Posted: 10:21 am Thursday, January 16th, 2014

A look at the Falcons’ Senior Bowl O-line prospects 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons coach Mike Smith will lead the North Team in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. (D.Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons coach Mike Smith will lead the North Team in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. (D.Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

New Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice has an interesting group to work with at the Senior Bowl.

The Falcons coaching staff will coach the North team and the Jacksonville Jaguars staff will coach the South team in the Senior Bowl at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Players report on Saturday and practice starts Monday after the official weigh-in and measurement session.

The Falcons are set to heavily scout the linemen and could find some help at the Senior Bowl.

The rosters were released on Wednesday and will be tweaked as the game approaches. Here are the offensive linemen that have been assigned to the North squad:

65 Brandon Linder OG 6’6″ 319 Miami ACC — Played some right guard and right tackle for the Hurricanes and anchored a line that helped the offense average 446.8 total yards per game. No. 7 rated guard, projected fourth-round pick by NFLDraftScout.Com.

68 Cyril Richardson OG 6’5″ 335 Baylor Big 12 — 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. No. 1 ranked guard, projected first/second pick by NFLDraftScout.Com.

70 Weston Richburg OC 6’4″ 300 Colorado State MWC — He has 42 knockdown blocks. (We saw too many off the Falcons linemen get knocked down last season.) No. 2 rated center, projected second/third rounder by NFLDraftScout.com.

72 Zack Martin OT 6’4″ 308 Notre Dame IND — 50 career starts. Named team’s top offensive lineman for four straight years. No. 4 rated tackle, projected first round pick by NFLDraftScout.com.

74 Jack Mewhort OT 6’7″ 308 Ohio State Big Ten — Played both guard spots and some left tackle for the Buckeyes. He was a team captain. The Falcons like team captains! No. 7 rated tackle, projected second-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com.

75 Brandon Thomas OT/OG 6’3″ 305 Clemson ACC — Started the last 37 games of his career and had 95 knockdowns. Played more than 2,700 snaps. No. 8 rated guard, projected fourth/fifth round pick by NFLDraftScout.com.

76 Seantrel Henderson OT 6’8″ 345 Miami ACC — He was considered one of the top prospects in the nation coming out of high school, but had a spotty career for the Hurricanes. He was suspended three times. No. 13 rated tackle, projected third/fourth round pick by NFLDraftScout.com.

78 Michael Schofield OG 6’7″ 304 Michigan Big Ten — Played right tackle for the Wolverines. No. 15 rated tackle, projected fourth/fifth round pick by NFLDraftScout.com.

79 Kadeem Edwards OG 6’3″ 315 Tennessee St. FCS — A three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference pick. He played left guard. No. 9 rated guard, projected fifth/sixth round pick by NFLDraftScout.com.

11 comments
ryesouvie
ryesouvie

Hey STBF, How about your prediction with the Saints going to the Super Bowl? LSU beating UGA? Saints going 13-3. Your a joke! The Falcons will be back in 2014 with a lot of salary cap room. Let's see how much cap room the Cheats will have???? I loved seeing the Seahawks beat the Saints, just like I predicted. Rob Ryans defense got exposed! Now, the Saints are sitting at home and SP is probably eating vicodin. Maybe next year Sean!!!...lol. Go Falcons!

RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

This will be the worst coached North team of all time.  Look for the North team to lose this game and lose big with Smitty coaching.

Primetime_boss
Primetime_boss

Me Ledbetter you have to give up yes our o line was garbage this year however we don't need to take an o lineman with our first pick. There are established free agent lineman that will pick up the system very quickly and know what to do and how to handle. We need a hungry defensive player that wants to show everyone that he's a beast and get paid later on and wants a dominating career. Three names come to mind Khalil Mack, Anthony Barr, and the man child jadaveon clowney.

UGA76
UGA76

Dimitroff doesn't know that a NFL team needs lineman based on the way he ignored the lines during his tenure.  I think he was in charge of the football pool and fantasy football teams while in New England.  

Maybe Smith can have some input in the draft or we are doomed to repeat history.   

gfw
gfw

Of course you never know where talent will emerge, but in general a guy who is the 7th or 8th rated tackle in a draft is not going to take a well-below-average OL like ours and raise it to a competitive level within our division (much less within the NFL).  If the Patriots or Seahawks were doing the evaluating, you'd have some reason to hope for an unrecognized talent being discovered.  With Dimitroff and Smith, not so much.

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

The North is gonna get out-coached.

JSSN
JSSN

How close are you going to get to the coaching sessions? When are the Falcons going to finally let Tice and Cox off the leash and let them handle some questions?

JSSN
JSSN

 At least Kadeem Edwards had a great trainer at Tennessee State, Monroe Abram must have given him some sound techniques and rehab before he moved on!

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

@skullfrogger @SeenThatB4 Nawh, I mean more like the falcan'ts,  all season long.

TimA13
TimA13

@SeenThatB4 I would rather us lose all year then go out like you clowns.