Posted: 8:10 am Friday, May 9th, 2014

5 players on the Falcons second round watch list 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Brigham Young outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy has unique skills that have the Falcons interested in his services. (Cathleen Allison / Associated Press)

Brigham Young outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy has unique skills that have the Falcons interested in his services. (Cathleen Allison / Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The second round of the draft kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight and the Falcons have the 37th pick overall.

The Falcons also have the 68th pick of the third round. Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday.

Here are five players the Falcons are considering with their second round pick:

–Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy: His combine numbers: 4.92 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 22 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 31-inch vertical; 9-6 broad jump and 6.83 in the three-cone drill. He’s the third-rated defensive end in the draft and projected to be selected in the first or second round by NFLDraftScout.com. He was a first team all-SEC selection after starting all 14 games last season. He recorded 23.5 sacks and 52 tackles for loss over his career. Falcons first-round pick Jake Matthews said he was the toughest player he faced in college.

–Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence: We had him rated as the fifth best

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) runs p[ast Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith (22) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) runs p[ast Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith (22) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

defensive end/edge rusher in the draft. He started his career at Butler Community College in Kansas. The South Carolina native picked Boise State over Clemson, Tennessee, South Carolina and Oklahoma. “Has natural pass-rush ability — shows burst, bend and closing speed to hunt down quarterbacks,” wrote Nolan Nawrocki in his “2014 NFL Draft Preview.”

–Brigham Young linebacker Kyle Van Noy: His Pro Day numbers:  4.71 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 21 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 32 1/2-inch vertical; 9-4 broad jump, 4.2 seconds in the short shuttle run and 7.22 seconds in the three-cone drill. He’s the fourth-rated outside linebacker in the draft and projected to be selected in the first or second round by NFLDraftScout.com. He has 26 career sacks. He was named to four All-America teams: Walter Camp second team, Athlon Sports third team, CBSSports.com third team and SI.com honorable mention. He was also named to the FBS all-Independent first-team.

 

Defensive lineman Kony Ealy #47 of the Missouri Tigers reacts after a sack of quarterback Tyler Murphy #3 of the Florida Gators during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

–Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith: Smith, who played at Lowndes High, visited the Falcons. Smith, 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, helped the Seminoles win the national championship. He was the team’s leading tackler with 90. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at the combine. He chose Florida State over LSU and Georgia. He played on special teams as a freshman in 2010.

–Florida State linebacker Christian Jones: He’s a 6-3, 240 pounder. He’s the ninth rated linebacker in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com. He picked Florida State over Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. He followed in father’s footsteps as Willie Jones, Sr., starred for the Seminoles as a defensive end. He played strongside linebacker in 2011 and moved to weakside in 2012. Last season, he played middle linebacker and was sixth on the team with 49 tackles while starting 11 of 12 games heading into the BCS title game. Jones also had 7.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks to go along with six quarterback hits.

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

–A look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman

–A look at Boston College QB Chase Rettig

–A look at Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

–A look at Central Florida RB Storm Johnson

–A look at USC TE Xavier Grimble

–A look at Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort

–A look at Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde

–A look at Florida State C Bryan Stork

–A look at South Carolina QB Connor Shaw

–A look at Florida TE/WR Trey Burton

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

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

73 comments
JSSN
JSSN

Well, Ledbetter, take a bow, Hageman made you look good!

keendaddy
keendaddy

We need somebody to cover those fast TE's, like Jimmy Graham. Tevin Smith can do it. Then the next best Safety...

zuzu331
zuzu331

Speculation is just that but Matthew's assessment of Kony Ealy is solid. Matthews knows better than any of us or even the draft experts who make their living doing this stuff. Those are all just opinions of varied worth. Matthews actually faced off across from Ealy. That is an expert opinion that shouldnt be overlooked.

BigHittas
BigHittas

why do folks want to draft Attache from Tech? Don't we already have that guy on the roster in the name of Dent?

We need LB's that can drop into coverage effectively.

tyger
tyger

1.6  J. Matthews OT Texas A&M - smart, didn't mortgage farm...

2.37 S. Tuitt, DL, N.Dame/ R.Hageman, DL, Minnesota -  sacks, sacks, sacks, sacks.....

3.68 K. McGill, CB/S, Utah - 6'3, 210 - long versatile athletic

4.103 CJ Fiedorowitz, TE, Iowa - good hands, blocker, brings lunch pail

4.139 S. Henderson OT Miami - 6'8, 331 prototype - The M.Tice Project...

5.147 P. Brown ILB Louisville - LBs need upgrade

6.182 K. Edwards OG Tennessee St. - NFL Combine Top Performer

7. 220 J. Thomas ILB SC St. - heat seeking missile

7. 253 T. McDonald WR SC St - steal, good size, speed, hands combo

7. 255 T. Wolfe III CB FVSU - 6'1, 190, 4.5/40 - #2 DII Interceptions


http://www.hbcuclassics.com/hbcu_draft_board

JacketMan
JacketMan

Naturally, not Jeremiah Attaochu; is it because he played at GA Tech? What is it with the AJC beat writers with your bias against Jackets?

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

Dont drat N E 1 form Fla St they seem 2 have more then there fare share of thugs. 

slydawg
slydawg

I would like either another tackle, guard, or DT but there is more pressing needs at OLB, Safety, and RB. Needs at this point should be 2 DB's, 2 LB's, and 1RB. another DT,OT, or OG/C would be luxury picks, although very much needed.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

I say DT because we've struggled with inside pressure. Plus stopping the run comes from within. We really need to strengthen the middle of our defense. (DT's, ILB's). DE's, OLB's are needed yes but if we can't stop the run then you won't last. I'd rather put pressure on the QB from the inside where he can't step up in the pocket rather than a DE/OLB getting outside pressure where the QB can simply step into the pocket. If there's inside pressure, where is the QB going to go? Either on the ground or he will scramble and throw the ball away.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Get Timmy Jernigan. He's a 1st round talent and fell to the 2nd. There was talk of him even going in the top 15 at one point. And here he is. Put him at DT and include him in the rotation with Babs, Peters, etc. We don't really have any top notch DTs. Either Jernigan or Hageman

MikeS777
MikeS777

Go DE.  Pick someone that can come in and be put opposite Umenyiora.

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

#37 STEPHON TUITT DE OR JERMIAH ATTAOUCHU DE


#68 GABE JACKSON OG


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

traderjoe9
traderjoe9

Let' face it, we needed 7 picks in the 1st round...lol


Old_Man
Old_Man

These QBs are getting too athletic for the typical DE to chase down.  I still don't get why we are not going to a 3-4.  Van Noy seems good--he has the speed needed to create havoc from the edge.  How many times last year did we "almost" have a sack, and then the QB just cruised into open space, with tons of extra time to look downfield?

Samurai-Squirrel
Samurai-Squirrel

Local kid Stephon Tuitt would be a fantastic pick. He can play DT in a 4-3 or DE in a 3-4. With us playing a hybrid of the two defenses, it would be nice to have a guy who can play in either formation. Before the draft, there was talk about him going in the first round. May have to give up a 4th or 5th to move up a couple spots to get him, but it'd be worth it. 

I hate the idea of drafting a college defensive end and moving him to stand-up outside linebacker (Lawrence/Ealy). You know absolutely nothing about his potential to drop into coverage. 

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Falcons still have a lot of holes to plug, mostly on defense at this point. Priorities by round ought to be DE, LB, S, RB, DT, special teams

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

For anybody that paid attention Jake Matthews was the obvious choice here with Sam B resigned at left T.  A natural right tackle who can play any position on the line was just what Matt Ryan needs to get a bit more time to throw to our weapons.  I agree go get Eric Berry if you can but I love Ealy in the 2nd and maybe Justin Blalock with the 3rd if he's still there

CedricJohnson
CedricJohnson

My prayers are that we trade our 2nd round pick for Eric Berry that the only way to salvage something in this draft .... Matthew was the safiest move .... but when your defense is last in the league you cant play it safe .... I hate to say but we may be in for the same treat we got last year .....

Dman
Dman

I'm hoping we get Ealy. I'm worried about another team moving up and stealing him. It looks like the teams ahead of us will pick other positions so this should be our next pick. Don't know much about Noy other than he is a top prospect.

TheMonger
TheMonger

@electric1234 Expected to be a 5th or 6th round pick at best.  Had a terrible combine, running a 4.92 40 yard dash, and looking extremely stiff in his movements overall.  Seems to be one of those guys that got through college on heart, grit, and an extremely high motor.  Supposedly a high character guy.  Kinda got the shaft by the whole combine process (sorry couldn't resist), lol.

GGee
GGee

We need pass rushers. Dropping into coverage is for MLB mostly. Atleast for the Falcons IMO. Jerrys motor is really high, like Clay Matthews. He never gives up on a play. Those are the kind of guys we need.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Joe Tess,

I bet you got your tush whopped a lot growing up. Why don't you just ask Johnny Futbowl to marry you? You are obsessed with another guy. Personally, I doubt anyone cares if you fly a Rainbow flag or not, but you seem really desperate to impress your idol, Johnny Phutbawl. Also, why do you try so hard to misspell words? Didn't anyone ever tell you that if you keep making funny faces, that your face might stick like that? Same thing goes with intentionally mangling words. Please don't tell anyone you're from Georgia, lol. Other than the fact that you're an idiot, you're not such a bad guy. Do us all a favor and go ahead and propose to Johnny Flutbowl...

OriginalATLien
OriginalATLien

Nice thoughts on the picks tyger but there are problems with your selections. Where's the RB? Where's the Safety? There should also be some later round DL help too. Strongly agree with your round #3 thought abt a corner with size, we will desperately need that as WRs are getting bigger and stronger.

slydawg
slydawg

All of these players are rated higher than Attouchu. If it was a top 10 list, you might have an argument. Do you see any Georgia players? Not one.

slydawg
slydawg

Newsflash genius: The entire draft is full of thugs.

UGA76
UGA76

@DawgGoneIt I agree with you but we have a roster full of DTs under contract already.  That strategy went out the window with all the resigning of DTs. 

UGA76
UGA76

@decatur_g I agree with the 2nd round but a S will be a starter and needs to be taken in round 3.  The 4th round picks should be another OL and an OLB that can rush the passer.  Rounds 5-7 for TE, RB, etc.  

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

@Samurai-Squirrel Stephon Tuitt I also like a lot, also Jeremiah Attaouchu should be in consideration, other that that this defense will be horrible again, unless Matt Ryan can score 30points a game this team will be at 8 and 8 at best.


#68 GABE JACKSON OG don't pass on him if fall this far down this will complete your OL.


#6 J MATTHEWS, BLALOCK, ASAMOAH, #68 G JACKSON, BAKER


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

JLTee
JLTee

I don't care who we pick, as long as the end result is the QB is knocked to the ground and/or flushed out of the pocket and forcing throws leading to turnovers. We have nothing on defense. Compared to everyone else in the NFC South, we have no pass rush. We have no Pro Bowl caliber guys in our front seven in a division where we see Brees and Cam twice. Hope Matthews is 3/4's as good as his pops. If so, we have a winner.

JLTee
JLTee

Per many draft experts (Mark Dominik former GM for the Bucs & Mike Mayock), this draft is thin on pass rushers after the ones that went in the 1st rd. TD has ignored this pass rush for far to long.

keendaddy
keendaddy

StankBreath,

I guess we can't afford what Alabama and Auburn pay recruits, to play at Gor-gee!

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@keendaddy  QueenMama you have a lot of nerve.

You are no better than Joe Tess.

Damn, I hope I am just brutal to you humps as you are to Joe Tess.  

JacketMan
JacketMan

Absolutely INCORRECT. I subscribe to SEVERAL sites, and virtually every one has Attaochu rated higher than EVERY player mentioned above, on EVERY one of their lists. Perhaps you should do real resarch before you make comments like they were facts.

keendaddy
keendaddy

StankBreath,

you have zero room to talk, but that never stopped you before. Glad you like that idiot. You both have a lot in common, lol...

slydawg
slydawg

@JacketMan"I subscribe to SEVERAL sites"

What exactly do they know? Attouchu is  what you call a "draft riser" but he was always projected no higher than 3rd round by the actual NFL Scouting Mafia, not rumor chasers.


Then look how stupid you sound:

I subscribe to SEVERAL sites... But I need to research real facts. Go to NFL.com and or NFL Network and tell me how real their research is fanboy....


ColtonBurton
ColtonBurton

How exactly? Are you saying Georgia's players, Florida players, Miami players, USC players, LSU players are no where near as bad as FSU players yet all those teams have more arrest than FSU.