Posted: 7:54 pm Monday, May 12th, 2014

Falcons sign 20 undrafted rookies, 5 from SEC 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons released their list of 20 undrafted free agents that have signed with the team on Monday.

We had 17 of the 20 names for you on Sunday. The three additions are Arkansas State wide receiver Julian Jones, Kansas State wide receiver Tramaine Thompson and Wisconsin tight end Brian Wozniak.

Here’s the list of players:

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)

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.

Julian Jones, WR, Arkansas State, 6-0, 202: pounds: He caught 69 passes for 1,123 yards (16.3 yards per catch) with 11 touchdowns in four seasons at Arkansas State. He set career-highs with 52 catches and 641 while adding four touchdowns in 2013.

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, 6-2, 258: 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.

Tramaine Thompson, WR, Kansas State, 5-8, 167: He had 109 receptions for 1,673 (15.3 yards per catch) with 10 touchdowns in four seasons at Kansas State. In 2013, He caught 32 passes for a career-high 551 yards (17.2 yards per catch) with five touchdowns.

Brian Wozniak, TE, Wisconsin 6-4, 255: He played in 47 games, including 21 starts over his final two seasons with the Badgers. He finished his career with 15 receptions for 127 yards and four touchdowns.

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, FS, 6-0, 211, Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

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

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

29 comments
reallygroovy
reallygroovy

1966 and counting ,  2016 falcons franchise 50 years old and no super bowl wins , if next year they can get to super bowl means super bowl in 2016  , which should be ours for the taking .

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

the 20 undrafted players are better than the draft picks besides jake Matthews , stone,  and the 327 pound  beef eater is good pickups,  the others seem promising  but they are still way behind  seattle, 49ers, greenbay, lions, and  tampabay  I know tampa bay will win the south this year with lovie smith,  the falcons will be 7-9 or 8-8 this year if they tank again this year we can get a top 5 pick next year we could be in line for something special on the falcons 50 anniversary of franchise , if they get JOHN GRUDEN to be the head coach .

davidv14
davidv14

On the field, Micheal Sam was all SEC as a linebacker at Missouri, he got to the QB almost on every play.  Ask Aaron Murray, about him last year against Missouri.   As for his off field stuff that his personal decision as long as he does not break the law and stuff I fine with it.   I believe the Rams got a steal at number 7th unlike the Falcons.  As for the Falcons, I believe their draft was below average a C-.  If the Falcons want to win like San Francisco and Seattle do every year, their going to have to draft better than average defensive players who can put pressure on the QB and make big plays.   Falcons right now is too slow on defensive or they are running in quick sand on every play that is why they cannot win big game or get back to the playoff.  

DemetriaCarter
DemetriaCarter

Thank you Falcons, for not drafting Micheal Sam!

Ian Baker Bug
Ian Baker Bug

Tennessee fan here so biased...James Stone was underrated and I could see him making the team and a significant impact next year. Jacques Smith is a physical specimen who looks like the next LT in pads. 5 star stud out of high school who supposed to be the next Reggie White. 3 head coaches and injuries led a a lack of production, but on paper, looks like he could be a steal. Would love to see him reach his potential considering he aligns perfectly with what the Falcons need.

MikeisBack
MikeisBack

DLed, very intriguing group of UDRs...they meet various needs on both side of the line.  I might have to move my B+ to an A?????

I know it's early...BUT things are looking up.

This draft class should make for a Great Training Camp...IT"S ON MS NOW!! 

MS YOU UP BRUH…LET’S GO LET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL

TampGator1
TampGator1

Wisconsin has a recent history of producing good NFL TEs.  There are currently 5 former Wisconsin TEs playing in the NFL, not including these two FA TEs the Falcons just signed.  Odds are good that one will stick with the Falcons this year.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

D. Led.

.......... What's the Grade for the 20 undrafted free agents ? 

96JB
96JB

Dallas Lee from UGA also. Did I miss his name?

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

The Falcons sign 2 TE's from Wisc? 

slydawg
slydawg

Donta Rumph, come on down.... This guy and James Stone are almost absolute locks to make the team, barring something stupid or lack of adjustment to the pro game.

SOB
SOB

Still wish someone could explain to me the Wisconsin connection Dimitroff is so enamored with. Have they ever won anything up there?

Columbus68
Columbus68

@davidv14 ...I think most of sam's sacks came in ONE game against FLA.  Sam did not do much against Murray from what I remember except 1 or 2 plays.  Murray didn't have many weapons that game if you remember so...do not read much into that.  Throw in Sam's small size and well....good luck getting sacks in the NFL...he will be average at best...

slydawg
slydawg

@davidv14  Let's compare Michael Sam's accomplishments with those of Tim Tebow or any number of former SEC All Conference/ POY/MVP, etc.? His accomplishments last year meant nothing, especially when your teammate has a higher draft rating and professional football upside than you. Could it be that Kony's presence was the reason "...he got to the QB almost on every play?" What did he accomplish prior to this season? Michael Sam can play DE at a high level, but apparently not high enough to warrant not being Mr. Irrelevent for the Rams. His draft status was pure PR. Given the Rams personnel or teams with similar make up, he SHOULD be ok, but he was a 7th rounder for a valid football reason, not his sexual orientation.

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

@DemetriaCarter yes not drafting  an outside co sec defensive player of year in 7th round , its see idiot ray malaluga , yall said criminal issues , no good falcons could have drafted  all star in cincinatti, manti tayo, no good, to slow , all star in san diego, and this crop of players falcons drafted LOSERS besides Matthews, this is why falcons sux , they never draft worth a crap , and people like you well when these idiots, have a top 5 pick again next year I will write you again and tell you when sam becomes and all star in stlouis, and they make the playoffs, so much for lets not disrupt the LOSING LOCKER ROOM OF FALCONS .

SEP-AU
SEP-AU

@DemetriaCarter Why are you thanking the Falcons for that?  Could it be that you know you'd have no chance with him?   Here's a news flash for ya, 'Dementria', you won't have a chance with any of the others either.     

slydawg
slydawg

@TampGator1  How many can tie the shoestrings of or even play 10% like Jimmy Graham, Tony G., Vernon Davis, etc.? Not one. A true replacement TE for the Falcons will fit that mold, not one who fits a run-heavy or balanced offense where you are not expected to catch passes at all unless wide open. These selections indicate the Falcons are not going to emphasize the position from the passing game as much as in the past. But please spare me the faux cheerleading justification. Let's call a spade a spade, shall we?

RX
RX

@TampGator1 Looking forward to seeing TE Jacob Pedersen. Great hands and a smooth route runner.

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

Draft grades are pointless to begin with.  Grading UFA's would just be silly.

JackClemens
JackClemens

@SOB  The Bengals have a similar addiction to UGA players..

zuzu331
zuzu331


As far as recent Bowls they beat Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl in 09,beat Arkansas in The Capitol One Bowl in 06,beat Auburn in The Capitol One Bowl in 05,beat Colorado in the Alamo Bowl in 02,beat UCLA in the Sun Bowl in 00.
1896 Big Ten Conference Champions
1897 Big Ten Conference Champions
1901 Big Ten Conference Co-Champions
1906 Big Ten Conference Co-Champions
1912 Big Ten Conference Champions
1952 Big Ten Conference Co-Champions
1959 Big Ten Conference Champions
1962 Big Ten Conference Champions
1993 Big Ten Conference Co-Champions
1998 Big Ten Conference Co-Champions
1999 Big Ten Conference Champions
2010 Big Ten Conference Co-Champions 


spike79
spike79

@SEP-AU @DemetriaCarter  I think he was referring to the media circus that would follow Sam and nothing else.  I'm glad too.  Especially because if he got cut there would be all kinds of accusations against the Falcons

spike79
spike79

@slydawg @TampGator1  The guys you mention were also 1st round picks.  Would you rather the Falcons take a TE in the first instead of Matthews?  I didnt think so

slydawg
slydawg

@zuzu331 Reply when one of those stats say National Champions. I see many gaps on that list even in conference. They must only win the conference when both Ohio ST. and Michigan suck? ZuZu, you know I gotta mess with you...lol

zuzu331
zuzu331

@slydawg @zuzu331  Maybe so. I just found those stats myself. It is true that Georgia beat em in the past few bowl games they were in together.