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The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have agreed to terms with 19 college free agents, including North Texas linebacker Derek Akunne, Tarleton State defensive tackle Chris Brown, Central Oklahoma wide receiver Marquez Clark, Azusa Pacific University offensive lineman Cody Clay, Louisville safety Terell Floyd, Northern Arizona tight end Beau Gardner, Wisconsin defensive tackle Warren Herring, Fort Valley State cornerback Mike Lee, Cincinnati tackle Eric Lefeld, Oregon linebacker Derrick Malone, Houston defensive tackle Joey Mbu, Central Florida cornerback Jordan Ozerities, Florida Atlantic safety Damian Parms, Ottawa University wide receiver Joshua Stangby, Auburn safety Robenson Therezie, New Mexico State center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke, Oregon State running back Terron Ward, Texas Christian cornerback Kevin White, and Indiana wide receiver Shane Wynn.

Akunne, 6-0, 242 pounds, served as a team captain and led the Mean Green and Conference USA with 108 tackles (65 solo) while adding 8.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. He was an honorable mention all-conference selection after posting 90 tackles in 2013. Akunne is a native of Garland, Texas and attended North Garland High School.

Brown, 6-3, 333 pounds, impressed scouts with his pro day performance clocking a 5.52 40-yard dash, a 26-1/2-inch vertical and 8’2” in the broad jump, as well as a 5.06 20-yard short shuttle and an 8.16 second mark in the the three-cone drill.

Clark, 5-11, 190 pounds, earned All-America honors in 2013 after setting school records with 82 receptions and 1,348 receiving yards. He earned Southwest Junior College Football Conference Player of the Year honors and was a first-team All-America selection as a sophomore at Navarro Junior College before transferring to UCO. Clark is a native of Texarkana, Texas and attended Liberty-Eylau High School.

Clay, 6-6, 304 pounds, played right tackle for the Cougars and helped them to a 20-3 record and a pair of conference titles over the past two seasons. He helped open holes for a rushing attack that averaged an NCAA-best 195.7 rushing yards per game. Clay is a native of Fullerton, California and attended Mater Dei High School and Fullerton Community College.

Floyd, 5-10, 203 pounds, posted 145 tackles (117 solo) with six tacles for loss, two sacks, eight interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and 14 passes defensed during his career with the Cardinals. He is a native of Fort Pierce, Flordia and attended Port St. Luice High School.

Gardner, 6-4, 240 pounds, caught 28 passes for 412 yards with five touchdowns in his final season with the Lumberjacks. Prior to transferring to NAU, he spent time at Mesa Community College. Gardner is a native of Mesa, Arizona and attended Mesa High School.

Herring, 6-3, 294 pounds, played in 44 career games for the Badgers, totaling 56 tackles (28 solo) with 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two passes defensed. He is a native of Fairview Heights, Illinois and attended Belleville East High School.

Lee, 6-0, 183 pounds, recorded 41 tackles (24 solo) with 1.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, and eight passes defensed during his senior season with the Wildcats. He spent three seasons at the University of Massachusetts, where he tallied 54 tackles, four tackles for loss, two interceptions and 11 passes defensed. Lee is a native of McDonough, Georgia and attended Eagles Landing High School.

Lefeld, 6-6, 310 pounds, started all 13 games in 2014 and missed just one start in his final three years with the Bearcats. He was named to the Outland Trophy watch list in 2013 and 2014, and earned first-team All-Big East honors as a sophomore in 2012. Lefeld is a native of Coldwater, Ohio and attended Coldwater High School.

Malone, 6-2, 220 pounds, was the Ducks second leading tackler in 2014 with 85 stops. He finished his career with 246 tackles (116 solo), seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and eight passes defensed. Malone is a native of Colton, California and attended Colton High School.

Mbu, 6-3, 310 pounds, started all 13 games for the Cougars in 2014, serving as a team captain and earning first team All-AAC honors. He posted 92 tackles (38 solo) with 10.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions, and eight passes defensed in 50 career games. Mbu is a native of Richmond, Texas and attended Foster High School.

Ozerities, 5-10, 186 pounds, played in 47 games, including 28 starts for the Knights while totaling 164 tackles (111 solo), nine tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, six interceptions two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 19 passes defensed. He started all 13 games in 2014 and posted career highs with 11 passes defensed and three interceptions as well as 69 tackles with three tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Ozerities is a native of Mount Dora, Florida and attended Mount Dora High School.

Parms, 6-2, 210 pounds, played in 43 games for the Owls and posted 186 tackles (104 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three forced fumbles, one interception, and eight passes defensed. He set a career best with 84 tackles (50 solo) in 2014 while adding three tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one pass defense. Parms is a native of Miami, Florida and attended Mosignor Pace High School.

Stangby, 5-11, 185 pounds, earned All-KCAC honors for the second straight season after posting 52 receptions for 958 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. He averaged 18.4 yards per reception and 87.1 receiving yards per game last season. Stangby is a native of North Hollywood, California and previously attended Los Angeles Valley College.

Therezie, 5-9, 212 pounds, played in 49 games with 25 starts for the Tigers while totaling 116 tackles (83 solo) with 8.5 tackles for loss, one half sack, nine quarterback hurries, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He was an honorable mention All-SEC selection in 2013 after leading Auburn with four interceptions. Therezie is a native of Miami, Florida and attended Jackson High School.

Ume-Ezeoke, 6-3, 295 pounds, was a four-year starter at center for the Aggies and served as a team captain during his senior season in 2014. He was a first team All-Sun Belt selection last season. Ume-Ezeoke is a native of Garland, Texas and attended Garland Lakeview Centennial High School.

Ward, 5-7, 201 pounds, finished his career with 1,843 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns. He also added 87 receptions for 664 receiving yards in his career and was a key player on the Beavers special teams units. Ward is a native of Antioch, California and attended De La Salle High School.

White, 5-10, 174 pounds, finished his career with 146 total tackles (118 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, one sack, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and 27 passes defensed. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the conference’s coaches in 2014, notching career highs with 51 tackles (44 solo), four tackles for loss, and 11 passes defensed. White is a native of Round Rock, Texas and attended Stony Point High School.

Wynn, 5-7, 167 pounds, finished his career tied for second in receptions (189), third in kick return yardage (1,854), tied for third in receiving touchdowns (20), fourth in all-purpose yardage (4,429), seventh in receiving yardage (2,198), and tied for eighth in total touchdowns (25) on the Hoosiers career lists. He served as a team captain alongside Falcons third-round Draft choice

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Derek Akunne

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=96999&draftyear=2015&genpos=OLB

Chris Brown

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=1002374&draftyear=2015&genpos=DT

Marquez Clark

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=130454&draftyear=2015&genpos=WR

Cody Clay

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=1001658&draftyear=2015&genpos=OG

Terell Floyd

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=107380&draftyear=2015&genpos=CB

Beau Gardner

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=82702&draftyear=2015&genpos=TE

Warren Herring

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=108453&draftyear=2015&genpos=DT

Michael Lee

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=1002186&draftyear=2015&genpos=cb

Eric Lefeld

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=109716&draftyear=2015&genpos=OT

Derrick Malone

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=110037&draftyear=2015&genpos=ILB

Joey Mbu

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=96335&draftyear=2015&genpos=DT

Jordan Ozerites

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=111075&draftyear=2015&genpos=CB

Damian Parms

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=92698&draftyear=2015&genpos=SS

Joshua Stangby

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=1002352&draftyear=2015&genpos=WR

Robenson Therezie

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=119714&draftyear=2015&genpos=SS

Valerian Ume-Ezeoke

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=105666&draftyear=2015&genpos=C

Terron Ward

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=113439&draftyear=2015&genpos=RB

Kevin White

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=113645&draftyear=2015&genpos=CB

Shane Wynn

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=120219&draftyear=2015&genpos=WR

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One thing to keep in mind here is that there will be tryouts at the rookie mini-camp as well, which will most likely be this weekend. After which, you may very well see some these guys released, to make room to some of the tryout candidates. A few of them may not even last a week.

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I think Kevin White may have to convert to FS for Quinn to have a chance to make the roster.

He's most likely a nickel back candidate, which doesn't have the height and length requirements of an outside CB in this scheme. Quickness and agility is still king for a NB.

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Good haul of UDFA it's still upsetting to me we seem to not be focusing on our OLine.

Agree. Stone came in and was adequate last year, while Schraeder was two years ago. If we could get the same production out of a guard (either right or left) then that would be a major victory.

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He's most likely a nickel back candidate, which doesn't have the height and length requirements of an outside CB in this scheme. Quickness and agility is still king for a NB.

Rotoworld was blunt but correct in their assessment of our signing of him.

Falcons signed TCU CB Kevin White.

White (5'9/183) made 40 starts as a Horned Frog, tallying six career INTs and three forced fumbles. A second-team All-Big 12 pick by the conference's coaches, White's shining senior-year moment was holding namesake Kevin White of West Virginia to a 3-28-0 receiving line in November. TCU's White is short on size and speed (4.63), and lacks the quickness required to excel at slot corner. He was a good college corner who will likely struggle to transition.
May 2 - 8:13 PM

The reality is that he's too short, and not nearly athletic enough. He won on pure technique while at TCU, but that will be more difficult in the pros. It's not impossible though of course, and Brent Grimes is the best example. I'm certainly rooting for him, but he's no lock to make the roster that's for sure.

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