Posted: 5:48 pm Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Bios: Falcons fifth-round picks Ricardo Allen, Marquis Spruill 

By Michael Cunningham

Name: Ricardo Allen

Purdue’s Ricardo Allen (21) celebrates with Will Lucas (45), Ishmael Aristide (22), and Logan Link after blocking a last-second field goal. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Purdue’s Ricardo Allen (21) celebrates with Will Lucas (45), Ishmael Aristide (22), and Logan Link after blocking a last-second field goal.
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Position: Cornerback

College: Purdue

Age: 22

Twitter handle: @Ricardo21Allen

Height: 5-9

Weight: 187

Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.

High school: Mainland

Highlights: Career totals of 50 games (48 starts), 250 tackles (200 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss, 13 interceptions, and 22 passes defended. . . . Career interceptions are second-most in school history. . . . Had eight interceptions in 2013, when he was voted second-team All-Big Ten by coaches. . . . Set a school record with four career interception returns for touchdowns. . . . Started all 12 games at left cornerback as a freshman and recorded team-high three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns (94 yards vs. Michigan and 35 yards vs. Michigan State). . . . Also played soccer and ran track in high school.

Name: Marquis Spruill

Syracuse's Marquis Spruill, (11), tackles Northwestern University's Stephen Buckley, (8) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013  in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Syracuse’s Marquis Spruill, (11), tackles Northwestern University’s Stephen Buckley, (8) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Position: Linebacker

College: Syracuse

Age: 22

Twitter handle: @ Sprui11z

Height: 6-1

Weight: 231

Hometown: Hillside, N.J.

High school: Hillside

Highlights: Career totals of 51 games (49 starts), 243 tackles (160 solo), 41 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks . . . . Tackles for loss rank second in school history. . . . Honrable mention All-ACC in 2013. . . . Played at strong-side linebacker in Syracuse’s 4-3 defense during his first two seasons before moving to middle linebacker. . . . Decided to play at Fork Union Military Academy after drawing no scholarship offers from major colleges out of high school.

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–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–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 Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

–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 Louisville S Calvin Prior

–A look at Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier

–A look at Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde

–A look at UCLA LB Anthony Barr

–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

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–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

 

 

9 comments
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Bierman is a great player. Look what happened when he got hurt and went out, last year the defense fell apart. Before he went out every national announcer was calling him amazing, how he was all over the field and was the play maker in every play. It is a contract year for him, and with 6 children including new twins, who he lives with all and married their mother. Even adopted the two who weren't his biological children he has a lot to prove this year and will. He is all about being a stand up guy and a good provider to his family, so he will come back from his injury and have a breakout year. He is not out and about clubbing and whoring like many of the other players.

anothercomment
anothercomment

Go Purdue boiler makers. Boilermakers do well in the NFL since they are smart players.

ReggieTheMailman
ReggieTheMailman

I think Jonathan Massaquoi will start at the defensive end position with Hageman battling with Osi and Goodman for the other spot. Joplo Bartu is the starting linebacker over Worrilow, Beirman, and maybe even Spoon if he not healthy.

WolfWithanE
WolfWithanE

DE - Hageman

DT- Soliai 

DT - Babineaux

DE - Umenyiora

OLB - Beirman

ILB - Worrilow

OLB - Weatherspoon

CB - Trufaunt

CB - Alfrod

SS - Moore

FS - Southward


zuzu331
zuzu331

@WolfWithanE  Barring a possible free agent or two,that looks pretty good,very stout against the run. People can rip Weatherspoon and Biermann all they want but they looked pretty DAMN good in 2012. And the fact remains that Southward will HIT somebody.

twentysixpointtwo
twentysixpointtwo

I use to like defensive players that would HIT people. This sissy league now penalizes, fines and suspends players that hit people.

zuzu331
zuzu331

@twentysixpointtwo  True,unless youre the Forty Whiners last year,who out bullied and out hit the far too passive Falcons all game long. Well,paybacks are a Bitc*.