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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Falcons bringing in Towson's West for visit

By Vaughn McClure

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The Atlanta Falcons obviously are impressed with at least one small-school running back.

Towson University's Terrance West, a player the Falcons reportedly worked out privately, is scheduled to visit the team next Wednesday, according to a league source.

The 5-foot-9, 225-pound West opened eyes with an impressive performance during his pro day. He is projected as a third-round pick after leaving school a year early.

In three seasons at Towson, West rushed for 4,849 yards on 802 carries with 84 touchdowns. His touchdown total tied the NCAA FCS record set by Georgia Southern's Adrian Peterson, the brother of former Falcon Mike Peterson.

Although the Falcons still believe in veteran Steven Jackson, they'll need to draft another running back for the future. Jason Snelling's abrupt retirement created a need for more depth at the position although the Falcons have Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith returning.

The Falcons also have top offensive tackle Jake Matthews from Texas A&M visiting next week, as well as UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr.

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Whats up with the names and font? lol

They really seem serious about the kid. I haven't seen much of him. Have to go actually check him out now.

I ain't heard of him either, but 4,849 yards, 84 TD's tells me the guy is beasting at his level of football. Can he do it at the top level is the question. I wish him all the best. If he's got the talent and heart, he'll find a town and a bunch of fans eager to welcome the next RB star to the team and i'll be among them. And I say that meaning no disrespect to SJax.

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4.54/40 CBS Sportsline Scouting Report Below. They have him as 3rd rounder and ranked ahead of bigger names like Seastrunk, Carey, Freeman and Sims.

STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES

STRENGTHS: Solidly-built throughout with good muscle build to shake off defenders. Smooth hips and lower body to stay balanced, working off and around blocks well with a good combination of power and foot quickness. Physical, tough and lowers his pads to finish through contact. Good vision, patience and natural feel as a ballcarrier to press the hole and attack the line of scrimmage, following his blocks. Strong cuts and breaks tackles at all levels . A chore to tackle. Good speed and won?t slow down at the second level with long strides in the open field. Workhorse and wears down defenses. Catches the ball well (31 career catches). Strong work ethic and devoted to the game with his head on straight, keeping his eyes on the prize. Extremely productive career (led the team in rushing each of the last three seasons) and leaves Towson as the school?s all-time leading rusher (4,854), setting FCS single-season records in 2013 for rushing yards (2,509) and rushing touchdowns (41).

WEAKNESSES: Tends to run too high at times and needs to consistently keep his pad level low and keep himself small at the line of scrimmage without slowing down. Makes too much contact with his blockers inside. Lacks elite speed to routinely win the edge. Not much burst and needs a few steps to get his full momentum going. Runs hard, but lacks shifty, explosive feet or twitchy moves. Needs to improve his awareness in pass protection to gain better positioning and show better technique. Needs to hold the ball high and tight and will get sloppy in this area, especially in space. Didn?t face top-flight competition each week at the FCS level.

--Dane Brugler

PLAYER OVERVIEW

Despite a productive high school career, West, who has an infant son, struggled to qualify academically out of high school and attended Fork Union Military Academy, but he left prematurely because he was too far from home. He worked odd jobs while trying to walk on at Maryland or Clemson, but ended up walking on at Towson where he worked his way onto the field and rushed for 1,294 yards in a back-up role in 2011, setting the FCS freshman touchdown record (29). West saw more playing time in 2012, but re-wrote the record books in 2013 as a junior when he finished with a FCS-record 2,509 rushing yards and 41 rushing scores, earning multiple All-American honors and finishing third in the voting for the Walter Payton Award. Despite his numbers coming at the FCS-level, his career production is impressive with 4,854 rushing yards and 84 touchdowns in only three seasons, becoming a rare FCS underclassman to leave early. West is built very well and delivers hits with his natural power and initial momentum, staying light on his feet and finishing strong. He lacks elite athletic traits, but he is reminiscent of Joique Bell and fits a similar type of role where he can offer a nice power compliment.

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Reading this review of him, the problem is his strengths don't fit what the Falcons offense needs. "Wears down a defense" is irrelevant when the scheme doesn't give the RB enough carries. Atlanta needs a RB that can catch the ball out of the backfield and break long runs. The cited "lack of burst and needs a few steps to build up momentum" sounds like a rerun of what old Turner was.

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Reading this review of him, the problem is his strengths don't fit what the Falcons offense needs. "Wears down a defense" is irrelevant when the scheme doesn't give the RB enough carries. Atlanta needs a RB that can catch the ball out of the backfield and break long runs. The cited "lack of burst and needs a few steps to build up momentum" sounds like a rerun of what old Turner was.

Give me old Turner any day. Doesn't matter what you're scheming if he has even similar production to '08 Turner.

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Reading this review of him, the problem is his strengths don't fit what the Falcons offense needs. "Wears down a defense" is irrelevant when the scheme doesn't give the RB enough carries. Atlanta needs a RB that can catch the ball out of the backfield and break long runs. The cited "lack of burst and needs a few steps to build up momentum" sounds like a rerun of what old Turner was.

The perfect fit. That's what Smittyball 2.0 will rebuild from, a rejuvenated running game. Shelve the passing game. Slowly grind the opposing defense into submission. Three yards and a cloud of artificial turf. Control the clock with 18-play, 12-minute drives, most ending with a punt landing inside the opponent's 10. Win each game with a last-second FG, 3-0. Gotta love it.

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Couple of observations:

1. The fact we sent so much personnel to Towson then having him in for a visit may suggest they are not sold on him and are undecided, if they are investing so much resource in him.

2. There has been lots of media exposure with us and West, funny tIme of year maybe it's a massive smokescreen and maybe enticing a team to take West when be like other backs!

4th round grade for me! Like the player just seems way to obvious! I fear TD may use our 2nd rd on him!

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