Posted: 6:00 am Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Players with Georgia ties at the Senior Bowl 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Senior Bowl folks will announce the North and South rosters soon.

The Falcons will coach the North team. Here’s a list of the invitees.

Here’s a look at seven local players who will play in the game, the premier showcase All-Star game before the NFL draft.

Jeremiah Attaochu, LB, Georgia Tech: He was third-team Associated Press All-American. Attaochu finished the regular season with 12 sacks. His experience as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 and one season as a defensive end in the 4-3 makes him an intriguing prospect for NFL scouts.

Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia: He was plagued by untimely dropped passes last season. He will have to impress scouts in order to improve his draft situation. He was a first-team All-SEC selection.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern (Sprayberry): He will try to make the conversion to running back at the Senior Bowl and impress NFL scouts after a stellar career in Statesboro. He finished with 3,899 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns at Georgia Southern. He had six games of at least 100 rushing yards in 2013.

LaVelle Westbrooks, CB, Georgia Southern (Riverdale): Four-year starter for the Eagles, who played cornerback and safety. He’s a big hitter and had 20 career pass breakups, seven interceptions and 147 total tackles.

Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State (Twiggs County): Helped the Spartans win the Big Ten championship game and the Rose Bowl. He was the Jim Thorpe Award winner, which recognizes the nation’s top defensive back.

Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee (North Gwinnett): He started all 49 games of his career at right tackle (school record) and helped Vols to most rushing yards in nine seasons (2,261).

Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State (Lowndes): Helped the Seminoles win the national championship. He was the team’s leading tackler.

14 comments
Glengarryross
Glengarryross

Look out for Jerick Mckinnon amazing athlete, sleeper of this draft.


Tougher
Tougher

D……we have alot of holes to fill. But most importantly we have got to protect our most valuable asset Matt Ryan. We can go out on the free agency market (check out the availably) and sign two to three high quality O line man to work with what we have….arthur will open the check book. Then we can take this kid Anthony Bar from UCLA……he is the freakish pass rusher we have been looking far that can change a game ala Clay Matthews….THAT WE PASSED ON!!


Then we can draft  a couple of O line man……the draft is deep with good potential great O line man. We also need a weapon like Ted Mc Ginn….heck we need a couple of young "energized" running backs too.


Being  a lifetime Gamecock I am really sacrificing my heart by hoping the Falcons pass on Clowney…..gaad I would love to him in a falcons uniform but we need so much more to turn this thing around…quickly.

Jetiredo
Jetiredo

Sup DLed long time no see. Good Article I hope the Falcons don't fall for the Clowney bait and make an RG3 type trade to move up to the top 2 spots. Hopefully Clowney, Greg Robinson or Jake Mathews or Louis Nix will be available. But we really need to protect Ryan 1st and foremost as you know he was hit the most of any QB last year and IMO considering the circumstances had a tremendous season but the Falcons need 3 maybe 4 starting O-Linemen in FA and the Draft because Lamar Holmes is by far the most inept lineman I've ever seen and Konz would probably lose an arm wrestling  contest to the punter (The dude is weak....just sayin). I personally feel we probably should trade back so we can have some much needed depth on both lines and 1 final thing can we please get a DT that is bigger than 295 we have been pushed back in the run game since we got rid of Grady Jackson..........

Aright DLed peace

syrupmaker
syrupmaker

Telvin Smith is the type of guy the Falcons need to draft.  Comes from a winning program, in-state guy, and is a sure tackler that will also knock your block off.  At 6'3 218 he can play either WLB ( add weight) or Safety.  In short, HE IS A FOOTBALL PLAYER!!!

MikeisBack
MikeisBack

Dled, give me two guys like,  Ja’Wuan James and Jerick McKinnon in them later rounds...and TD might be able to find some play makers, instead of just some fillers that can help build some dept. 


James could help build some dept on the OL.


I saw a couple of games of McKinnon...he may be able to help out with Special Teams.  I would give him a shot a Kick Offs and Punt Return...we need a impact guy at that position. 



ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

I hope the Falcons get Jerimiah in the second round.

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

DOrlandoLedbetter
DOrlandoLedbetter moderator

Hi there! Hope all is well with you! Like your assessment. I think they'll get another shot, but will be on a short leash. Big Grady was the man!

Glengarryross
Glengarryross

@MikeisBack I been watching this kid Jerick Mckinnon since last season and I feel he could be way more than just a special teams player.  This could could be the sleeper of the entire draft.  225 34 times 4.4 40 yrd dash. Amazing athlete.

DOrlandoLedbetter
DOrlandoLedbetter moderator

Good point. I thought they should have signed Ted Ginn as the returner last year.

JSSN
JSSN

@ConfederateFlagBurner 

How in the heck did Max Bullough get 20 lbs heavier since the "official" weigh-in before season at Michigan State?

GoGeorgiaTech
GoGeorgiaTech

@ConfederateFlagBurner Which one of those four can play OL? Really hope we land Attouchu, but not taking an OL in our first 2-3 picks would mean this draft is an utter failure.