Posted: 8:58 am Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
The Godfather has spoken.
The Falcons worked out Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, according to Gil “The Godfather” Brandt of NFL.com.
That completes the trifecta.
The Falcons have been previously linked to the other top tackles in the draft. They interviewed Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews at the combine.
Lewan is generally considered the third-rated tackle in the group, but wouldn’t be much of a reach at No. 6 if Robinson and Matthews are off the board.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has Lewan going to the Bills, who have the 9th pick.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has Lewan going to the New York Giants at No. 12.
Also, Brandt tweeted that the Falcons are set to work out Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy, who could be a second-round target if he slips.
Kiper doesn’t have him going in the first round. McShay has Ealy being drafted 31st overall.
In their latest Mock drafts, Kiper has the Falcons selecting Matthews and McShay has them selecting Robinson.
The Falcons try to be top secret about who they are looking at. Owner Arthur Blank wouldn’t announce where general manager Thomas Dimitroff was at the team’s viewing to watch the movie the Draft. Apparently, he was either in Michigan or on his way to Missouri.
In the digital era, it’s pretty hard to keep all of that stuff secret. We may actually have some real transparency.
There are a couple of internet lists out there of players who’ve had contact with the Falcons. (Bold are ones we’ve verified with you know, real people. Not digital ones.)
Anthony Barr, LB, Falcons (PRI)
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa (PRI)
Cameron Fleming, OL, Stanford (VINT)
Justin Jackson, LB, Wake Forest (PRO)
Zach Kerr, DL, Delaware (PRO)
Charles Leno, OL, Boise State (PRO)
Antwan Lowery, OL, Rutgers (EW)
Jake Matthews, OL, Texas A&M (COM)
Chase Rettig, QB, Boston College (PRO)
Greg Robinson, OL, Auburn (PRI) (COM)
Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia (SR)
Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville (PRO)
De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (PRI)
There’s another Citizen Journalism list out there too:.
QB – Clint Chelf – OSU (Source)
QB – Chase Rettig – Boston College (Source) 3/28
RB – Branden Oliver – Buffalo (Source)
RB – De’Anthony Thomas – Oregon (Source) 3/19
WR – Cody Hoffman – BYU (Source)
TE – C.J. Fiedorowicz – Iowa (Source)
OT – Charles Leno Jr. – Boise St 3/18 (Source) Pro Day
OT – Greg Robinson – Auburn (Source)
OT – Taylor Lewan – Michigan (Source) 3/31
DT – Zack Kerr – Delaware 3/19 (Source) Pro Day
DT – Ra’Shede Hageman – Minnesota (Source)
DE – Theo Agnew – Georgia State (Source) This is from the Agnew’s twiter account.
DE/OLB – Kony Ealy – Missouri 4/2 (Source)
OLB – Marcus Smith – Lousiville 3/19 (Source) Pro Day
OLB – Kyle Van Noy- BYU (Source)
OLB – Justin Jackson – Wake Forest (Source) Pro Day
OLB – Carl Bradford – Arizona State 3/20 (Source)
OLB – Anthony Barr – UCLA – (Source)
OLB – Jackson Jeffcoat – Texas (Source)
ILB – Preston Brown – Louisville 3/19 (Source)
ILB – Christian Jones – FSU 3/20 (Source)
S – Alden Darby – Arizona St. 4/1 (Source)
S – Ed Reynolds – Stanford – (Source)
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)
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