Posted: 12:59 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Falcons contacted Clowney to set up private workout 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Jadeveon Clowney at the podium talking to the media on Saturday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Jadeveon Clowney at the podium talking to the media on Saturday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, after his Pro Day work out on Wednesday, said the Atlanta Falcons contacted him to setup a private workout.

The Falcons hold the sixth pick in the NFL draft, which is set for May 8-10.

Clowney is considered the top player available in the draft and likely will not be available when the Falcons pick. The team would have to move up to select the All-America pass rusher.

The Falcons were well represented at South Carolina’s Pro Day by defensive line coach Bryan Cox, outside linebackers coach Mark Collins and Southeast scout Anthony Robinson.

Clowney has said that he’d like to play for the Atlanta Falcons, who hold the No. 6 pick in the draft.

Clowney, is a 6-foot-6, 266-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., who was named a first-team All-American in his final two seasons at South Carolina.

Clowney had 13 sacks as a sophomore and three sacks as a junior, when he appeared to take some plays off.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper projects Clowney will be picked No. 1 overall by Houston or No. 3 overall by Jacksonville.

Clowney ran the 40-yard dash in a 4.53 seconds at the combine, the fastest by a defensive lineman at this year’s NFL combine. He broad jumped 124 inches, the best among defensive linemen, and had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches, the second-best among defensive linemen.

Michael Cunningham, who attended the Pro Day, will have a story up later on MyAJC.com.

Here are the Falcons draft picks:

Round 1 – No. 6 overall

  • Round 2 – No. 37 overall
  • Round 3 – No. 68 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 103 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 139 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 5 – No. 147 overall
  • Round 6 – No. 182 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 220 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 253 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 7 – No. 255 overall (compensatory)

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

52 comments
58Supersports
58Supersports

Hell  no to trading  up....we'll do great with 6, 37 & 68... Don't put all your $$$ on one Clowney.

96JB
96JB

Not worried about his physical talents. Off the chart. Heart, desire and attitude are my worries.

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

I'd love to see Clowney in a Falcons uniform but I don't want to give up too much to get him.  Maybe if the Texans pass on him, the Rams will give us a sweetheart deal.

FalconJames
FalconJames

Clowney will not work. He too lazy. Wait til he get paid and see how his play fall off the cliff. He will be a bum and the all time epic bust for Dimitroff.  Let somebody else put up with his antics. 

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

Trade up TD, give up two #1s for Clowney!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

With the QB's we face in this division every year (Brees and Newton twice a year) we need a guy like Clowney! If we don't get him we have no pass rush! We need a player on defense that the other team FEARS and must account for!!! For a change!!! The O-line is a need, yes but when you make Geno Smith look All-Pro in his rookie debut then you've got problems! TIME FOR A CHANGE ON D

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Screw this...send multiple picks to get this guy!!! You will not find a player Clowney's caliber anywhere! Trade up Falcons! You will have a HOFamer on your defense for once! Best defensive player since Lawrence Taylor! If we don't get this guy and he becomes an All-Pro, we'll regret it. I don't care how many picks we gotta give up, GET CLOWNEY!

Tougher
Tougher

Just please dont waste a pick on Aaron Muarry…..take Connor Shaw or AJ mCCARRON in a middle round.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

I agree with the old Wildcat Mark Bradley.


Jadeveon Clowney wants to be a Falcon. I'd like that, too. Move Up, Rise Up and get to the Super Bowl. 

wregl
wregl

I'm beginning to think Arthur is the problem with the Falcons. He just can't resist the bling. Wooed by the sexy picks and ignores those boring old jobs that win games in the end.

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

Folks we have 1 shot at 2 players "SKILLED POSITION PLAYERS" --- now what do you want to give for the 1st player????



Go Falcons

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

Did Romeo monopolize the time in drilling Clowney?


NO only your time! 

twentysixpointtwo
twentysixpointtwo

In my opinion Clowney will be a good player though I doubt his production will equal his physical gifts. I hope silly Dimitroff doesn't trade up for anyone. I saw the Falcons enough last year to know the offensive line was terrible. I think the Falcons should stay put at #6 and draft one of the three highly rated OT's....Matthews, Lewan, or Robinson. We all know OT Baker will start missing games soon after the season starts. A solid defensive edge player should still be available with our high second round pick.

KennethGrim
KennethGrim

He will only get bigger, and he is incredibly athletic.  We have so many receivers that we could easily give a couple and a draft pick, I wouldn't want to part with Roddy or Julio, however.  Even if we do, Moore can fill the gap.


KennethGrim
KennethGrim

Looks like another Warren Sapp to me, and I would take that.


KennethGrim
KennethGrim

Maybe all of these signings Dimitroff is doing make sense, if you consider trade bait  I hope they are not considering dangling Roddy White.  We could basically offer a complete receiving corps to another team in exchange for this guy.

Rick_James
Rick_James

Just ask Aaron Murray if he thinks the Falcons could use Clowney..Scheduling a private workout is encouraging but I just dont see him in a Falcon uniform next season unless he just blows coaching staff away.I hope I'm wrong.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Man this kid looks like he is going to be a nightmare!

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

Is there anyone who we can package with our 2015 1st round pick to get another 2014 1st round pick?  


I want to take Clowney and Mack/Barr.

JSSN
JSSN

@ Michael Cunningham (via Ledbetter)

Did Romeo monopolize the time in drilling Clowney?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@SeenThatB4  Or like when the Saints gave away an entire draft for Ricky williams? Or did you just become a fan when Brees came along?

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

What is a SKILLED POSITION player? Is that a skill player or a lineman/defensive player?

JSSN
JSSN

@TrueFalconFan  

Ha ha, yeah right "skilled position players." Stick to your own posts!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@twentysixpointtwo  

Co-sign.

Can't believe this team would even consider giving up draft choices for anything other than help along either or both interior lines. Have they already forgotten what happened after they failed to address the same issues last season, resulting in one of the franchises biggest-ever collapses in a long and painful history of collapses?

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

@DawgnIT  

That would be awesome, but probably unlikely.


Float Roddy out there and see if any takers though...

CardiganBoy
CardiganBoy

@Esquire @SeenThatB4  Best video I've seen in years.  Thanks for posting it.


Watched it for 3:54:54.  I began to detect a pattern.  My wife threatened to divorce me if I didn't cut it off.


Maybe best listened to as background music while you read the phonebook.


I can't believe Lawrence Welk fired this guy.


You'll be humming this song in your head for weeks - months maybe.


Heard one guy had to undergo electroshock treatement to purge the tuneit from his frontal lobe.


Ten hours.  I bet he was wearing a Depends.


Russian pop culture is the bomb.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

@DawgNole

Yep. Folks have a very short memory. Wave something shiney in front of them and all is forgotten. Linemen..Linemen..Linemen.

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331 @JSSN  "You have yet to 'win' a single debate with ANYONE on here!"

I'll stop laughing some time after:

  • The Falcons beat the Arizona Cardinals (2008)
  • The Falcons make the playoffs in 2009
  • The Falcons use their home field advantage to beat Green Bay Packers in 2010
  • The Flacons win a road playoff game in the Meadowlands (2011)
  • Mike Nolan out-schemes John Harbaugh and Greg Roman (2012)
  • Jeff Fish will have the Falcons in superior condition (2010, 2011, and 2012)
  • The Falcons only need a new running back to have an effective running game (2013)
  • Julio Jone is going to stay healthy (2011, 2012, and 2013) 

etc..etc..etc.. Go and play with your toys, nothing is better than your silliness "Precious!"

Like P-h-i-l used to say:

"You hate him so much because he's been right too much!"

Thanks for the laughs

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

There you go again Precious! Enjoy, presume, assume, and froth. "Tired" yet?

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

No, it is sad that you presume that you "think" that you can keep on with this charade of a line of comments that you drop on here. 

I've said it before, act like you're grown-up! If for no other reason than to end this mundane procession of daily babble; you never see the "absurd" nature of your own posts. That is what the word truly means. 

I'm going to end this for you. "Skilled position players," look at the wording genius. Poor True Falcons Fan, every player on the field occupies a "position!" That sociopath could not even get out of his warped mind that the Falcons need "highly talented linemen!" The top of this draft is supposedly loaded, here the time to prove it (front seven and offensive line). He was not talking about "skill p-o-s-i-t-i-o-n players." Being the "gravy-train" commentator that you have become, you amplify the stupidity. I thank you so much!

Go and continue that imaginary fight that you're having with yourself (via this blog). "Who talks like that(?)" You obviously chosen to deny the line of posts that True Falcons Fan has posted since 2011. I'm not even going to waste more than this sentence on that "fool!" And he is epitome of what a "fool" truly means. Any man who talks about people parents and ancestors as they make their way to end of life is sure a perfect person for you align yourself with (James Cammer is just like him). 

So, Mr. Pretend Grown-up, keep on posting, I just call you "Precious" and move on. The End (oops 4-12 FIN)! 

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN @zuzu331What completely bizarre things you say to random people on a sports blog. It must be sad to have to be you.

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

You sure know a lot of ill-trained jovens y ninos. Can't you cope? Nite nite Precious!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

Oh, I'm going out to dinner now. So, grab your nite lite and work yourself up into a froth and spew some more nonsense! I'll come back afterwards to hear what other garbage that's on your limited mind! Enjoy!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

You go Precious, that Baby talk is just your speed. Google is a place, not a verb! Yahoooooooooooooo! Ha ha ;-) "Troll," how's that self-esmasculation working for you? ;-)

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

Oh you mean girls stop torturing him so!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

Only when you show some logic. The joy of growing "older" is that you gain a bevy of experiences if you're truly fortunate! Notice, I said "older," not "old!" There is difference...like "skilled" is not exactly "skill." Oh, but I forgot who this is directed towards!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

And they crack on Ledbetter's law school credentials! I was just about to compliment you on finally using quotation marks correctly; then you had to post a "falsehood" in one of your examples of being belittling! 

"Blackberry?" Oh, you're that guy! Precious, Carry on! 

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

You're doing too good of a job of discrediting yourself! No work needed on my part, Carry on!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

Is your user name "Nate-the-Great?" Is your user name "Dasdguy?" Is your user name "TrueFalconsFan" (as warped as that sociopath is)? Seriously, if you're to try to make a career of "gravy-train" blogging, at least know the relationships your intruding upon! 

Oh since your world includes citing from "Wikipedia," let me help you some:


JSSN
JSSN

@DASDGUY

Seriously, he was being sarcastic at the resident gruel eater!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

Look at who is having "another" hissy fit! :-)

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