Posted: 8:58 am Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Godfather: Falcons to work out Lewan, Ealy 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Taylor Lewan, NFL Draft, NFL, Atlanta Falcons, offense, Michigan Wolverines, college football, football

ANN ARBOR, MI – AUGUST 31: Taylor Lewan #77 of the Michigan Wolverines lines up with Louis Palmer #56 of the Central Michigan Chippewas during the first quarter at Michigan Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Godfather has spoken.

The Falcons worked out Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, according to Gil “The Godfather” Brandt of

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.

Now, Lewan does have some baggage if you think misdemeanor assault charges are serious.  

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.) 

Walterfootball has one out there.

Atlanta Falcons:
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)


–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


–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


–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


The way Ryan got pressured last year, this team needs offensive linemen who assaults people.


I'm going to step out on a limb:

Falcons trade the 6th pick to the Rams for picks (13) and (44)

Why St. Louis? 

1. Rams have less to lose and more to gain by trading up. Also, St. 

Louis "could" trade the pick to someone else ad gain their 2nd round 

pick back.

2. Relationships: Les Snead,Billy Devaney, McKay, and Blank.

3. Albeit further strengthening a confernece foe, you also hurt the 3 

best teams in the conference: Seattle,San Fran, and Arizona.

Rd 1 (13) Taylor Lewan, LT (fall back: Clinton-Dix, Zach Martin)

Rd 2 (37) Morgan Moses, LT/RT (A. Richardson, OT, Jace Amaro, TE)

Rd 2 (44) Austin Sefarin-Jenkins, TE (Juwan James, OT, Christian Jones, 


Rd 3 (68) Terrence Brooks, S (Tre Mason, RB, Ed Reynolds, S, Jeremiah 

Atouchu, OLB)

Rd 4 (103) Travis Swanson, C (Jeremy Hill, RB, Jeremiah Atouchu, OLB)

Rd 4 (139) Seantrel Henderson, OT (Marcus Smith, DE/OLB) 

Rd 5 (147) Kenny Ladler, S (Adrian Hubbard, DE/OLB, Zach Mettenberger, 


Rd 6 (182) Jerick McKinnon, RB 

Rd 7 220 QB

Rd 7 253 CB

Rd 7 255 DB


Last time we got a solid OL from worked out pretty good


Sports Illustrated in their latest mock draft have the Falcons taking Anthony Barr OLB UCLA with the 6th pick.

Here are their top 10 picks in the April 1 Mock Draft.

1. Houston Texans - Johnny Manziel

2. St. Louis Rams - Jake Matthews

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Blake Bortles

4. Cleveland Browns - Greg Robinson

5. Oakland Raiders - Jadeveon Clowney

6. Atlanta Falcons - Anthony Barr

7. Tampa Bay Bucs - Sammy Watkins

8. Minnesota Vikings - Teddy Bridgewater

9. Buffalo Bills - Khalil Mack

10. Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert

Any thoughts?


I'm glad my list of players you posted is good enough to link to even though I'm only able to source "digital" people.  Introduce me to some on of your friends in NFL circles and I'd be happy to talk to some "real" people too!  Word on the street (twitter) is we brought in Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro yesterday.  


Falcons need to become bigger and tougher up front on the OL

Gabe Jackson and Jack Mewhort make the Falcons OL better immediately.





GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


How Does Matty feel about these acquisitions/workouts...?  gotta be feeling hopeful.


Really? Still nuttin abut Johnny Mansell? Why the ante Mansell byas?





GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jack Mewhort is better than Taylor Lewan.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Getting into a fight is Not a reason to pass on this kid. We need nasty, nasty Olinemen. He gets a kingdaddy thumbs up!


Fights after a Michigan vs Ohio State game never used to be a crime.  You don't get arrested in Ala for the same thing on  their rival weekend.  Must have some cops up there that are not football fans.


Looks like he was arrested for "breaking up" a fight after the Ohio State/Michigan game.................I would take a mean nasty that wants to fight! Co-sign on him also! #draftmeannasties

DOrlandoLedbetter moderator

Nice work! Didn't mean that as a shot. I need people to get it in the paper though!

DOrlandoLedbetter moderator

@keendaddy I concur. They OLine needed to get into more fights -- i.e. blocking fights -- last year.



They've always been a crime in Washtenaw County. One of my favorite days of the year when I was an undergrad was to go down to the 15th District Court and see the felony level cases that occurred on UM/Ohio State weekend appear in front of my old law professor's docket. The misdemeanors could be funny, but never as funny as the ones in 1985 when Meechigan avenged the 84 whipping. Meechigan fans can be nasty people! ;-)


@DOrlandoLedbetter  No offense taken my man.  It's all tongue in cheek.  Do you think I could get away with using "Citizen Journalist" on my resume until I weasel my way into legitimate sports journalism job?

BTW I update my prospect list daily so check in on it from time to time  if you'd like.  I'd love to see how many you can confirm with your sources.


@DOrlandoLedbetter @keendaddy  I'm surprised the rape threat incident isn't enough to keep us from considering Lewan.  Is this a sign Dimitroff and Co. are relaxing their stance on bringing in nothing but team captains and choir boys? 



Personally, I think we did it backwards, as far as the huge investment in Matt Ryan. I would have given him a Oline first. He really could have been injured seriously last year with the porous protection he endured. After last year, I'm not sure that I trust our front office to do the right thing in this Draft. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed for at least 2 BAD ATTITUDE OL, in the upcoming Draft. Thanks for your input Sir....


@slydawg @MrKumbi @JSSN @DOrlandoLedbetter  Thanks! I'm going to keep on faking it and see how far it gets me!  I frequent Walterfootball and enjoy the site.  I know how hard it is to keep up with one teams visits so I don't envy the task of trying to collect info for all 32.  Seeing names come up on twitter that didn't make it up on Walterfootball is part of the reason I decided to make this list. 


@MrKumbi @JSSN @DOrlandoLedbetter  Good Info bro. Dern shame you had to fake it just to make it just to get in the "real" article. You're more authentic than the slowly update "Walter Football" guy.


@JSSN @MrKumbi @DOrlandoLedbetter  Thanks!  I have fun digging around for news on prospect visits and I thought it was neat to see my post end up here.  Now I just have to figure out how to rub elbows with some of these NFL sources and trade my digital name for blog and a bowtie!