September 4, 2015 – Atlanta, Ga: Charlotte 49ers running back Kalif Phillips (3) is tackled by a host of Georgia State Panthers defenders including, cornerback Bruce Dukes (27), linebacker Trey Payne (42), safety Bobby Baker (2) and linebacker Joseph Peterson (6) in the first quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome, September 4, 2015, in Atlanta. PHOTO / JASON GETZ
– After a week on the road, the Falcons will spend some time at the team’s nerve center as the countdown to the NFL draft has started.
The draft is set for April 28-30 in Chicago.
Here are 5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday:
1. Ryan’s golf tourney set: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will host his celebrity golf tournament at the TPC Sugarloaf on Monday, April 11 to raise money for Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Matt Ryan Foundation.
2. Locals day is Wednesday: Georgia defensive tackle Sterling Bailey (East Hall), Georgia State cornerback Bruce Dukes (Sandy Creek), Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford), Florida State linebacker Terrance Smith (Southwest DeKalb), Middle Tennessee safety Kevin Byard (M.L. King, Lithonia) and Charleston Southern DB Malcolm Jackson (North Gwinnett) have been invited. There will be mostly lower-profile prospects hoping to catch on likely as undrafted free agents. Eligible players include those who went to local colleges, local high schools or both.
3. Byard had strong Pro Day: Byard was one of the biggest combine snubs. He improved his 40-yard dash time on Thursday at the school’s Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds and had a 38-inch vertical jump, 10-foot broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times. After his workout he met with Detroit, Oakland, Tennessee and Cleveland. He’s set to attend the locals day on Wednesday. Byard had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, too.
4. Salary cap update: According to the NFLPA’s public salary cap report (Top 51), the Falcons have 62 players under contract, $3,905,771 in previous year carryover, $150,629,528 in team cap and are $8,172,143 under the cap. The Falcons are $7,869,064 million under the cap and have $18,814,246 in dead money on their cap charge, according to overthecap.com. The Falcons have $7,868,897 in cap space, according to spotrac.com.
5. Cheerleader auditions: The last prep class before the cheerleader auditions start is set for April 23. For more information on trying to make the Falcons’ cheer squad CLICK HERE.
April 14, 2014 – Duluth – Matt Ryan reacts to one of his tee shots. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta teamed up for the fourth annual Matt Ryan Celebrity-Am Classic. The tournament raises funds for the Aflac Cancer Center and the Matt Ryan Foundation. The 2014 Matt Ryan Celebrity – Am was held at TPC Sugarloaf ahead of the Greater Gwinnett Championship, the Champions Tour event at Sugarloaf to be held later this week. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
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