Posted: 6:00 am Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Falcons entourage set to leave for NFL combine 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Future Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Future Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith will head up the team’s entourage that’s headed to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, which starts on Wednesday and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 25.

More than 300 players are set to participate in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 19-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium. There’s a group of 24 players with Georgia connections who were invited to the combine. 

The players well start to arrive on Wednesday for medical exams, psychological testing and interviews with teams.

They will start working out on Saturday.

The Saturday group – Placekickers, special teamers, offensive linemen and tight ends.

The Sunday group – Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs.

The Monday group – Defensive linemen and linebackers.

The Tuesday group – Defensive backs.

Here’s a quick primer of the events, which will be televised on the NFL Network.

40-yard Dash

The is the headliner drill especially for the running backs and wide receivers. If they run a slow time here, they could hurt their draft status. A lot of folks will want to see how fast South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney runs the 40-yard dash on Monday, Feb. 24. Also, Missouri defensive end/linebacker Michael Sam will be a headliner on that day. Also, each player is timed in 10, 20 and 40 yard intervals.

Click here to see Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones during his dynamic workout in 2010.

Click here to see Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant run an unofficial 4.31 last season.

Desmond Trufant working out at the combine in 2013, (David Martin/Associated Press)

Desmond Trufant working out at the combine in 2013, (David Martin/Associated Press)

Bench Press

This is the premier event for the big boys. They bench press 225 pounds as many times as possible. There’s the bar and four 45-pound plates. Different teams place varying degrees of importance on the Bench Press. The Falcons didn’t seem to mind too much that Peter Konz only lifted 225 pounds 18 times back in 2011, while others thought it showed a lack of strength for an interior lineman and may have been a factor in him slipping into the second round.

Broad Jump

Remember the old Presidential Fitness test back in grade school? The pull ups knocked most folks out of getting their patch, but everybody could do the broad jump. The broad jump test the players’ lower-body strength, explosion and balance. Players have to land without moving.

Vertical jump

The players stands flat-footed and leaps as high as he can. The vertical jump shows leg strength and explosiveness. Falcons cornerback Robert Alford has a strong workout at the combine last season which included a 40-inch vertical jump.

Future Falcons cornerback Robert Alford here running a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (Associated Press)

Future Falcons cornerback Robert Alford here running a a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (Associated Press)

3-cone drill

The drill shows the player’s ability to change direction quickly. The cones are placed in a L-shape. The player goes 5 yards to the first cone and back, turns and runs around the second cone, then around the third cone, changes directions and runs back around the second cone and finishes. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan did the 3-cone drill in 7.40 seconds in 2008.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, left, of Boston College, talks with receiver Davone Bess, of Hawaii, at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Quarterback Matt Ryan, left, of Boston College, talks with receiver Davone Bess, of Hawaii, at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Shuttle run

The is more like the old basketball ‘ladders’ drill and test lateral quickness in short spaces. The player starts in a three-point stance and runs five yards and touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, where his left touches the line, he turns and runs five more yards to the finish. Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon covered the 20-yard shuttle in 4.38 seconds in 2010.

Click here to see NFL Network’s Mike Mayock breakdown of the combine drills.

4 comments
RX
RX

Even taking the "Best D or O Lineman Available" would be 10x better for this team than Dimitroff's deluded plan of making O & D Linemen from chicken wire, duct tape and late round draft picks.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Is Pioli attending?

For the love of God, D. Orlando tell me Pioli will be there!!!!

We've got to have someone up there with actual knowledge on how to evaluate prospects.

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

All I care abut is that they make a move N drat Johnny Fottball

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

GO bring back some big mean beefy O/D linemen.