Posted: 5:21 pm Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Falcons’ North Senior Bowl roster features Michael Sam, Marcus Smith 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) puts pressure on Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) as Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle Kolton Houston (75) attempts to block during their game at Sanford Stadium Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga., October 12, 2013. Missouri defeated Georgia 41-26. Murray threw for 290 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and had a fumble returned for a touchdown in the loss. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) puts pressure on Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) as Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle Kolton Houston (75) attempts to block during their game at Sanford Stadium Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga., October 12, 2013. Missouri defeated Georgia 41-26. Murray threw for 290 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and had a fumble returned for a touchdown in the loss. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

Falcons head coach Mike Smith and his staff will lead the North Team in the Senior Bowl, with practice set to start Monday and the game set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

The North and South team rosters were released today. The rosters will be tweaked leading up to the game.

Baylor guard Cyril Richardson, Missouri defensive end/outside linebacker Michael Sam and Louisville defensive end Marcus Smith are the most celebrated players on the North Roster.

Last season, the Falcons scouted cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford at the Senior Bowl. Before the 2009 draft, they heavily scout safety William Moore at the Senior Bowl.

Richardson in a massive road-grader at 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds. There are questions about his athleticism. He’s the No. 1 rated guard in the draft by NFL.Com analyst Bucky Brooks.

The Falcons likely won’t have a shot at Richardson although they have a need for a right guard. The sixth spot is too high to take a guard and he won’t be around when the Falcons pick in the second round.

Sam was the SEC’s defensive player of the year. Sam led the SEC in sacks with 10 1/2 and tackles for loss with 18 during the regular season.

Sam is projected as a second-round pick by and as the 5th outside linebacker (3-4).

Marcus Smith is projected as a second/third-round pick by and is the 5th rated defensive end.

Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Miami’s Stephen Morris are the quarterbacks for the North.

NORTH TEAM as of Jan 15,2014

• 1 Josh Huff WR 5’11” 205 Oregon Pac-12

• 3 Logan Thomas QB 6’6″ 254 Virginia Tech ACC

• 4 Marqueston Huff DC 6’0″ 195 Wyoming MWC

• 6 Ahmad Dixon S 6’0″ 205 Baylor Big 12

• 9 Chris Boswell PK 6’2″ 200 Rice C-USA

• 10 Tajh Boyd QB 6’1″ 225 Clemson ACC

• 13 Kirby Van Der Kamp PT 6’4″ 211 Iowa State Big 12

• 14 Dez Southward S 6’2″ 210 Wisconsin Big Ten

• 15 Jimmie Ward S 5’11” 192 Northern Illinois MAC

• 16 Michael Campanaro WR 5’11” 190 Wake Forest ACC

• 16 Stanley Jean-Baptiste DC 6’3″ 220 Nebraska Big Ten

• 17 Stephen Morris QB 6’2″ 218 Miami ACC

• 20 Deone Bucannon S 6’1″ 198 Washington State Pac-12

• 20 James White RB 5’10” 195 Wisconsin Big Ten

• 22 Kain Colter WR 6’0″ 190 Northwestern Big Ten

• 23 Dontae Johnson S 6’2″ 195 North Carolina State ACC

• 31 Darqueze Dennard DC 5’11” 197 Michigan State Big Ten

• 33 Charles Sims RB 6’0″ 213 West Virginia Big 12

• 34 Carlos Hyde RB 6’0″ 242 Ohio State Big Ten

• 44 Chris Borland ILB 5’11” 246 Wisconsin Big Ten

• 45 Christian Kirksey OLB 6’2″ 235 Iowa Big Ten

• 46 Jonathan Brown OLB 6’1″ 235 Illinois Big Ten

• 55 Michael Sam OLB 6”2″ 255 Missouri SEC

• 56 Jordan Zumwalt ILB 6’4″ 235 UCLA Pac-12

• 58 Tyler Larsen OC 6’4″ 312 Utah State MWC

• 59 Shamar Stephen DT 6’5″ 313 Connecticut AAC

• 63 Tyler Ott LS 6’3″ 245 Harvard Ivy League

• 65 Brandon Linder OG 6’6″ 319 Miami ACC

• 66 Taylor Hart DE 6’6″ 292 Oregon Pac-12

• 68 Cyril Richardson OG 6’5″ 335 Baylor Big 12

• 70 Weston Richburg OC 6’4″ 300 Colorado State MWC

• 72 Zack Martin OT 6’4″ 308 Notre Dame IND

• 74 Jack Mewhort OT 6’7″ 308 Ohio State Big Ten

• 75 Brandon Thomas OT 6’3″ 305 Clemson ACC

• 76 Seantrel Henderson OT 6’8″ 345 Miami ACC

• 78 Michael Schofield OG 6’7″ 304 Michigan Big Ten

• 79 Kadeem Edwards OG 6’3″ 315 Tennessee St. FCS

• 80 Shaquelle Evans WR 6’1″ 204 UCLA Pac-12

• 82 Jeff Janis WR 6’3″ 205 Saginaw Valley St. Division II

• 84 Jared Abbrederis WR 6’2″ 190 Wisconsin Big Ten

• 85 Ryan Hewitt FB 6’4″ 245 Stanford Pac-12

• 86 Jacob Pedersen TE 6’5″ 240 Wisconsin Big Ten

• 87 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE 6’7″ 265 Iowa Big Ten

• 88 Robert Herron WR 5’10” 187 Wyoming MWC

• 90 Marcus Smith OLB 6’3″ 252 Louisville AAC

• 91 DaQuan Jones DT 6’3″ 318 Penn State Big Ten

• 93 Trent Murphy DE 6’6″ 261 Stanford Pac-12

• 95 Kareem Martin DE 6’6″ 265 North Carolina ACC

• 97 Aaron Donald DT 6’0″ 285 Pittsburgh ACC

• 98 James Gayle DE 6’4″ 255 Virginia Tech ACC

• 99 Ra’Shede Hageman DT 6’6″ 311 Minnesota Big Te


Authur, My are too successful to trust the FALCONS future to Dimitroff. The so called nice guys that Dimitroff are drafting are not hungry enough to be in the NFL. Draft Mack, Wakins, Attaochu, Crowell attitude players that will have an immediately impact to winning and selling tickets.

Dimitroff and the FALCONS scouts have no ideal what NFL talent is. New England did not teach Dimitroff how to evaluate NFL talent. Dimitroff you can't measure a man HEART!

If, Dimitroff draft another Perea Jerry, Sam Baker or Peter Kunz he should be given a ticket back to Boston. 


2014 HBCU Draft Board

Players (1-10) Pre-Combine

Name Ht/Wt Pos School
1.Isaiah Crowell 5’11/220 RB Ala St.
2.Kadeem Edwards 6’3/320 OL Tenn St
3.Joseph Thomas 6’0/230 LB SC State
4.Karim Barton 6’3/310 OL Morgan St.
5.Qua Cox 5’10/190 DB Jackson St.
6.LeRon Furr 6’2/232 LB FVSU
7.Lee Doss 6’3/200 WR Southern
8.Tyler McDonald 6’2/200 WR SC State
9.Robert Simpson 6’3/270 DL MSVS
10.Arnold Walker 5’10/225 RB Alcorn St.


6th pick too high to get a right guard? If the Falcons do not draft OLmen, then they need to get Ryan an AK 47 like Tanneyhill's to stop getting pummeled.


If they don't come from Jacksonville our team doesn't want them!


Hey guys, don't get your panties in a wad! Mark my words - Dimitroff is going to screw up this draft again and you will all be disappointed at the end just like the past years.

Remember the definition of insanity guys - doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result...


Why are so many of the draft "experts" pushing a pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker onto the Falcons when (A) The Falcons are stuck in a 4-3 and (B) The Falcons never blitz? Be it Barr, Mack, or Sam - doesn't matter because neither of the 3 fit into the Falcons' scheme.


In fact, let's draft Johnny Football and see if we can get somebody else to trade US 5 draft picks to get HIM. Oh yeah, I guess nobody else is that dumb other than us. Never mind...


I should add - pls keep selecting free agent rookies so we will have players like Worrilow etc. now free agent unwanted guys seem to be our best picks!


Please Falcons - trade away ALL your draft choices for proven NFL players! I don't want any more Perea Jerry's and Sam Bakers (and Kunz's for that matter). Leave the draft to teams that know how to draft people.

And most of all, no more trading 5 draft choices to move up 12 positions in the draft! Please stop the bleeding...


My Draft wish list:

1. Anthony Barr OLB

2. Jeromiah Attaochu OLB

3. Daniel McCullers NG/DT

4. Max Bullough ILB

Pass Rushers and Run stuffers


We should draft down and pick up Hageman and Richardson. 

DOrlandoLedbetter moderator

Falcons say they are 4-3, but play a lot of 3-4 when the use Peters, Jerry, Babineaux up front. Biermann/Bartu, Spoon, Worrilow, Osi (when standing up).


@ConfederateFlagBurner McCullers is a huge dude! If the Falcons picked him, I'm guessing he would be the biggest player in ATL history. He's around 350 pounds. The draft "experts" don't seem to think he is all that agile and not too good on pass defense. 

I agree with you on the first pick. I think they are going to take a linebacker that is really good in pass coverage. Barr, Mosley, or Mack appear to be the top three.



I Was thinking the same thing, but the Falcons really do need a "run stuffer"... think Vince Wilfork or Grady Jackson, the Falcon's most glaring issues are actually more of the interior portions of the O-lines and D-lines, they have no "push" whatsoever and this greatly can affect the linebackers (especially the MLB) and the other D-lineman.... I truly believe that a big, physical, run stuffer is the biggest issue with the defense and the biggest issue with the offense is a big, physical (Richie Incognito type Offensive Guard) in my opinion


@Mora-less-Petrino @GameOfSpades When it comes to winning titles, there must be some inherit risks involved. Atlanta must get as big as possible upfront, and drafting McCullers in the 3rd round is a great idea. Get Barr at 6, Sam in the second round, and McCullers in the third will do wonders for the front seven. The rest of the draft can then be dedicated to finding a replacement for Asante Samuel and at Center for the offensive line. 


@GameOfSpades @Mora-less-Petrino I would love to see a beastly NT come in here and help stuff the line. Looking at some of the pre-draft web sites, it looks like the Falcons should be able to get a highly touted defensive tackle in the second round or possibly 3rd.

If McCullers is on the board in the 4th, I might roll the dice on him there, but he may be too risky to pick at 1, 2, or 3.