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6 quick observations from Day 1 of Rookie minicamp

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Falcons at the end of Day One of rookie minicamp. (D.  Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons at the end of Day One of rookie minicamp. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Here are six quick takes from the first day of Falcons rookie minicamp:

  1. Falcons first-round pick Jake Matthews won two battles with second-round pick Ra’Shede Hageman in one-on-one pass blocking drills. Both players were impressive.
  2. Fourth-round pick Prince Shembo lined up at RDE in the nickel package. He looked good coming off the edge as a rusher.
  3. Former defensive tackle Adam Replogle has been moved over to the offensive line. He played some left guard.
  4. The defense drilled in the 4-3, 3-4 and 4-2-5.
  5. Veteran cornerback Jordan Mabin, safety Sean Baker and Replogle, who were all on the practice squad last season, participated in the drills.
  6. Running back Braden Wilson (Kansas State, tryout), cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright (Campbell High, Utah State, undrafted rookie), and defensive lineman Byron Jerideau (South Carolina, tryout)  were injured and watched most of the drills.

Please check back later. We’ll post a video, coach Mike Smith’s comments on the practice and a story on third-round pick Dezmen Southward.  


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

Check back later. We’ll post a video and coach Mike Smith’s comments on the practice.


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