FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons held their first day of the rookie minicamp on Friday.
Here are five players who stood out:
1. Neal was fluid. First-round pick Keanu Neal looked at home in the middle of the defense. “There were a lot of great people surrounding me,” Neal said.
2. Schweitzer on the move. The Falcons sixth-round pick, Wes Schweitzer, played guard. He looked winded early, but rebounded to have a strong finished.
3. Goodwin to cornerback. The Falcons moved wide receiver C.J. Goodwin to cornerback. He’s 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. The team used him in practice at cornerback last season when he was on the practice squad and had him going against star wide receiver Julio Jones. “Guarding Julio Jones is not the easiest job on the planet,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We said, ‘we might have something here.’ We talked to him after the season and said we wanted to go down this road. He wanted to do it. He’s going full-time at corner now. We’ll leave him there and see what it looks like. He’s got great ball skills. Can he play full speed and tackle? Those are things we’ll find out over the next few weeks.”
4. Ross has nice arm. Former Coastal Carolina and Buford High quarterback Alex Ross has a nice arm. He a couple of nice slant routes.
5. Bulldog corner. The Falcons had three former Georgia players in camp in defensive end Josh Dawson, nose tackle Chris Mayes and center Kolton Houston. “Some of the local guys have shown up in a big way,” Quinn said. “The size and the athleticism of some of the big guys (stood out). Those are hard guys to find.”