Posted: 12:17 pm Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Undrafted rookie list: Falcons sign Vols’ Stone 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Tennessee offensive lineman James Stone (64) has signed with the Falcons. (Photo by Associated Press)

Tennessee offensive lineman James Stone (64) has signed with the Falcons. (Photo by Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Tennessee center/guard James Stone has agreed to an undrafted rookie free agent deal with the Falcons, according to his agents.

The Falcons have reached agreements with several players, but will not release the official list until Monday after all of the contracts are signed.

Here are some of the players the team has reached agreements with:

Geraldo Boldewijn, WR, Boise State, 6-4, 220:  Started each of Boise State’s 13 games during his final collegiate season…was the Broncos’ third-leading receiver…caught 39 passes for 528 yards on the season, both career highs.

Brenden Daley, LB, Hawaii, 6-3, 250: Named honorable mention All-Mountain West…appeared in all 12 games, making nine starts at middle linebacker…led the team with 90 total tackles, including 13.0 for loss.

Nosa Eguae, DL, Auburn, 6-3, 282: “Atlanta reached out to me in the seventh round and told me and they were interested and they reached a deal with my agent and I feel that’s a good fit for me,” Eguae told the Opelika-Auburn News. “I’m looking forward to everything. It’s a great organization and they’re great people and I’m familiar with the area, so it’s something I’m looking forward to.”

Devonta Glover-Wright, CB, Utah State, 6-0, 174: Former Campbell High Spartans quarterback. Played 27 games at Utah State after starting his career at Eastern Arizona Community College.  Finished the year eighth on the team with 52 tackles (31-solo, 21-assist), while ranking second on the team with 10 pass breakups and tied for seventh with 5.0 tackles for loss… Returned 19 kickoffs for 429 yards and that average of 22.6 yards per return ranked sixth in the Mountain West and 58th in the nation.

Maurice Hagens, FB, Miami, 5-11, 250: Played in all 13 games, making five starts at fullback … Also played on special teams … Had five rushes for 22 yards and seven catches for 83 yards.

Freddie Martino, WR, North Greenville: He was a four-year starter for the Crusaders. He  played in 48 games, catching 296 passes for 3,766 yards and 26 touchdowns while also scoring 5 times rushing.

Jeff Mathews, QB, Cornell, 6-4, 225: “I’m just very happy to be going to Atlanta,” Matthews told the New York Post. “It’s a great opportunity to go down there to a very good team and franchise. Matt Ryan is someone I can learn from.” Mathews set 47 school records at Cornell.

Walker May, DE, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 250: Co-captain started every game at defensive end, running his consecutive starts streak to 33 games…Finished with 25 solo tackles, 41 total tackles, four quarterback sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.

Kimario McFadden, S, South Carolina State, 5-11, 197: He’s from Riverdale. He was a second team All-MEAC selection last season. He recorded 57 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception last season for the Bulldogs, who lost to Furman in the FCS playoffs this past fall.

Roosevelt Nix, FB, Kent State, 5-11, 260: First player in KSU history & fifth player in MAC history to earn first team all-conference honors in four seasons

Jacob Pederson, TE, Wisconsin, 6-5, 240:  Finished career ranked No. 7 all-time at Wisconsin with 17 touchdown receptions, the most by a tight end in school history … also finished career ranked No. 16 in receiving yards with 1,394.

Bernard Reedy, WR, Toledo, 5-9,175: He played in 50 games for the Rockets and caught 195 passes for 2,743 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Donte Rumph, DT, Kentucky, 6-2, 337: Three-year SEC starter. He’s as space eater.

Jacques Smith, LB, Tennessee: The 6-foot-2, 258-pound Smith played defensive end and outside linebacker during his UT career, finishing with 92 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. “The Falcons called to say they had worked out the details with my agent and for me to fly to Atlanta [today] to sign the paperwork and get ready for the rookie mini-camps coming up. I’m going to work really hard to learn as much as I can and earn a spot on their roster, Smith told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. “I think the fact that I played in both the 4-3 and 3-4 and had to be versatile as an end and linebacker will really help now, because I’m versatile enough to be that speed rusher coming off the edge and I can drop back into coverage

Jerome Smith, RB, Syracuse, 6-0, 226: Ranks 13th on the Syracuse career rushing yards record list … Tied for ninth in program history with eight 100-yard games.

James Stone, OG/C, Tennessee, 6-3, 291: Has agreed to a deal with the Falcons. He started 39 games during his career with the Volunteers.

Matt Yoklic, P, Pittsburgh, 6-4, 220: Averaged a career-high 43.0 yards per punt to rank third in the ACC…totaled 70 punts for 3,008 yards…had 19 total punts downed inside the 20 and 19 punts of 50-plus yards last season.

THE ATLANTA FALCONS 2014 DRAFT CLASS

Round 1 / 6 — Jake Matthews, RT, 6-5, 308, Texas A&M

Round 2/37 – Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, 6-6, Minnesota

Round 3/68 – Dezmen Southward, 6-0, 211, Wisconsin

Round 4/103 – Devonta Freeman, 5-8, 206, Florida State

Round 4/139 – Prince Shembo, 6-1, 253 Notre Dame

Round 5/147 – Ricardo Allen, 5-9, 187, Purdue

Round 5/168 – Marquis Spruill, 6-1, 231, Syracuse

Round 7/253 – Yawin Smallwood, 6-2, 246, Connecticut

Round 7/255 – Tyler Starr, 6-4, 250, South Dakota

 

32 comments
GGee
GGee

I had read somewhere that they were in talks with Robbie Godhigh from GT. Is this ALL of the FA signees as of right now?

HotDawg
HotDawg

what happened to last years free agent? the kid that was wrongly accused and got out of jail. then they put him on a practice squad or Europe or something?

Logical One
Logical One

To not take a chance on Isiah Crowell makes no sense. This kid was the real deal as a freshman before his problems. I have not heard of any injuries of significance, and he has cleaned up his life. His only issue as a freshman was not being in good enough physical shape to last long in a game. That should not be a problem after playing for more years, the training in the NFL and his likely sharing of reps on the team. 

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Look for Jeff Mathews, Walker May, and Jerome Smith to make taxi-squad.  Give them each a year or two to grow and learn, and should injury ahead of them occur, they'll be ready to step in and step up.  (Mathews will take few lumps when thrown into fire, but he may also just provide you with some good, steady play.)

RickinGrayson
RickinGrayson

The list of undrafted players for the Falcons don't have any players that made the typical lists in the news.  For example, the SEAHAWKS got DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas to show up at their camp! Jeffcoat has a much better chance of making the Falcons roster than the Seahawks and the Falcons should've drafter him in the 7th along with Antonio Richardson, Dion Bailey, Craig Loston and a bunch of other players.  Understandably, these pro teams have great staffs to evaluate players, but can they be totally WRONG about the players I just listed?  Are the ones they are bringing in as undrafted free agents BETTER?  These players played on good teams with good competition.  


I see just down a couple of comments...Isiah Crowell.  I would like to see him go head to head against Devonta Freeman in minicamp! 

slydawg
slydawg

Christian Jones and Tiny Richardson are missing so this list is worthless. It looks like the draft after round 2.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Watching free agents do well in preseason and making teams are usually great stories.

Which undrafted free agent(s) will Rise Up and make this years team?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Anyone picked up Isiah Crowell, or did his NFL Combine numbers do him in? 

zuzu331
zuzu331

Oh look,another couple of OLB s in the 6'2 255 size range and two more runstuffing interior Defensive Linemen...Go Falcons!

TheMonger
TheMonger

For Further proof that the South dominates football, both pro and college, look at the top 6 picks in the 2014 NFL draft and you will find they all reside.......IN THE SOUTH.  Jadaveon Clowney is from South Carolina, Greg Robinson is from Alabama, Blake Bortles is from Florida, Sammy Watkins is from South Carolina, Khalil Mack is from Florida, and Jake Matthews is from Texas.  Actually it might be top 7, because I don't know where Mike Evans is from, I know he played for Texas A&M though.  If that is not proof that the SOUTH dominates football, then I don't know what is.

ftputt
ftputt

Man does TD like players from the North.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

dortrk......you might take a chance on a quality player you what to draft that has personal problems but to bring in a free agent with the same problems is insane.  Mr. AC Leonard is going to have to live with poor decisions, just like the rest of us.

UGA76
UGA76

UGA has 2 and I'm sure there are other OG out there that are better interior linemen than what Atlanta has currently after Blalock. 

stinkypinky
stinkypinky

I'm all for the Falcons taking SEC players.  I just wish they would have done more in the draft after Jake Matthews instead of those slow players from up north schools.  And secondly why all the Tennessee undrafted players?  Wasn't Tenn one of the worst teams last year in the SEC?

TampGator1
TampGator1

I guess the homophobic posters are going to come out of the woodwork. 

michaeltheamerican
michaeltheamerican

That bow tie is the gayest thing Ive seen since Michael Sam in the locker room.

doktrt
doktrt

I would love to see Falcons take a chance on TE  A.C. Leonard from Tennessee State. Reminds me of Jim Mitchell. Does have some character issues but might be worth a look as a FA. Also LB Christian Jones from FSU.

Farcas
Farcas

I am a Dawg fan and will be the first to admit Isiah will not add up to anything in the NFL. The talent is there, the commitment is not.

HotDawg
HotDawg

apparently he is already signed or was drafted by Cleveland.

HotDawg
HotDawg

I wish him well. Has had no trouble recently. Hopefully has matured and turned his life around. If he didn't get drafted, I wouldn't have minded the Falcons giving him a free agent try-out.

TheMonger
TheMonger

@ftputt I agree, and I have never understood it.  The premiere players in football come from the South, as well as a few from California.  However, I will say at certain positions TD does seem to actually go South of the Mason-Dixon line, such as WR. Julio Jones is from Alabama, Roddy White (although not a TD pick) is from South Carolina, Harry Douglas is from Georgia, Devin Hester is from Florida, and Darius Johnson is from Texas.  I have noticed the lack of Georgia Bulldogs on the roster though, I honestly can't think of one right now.  If I was a GM I would get 90 percent of my players from SEC schools and small schools around the South such as SMU, Troy, Ala-Birmingham, etc.  Then I would fill in the last 10 percent with the elite of the elite from Division 2 and 3 schools. I just have never been impressed with anybody coming out of the Big 10, Big East, or any school up North.  Not saying they don't have good players, I just personally think the kids from the South are bigger, stronger, faster, quicker and have a bigger passion for the game of football.  Watch out for Devonta Freeman out of FSU, kid is a beast.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@ftputt  why do we need guys that can play in the cold if we win we can have most playoff games in the ATL in the DOME?

OriginalATLien
OriginalATLien

The LB from Syracuse is hardly slow, check your facts.

stinkypinky
stinkypinky

I don't know about the homophobic remark.  But I do agree that I hate the bow tie look.  I posted to D-Led a couple of days ago about why is it that everybody is going to the Pee Wee Herman look?  If you notice, everybody nowadays wearing the bow tie is also wearing a smedium/xtra medium tight suit w/  high water pants.  All they need to go with it is the white platform shoes, red granny bike, and "pointed arrow" haircut.

ChefZay
ChefZay

Akeem Dent played for UGA. Duhhh

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TheMonger I guess you forgot that the ACC puts the 2nd most players in the NFL year in and year out.