysis: In a word- Smith was tremendous in every aspect. He's a terrific athlete with great ball skills. Smith is also not afraid to throw his body around the field. He elevated his draft stock significantly and we would not be surprised if he jumps into the draft top 15 selections.

Larry English DL Northern Illinois 6'2 1/8 254lbs Hand:9 3/4 Arm length:32 1/2

Monday Practice Notes: Clearly the most fluid pass rusher of this bunch during this practice. He was very quick off the snap, dipped the shoulder and turned the corner, as well as using his hands well. Though, English appeared to be a liability at times against the run.

Tuesday Practice Notes: An impressive day for the undersized defensive end. Blockers had a rough time keeping English out of the backfield. Takes a perceived disadvantage, his size, and uses it to play with very good leverage by getting under all the offensive linemen’s pads. He worked hard down the line. All helped him have a much better day against the run. He really used a nice speed rush today as well.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Once again strong all around day. His pass rush continues to be very impressive.

Thursday Practice Notes: Began the day at linebacker working in pass coverage drills where he really struggled. It was obvious he had never played the position as he was awkward in his pass drops and just did not move well to keep up with his coverages. Moving back to defensive end, was not much better as English was only able to get a single good pass rush on the day after playing so well earlier in the week.

Analysis: Quietly had himself a very nice week of practice. The physical tools are obvious. English has as much potential, if not moreso, than any pass rusher among his peers down in Mobile. Very quick off the edge, playing with good leverage, and showing the flexibility to bend the pocket effectively. When finally asked to participate in linebacking drills, his likely position at the next level, English had plenty of troubles Despite those struggles, English looks to have solidified himself as an early round selection.

Evander Hood DL Missouri 6'3 1/8 300lbs Hand:9 7/8 Arm length:33 1/4

Monday Practice Notes: A tough blocking assignment for most offensive lineman throughout the day, Hood is very quick off the snap for an interior defensive lineman. He was able to shoot gaps and disrupt the running attack on multiple occasions.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Excelled in pass rushing drills where Ziggy was able to highlight multiple moves. Continues to show a very good motor, working hard in every drill. Also was rather solid against the run where he read his keys properly and squeezed holes against pressure.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Continues to display nice burst off the snap as well as a nonstop motor. Watching him a little more closely today against the run, the former Tiger was not always as impressive. He had troubles a few times taking on double teams and splitting them. Also he needed to get the hands of offensive linemen off of his jersey on more of a regular basis.

Thursday Practice Notes: Always trying to swipe and claw the hands of opponents off , Hood did have some problems today clearing the initial punch of offensive linemen getting off blocks. He had a nonstop motor in his pass rushes.

Analysis: Ziggy’s week of play was exceptional. His first step is quick enough along the interior to give offensive linemen fits. He is a tenacious defender always working hard to get off of blocks or rushing the passer. His ability to consistently reestablish the line of scrimmage makes him a perfect fit as a future one gap penatrator in certain systems. It would not be a surprise to see Hood eventually garnering some interest as a late first round possibility.

Clint Sintim LB Virginia 6'2 5/8 249lbs Hands:9 7/8 Arm length:33

Monday Practice Notes: A collegiate 34 outside linebacker, Sintim’s role this week will be as a more traditional strongside linebacker. He certainly did well in this role covering the tight ends pretty closely and consistently played hard through the whistle.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Defended very well in coverage and showed good agility. His position coach was pleased with his effort.

Wednesday Practice Notes: He was a bit sloppy with his footwork in agility drills, but displayed some impressive pass rush moves in 1-on-1 drills. Showed good range in scrimmage work and played physical. Played both the run and pass well today. Received a few repetitions in pass rushing drills coming off the edge in both three point and two point stance. Fluid in his attempts but not necessarily overly impressive.

Thursday Practice Notes: Really struggled in pass coverage, stiff and could not keep up with his assignments.

Analysis: There were a variety of opinions on Sintim. He's a nice player but did not really stand out here in Mobile as he needed to..

Darius Butler DB Connecticut 5'10 178lbs Hand:9 5/8 Arm length:31 3/4

Monday Practice Notes: Played very well throughout the day and was one of the few standouts among this particular squad. Butler covered well all through practice displaying a smooth pass drop, fluid hips, and drove on the ball very well.

Tuesday Practice Notes: After a terrific opening practice Butler was a bit inconsistent today. He has no problem covering opponents once he gets a jam on them at the line but struggled when they were able to cleanly release. His size and athleticism are impressive.

Wednesday Practice Notes: For a second day in a row Butler was unimpressive. He consistently got turned by receivers and was slow reacting to the ball. He was beat a number of times by Brandon Gibson.

Thursday Practice Notes: Looks very athletic on the field but still gets turned and let a few receivers behind him.

Analysis: Butler started well but fizzled by weeks end. He did nothing to dispel our belief that he's a big, fast, strong athlete who needs a lot of work on his defensive back skills.

Patrick Chung DB Oregon 5'11 207lbs Hand:9 Arm length:31

Monday Practice Notes: More of a rover linebacker than a true safety in college, Chung had a decent day in coverage today as more of a traditional safety. He did struggle changing directions, but he also made a play or two.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Chung struggled initially in pass coverage drills yet to his credit stuck with it and improved as the day proceeded. He was physical throughout the practice and really looked like one of the better safeties on the field.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Chung was very good up the field and between the numbers. He shows a lot of moxy to his game and plays very hard until the whistle blows. Overall it was a solid day for the Oregon safety.

Thursday Practice Notes: Chung went very hard in practice and was relatively effective. He's not afraid to throw his body around the field, even wearing no pads.

Analysis: Chung presented himself as a hard-hitting safety and threw his body around the field most of the week. He lacks the top range and speed to the flanks and was best when the action was in front of him or when he was defending the run. He's likely a third round pick for a zone safety defense.

Louis Delmas DB Western Michigan 5'11 200lbs Hand:9 3/8 Arm length:31 3/4

Monday Practice Notes: Some eyes should have been opened with the play of Delmas today. The Western Michigan product made good reads throughout the day, covered well in the slot, and broke on the ball extremely well from his safety position.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Delmas was feisty and effective all day in practice. He mixed it up in practice and laid several hard licks on opponents. He was constantly around the ball and made a lot of positive plays against the run and pass. There's no doubt Delams was one of the best defensive backs on the North squad and is really improving his draft stock.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Delmas had another solid day. There were no eye-popping hits as we saw on Tuesday but Delmas was impressive with his vocal leadership on the field, making sure players in the secondary were in proper position.

Thursday Practice Notes:

Analysis: Delmas was terrific and exceeded our expectations. He was physical, showed coverage skills and excellent leadership skills on the field. He relentlessly threw his body around the field and was constantly in the right place at the right time. There's no doubt he improved his draft stock anywhere from 15 slots to a full round based on his performance.

Nic Harris LB Oklahoma 6'2 233lbs Hand:10 Arm length:32 5/8

Monday Practice Notes: Let the transition to weakside linebacker begin. Obviously the former safety was coached up often throughout the session, but Harris was able to play downhill a little bit and scrape nicely from the backside to fill a hole or two.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Performed very well in coverage, while showing good awareness and recognition but had some trouble getting off blocks at times.

Wednesday Practice Notes: He displays very quick feet. He had to be coached up a little during drill work on things such as taking bad angles, but he seems to correct the mistakes and not repeat them. He had a solid day dropping back into coverage, and did a good job of being physical with the tight ends off the line of scrimmage.

Thursday Practice Notes: The former safety was moving exceptionally well in individually well in pass coverage drills.

Analysis: Harris did a great job transitioning to outside linebacker and really gave scouts a lot to think about. He was athletic and explosive making plays sideline-to-sideline. He did show some hesitation in coverage but for the most part it was thumbs up all the way for him.

UPDATE: I didnt here anything about the Falcons working out Robert Ayers but here you go.

Robert Ayers DL Tennessee 6'3 273lbs Hand:9 7/8 Arm length:32 1/2

Monday Practice Notes: Showed good quickness, and a good first step, but had issues with his balance and footwork. Showed some good moves in pass rush drills.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Strong all around performance for this defensive end. Particularly, Ayers was very hard to move against the run. He planted himself and held up well against the likes of offensive tackles, Michael Oher and Troy Kropog. Also improved as the day went along in his pass rush.

Wednesday Practice Notes: The end was not able to set the edge of the defense and was told about it from his position coach rather loudly. Ayers needed to become more consistent getting offensive lineman’s hands off his jersey. In his pass rush he did throw a lot of counters after being initially shut down.

Thursday Practice Notes:

Analysis: One of the few bright spots to Tennessee’s wretched 2008 campaign, Ayers came into this week with a lot to gain. The defensive end was able to play well throughout the week. Particular, the 273 pound end was stout against the run most throughout most of the practices. His pass rush was inconsistent, but there were flashes of ability. Ayers will be a good fit for a traditional 43 front as a rotational edge player.

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I wish we could get Alphonso Smith somehow...but I know we have bigger needs...but I wish

Alphonso Smith might slip to our 2nd round pick........ The guy is good but i havnt seen a 5'8 CB (thats successful) draft in the 1st or 2nd round besides Antoine Winfield....... Chalrlie Casserly said that a GM told him the samething.

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Matt Ryan skip the senoir bowl last year...... your HATERISM is not good my friend... You dont have to like the guy but come on.

Its called realism...I dont want us drafting a guy with 1 year of starting experience in 4...I dont want us drafting a guy that isnt regarded for his hustle.

Not in the first round anyways

Matt Ryan, in contrast, started 2.5 years in college.

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?. If we drafted Micheal JOhnson, you dont think he will be an upgrade for us among our pass rushers already on the team(exclude Abe)? :D

Try to answer without hating on MJ.

Thats like being the smartest kid in a remedial class....it doesnt take much.

My question to you, why do you think he is worth a first round pick?

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QUOTE (jaymadd1 @ Apr 5 2009, 08:04 PM)

?. If we drafted Micheal JOhnson, you dont think he will be an upgrade for us among our pass rushers already on the team(exclude Abe)?

Try to answer without hating on MJ.

Thats like being the smartest kid in a remedial class....it doesnt take much.

My question to you, why do you think he is worth a first round pick?

Once again if you please! In this thread post your 1st round Falcons draft choice as I sense many flame throwers are fully charged!

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Thats like being the smartest kid in a remedial class....it doesnt take much.

My question to you, why do you think he is worth a first round pick?

As TD has already stated in numerous press conferences he drafts for needs. We need a pass rusher and TD wants to get a good one that can do that for us. Micheal Johnson and/or Larry English may be available when we pick at 24. MJ is going to be one of the better pass rushers still available to us. Micheal JOhnson is compared to Julius Peppers and how many of you would pass on the chance of getting the next Julius Peppers, of course there is risk involved but IMO the reward outweighs the risk. MJ still has some work to put in to become an Everydown DE, but he would instantly make our DLIne better in terms of getting pressure on the QB opposite of Abe. TD is apparently very interested in getting a DE that can pass rush.

Just A Day in the MInd of Jaymadd :D

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As TD has already stated in numerous press conferences he drafts for needs. We need a pass rusher and TD wants to get a good one that can do that for us. Micheal Johnson and/or Larry English may be available when we pick at 24. MJ is going to be one of the better pass rushers still available to us. Micheal JOhnson is compared to Julius Peppers and how many of you would pass on the chance of getting the next Julius Peppers, of course there is risk involved but IMO the reward outweighs the risk. MJ still has some work to put in to become an Everydown DE, but he would instantly make our DLIne better in terms of getting pressure on the QB opposite of Abe. TD is apparently very interested in getting a DE that can pass rush.

Just A Day in the MInd of Jaymadd :D

Another thing to consider....although Demi wasn't here in 2007, I don't know if this team is ready to draft another 1st round DE...I think that goes for any DE.

Yeah we need a boost at DE big time, but why put all of your eggs into another unknown basket? Because of potential? Welp, potential landed us Anderson...and yes the 2 are very comparable, maybe not in their game, but in their draft scenarios.

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