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Falcons’ draft board: Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Brigham Young outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who’s set to visit Flowery Branch.

Player: Kyle Van Noy

Position: Outside linebacker

School: Brigham Young

Height and weight: 6-3, 243

Pro Day numbers:  4.71 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 21 reps on the 225-pound bench press;

32 1/2-inch vertical; 9-4 broad jump, 4.2 seconds [More]

Tennessee RB Rajion Neal at Falcons’ Locals Day today

  • 12:38 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Some of the names are starting to come in as the Falcons are hosting their “locals day” work out today in Flowery Branch.

The event is not open to the media or the public.

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (Sandy Creek High) is amongst the group of players working out for the team.

He rushed 215 times for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Vols. He also caught 27 passes for 108 yards. He played in 44 games over his career and gained 2,163 yards on 444 carries.

Here are some of the others. We’ll post more names as they come in:

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VIDEO: Does Clowney’s decision hurt Falcons?

  • 12:29 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Does Jadeveon Clowney’s decision to not hold personal workouts affect the Falcons? The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter & CineSport’s Noah Coslov discuss this & possible 2nd round picks. 

Here is when the Falcons will select. The N FL draft is set for May 8-10:

Round 1 – No. 6 overall
Round 2 – No. 37 overall
Round 3 – No. 68 overall
Round 4 – No. 103 overall
Round 4 – No. 139 overall (compensatory)
Round 5 – No. 147 overall
Round 6 – No. 182 overall
Round 7 – No. 220 overall
Round 7 – No. 253 overall (compensatory)
Round 7 – No. 255 overall (compensatory)

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Falcons’ draft board: Auburn’s Dee Ford to visit this week

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, who’s set to visit Flowery Branch this week.

 Player: Dee Ford

Position: Outside linebacker/defensive end

School: Auburn

Height and weight: 6-1, 250

Pro Day numbers:  Vertical: 35 1/2. Broad: 10-4. Bench: 29 times. 40-yard dash: 4.53. Ford was not medically cleared at the combine because of a [More]

VIDEO: Falcons QB Matt Ryan on the offseason

  • 4:18 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Caught up with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as he was making the turn at the fourth annual Matt Ryan Celebrity-AM Classic at the TPC Sugarloaf on Monday.

We’ll have a full story up on MyAJC.com – our subscribers site – later today.

Some of the celebrities participating in the tournament included former Falcons running back Warrick Dunn and tight end Alge Crumpler. Kicker Matt Bryant, center Joe Hawley, and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux played. Also, former Braves star Chipper Jones played in the outing.

Ryan raised money for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to making kids better today and [More]

FSU linebacker Telvin Smith at Falcons today

  • 10:48 am Monday, April 14th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith, who played at Lowndes High, is visiting the Atlanta Falcons today.

Smith, 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, helped the Seminoles win the national championship. He was the team’s leading tackler with 90.

He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at the combine,

He chose Florida State over LSU and Georgia. He played on special teams as a freshman in 2010.

Also, the Falcons will hold their locals day on Tuesday.

Portland State running back D.J. Adams (Norcross High) and Tennessee-Chattanooga cornerback Kadeem Wise (Berkmar High)  are slated to participate.

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–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

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Report: Falcons check out Towson’s Terrance West, Jordan Love

  • 8:06 pm Sunday, April 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons sent a deep contingent, including general manager Thomas Dimitroff, to Maryland to check out Towson State running back Terrance West and cornerback Jordan Love on Sunday.

A school source said the large contingent of Falcons officials were at Towson this weekend for the private workout. Hmm— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 13, 2014

ATL GM Dimitroff (and assistants Vital, Pioli and Sabo) and HC Smith were on Towson U campus to workout ) Terrance West and CB Jordan Love— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 13, 2014

In 2013, West scored at least one touchdown in all 16 [More]

Falcons’ draft board: Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

  • 6:00 am Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Arizona State linebacker/defensive end Carl Bradford.

Player: Carl Bradford

Position: Outside linebacker/defensive end

School: Arizona State

Height and weight: 6-1, 250

Combine numbers: 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 23 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 37 1/2-inch vertical; 10-2 broad jump, 4.3 seconds in the shuttle run and 7.25 in the [More]

Falcons’ draft board: West Virginia RB Charles Sims

  • 6:00 am Friday, April 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. With the Falcons owning 10 picks, we’ll start out by focusing on potential mid- and late-round picks and then move on to early-round picks. Today we’ll look at West Virginia running back Charles Sims.

Player: Charles Sims

Position: Running back

School: West Virginia

Height and weight: 6-0, 214

Combine numbers: 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 17 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 37 1/2-inch [More]

Panthers sign Falcons castoff Thomas DeCoud

  • 10:59 pm Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Carolina signed former Falcons safety
Thomas DeCoud, the team announced on Thursday.

In 2012 DeCoud, 29, led Atlanta with six interceptions and ranked second in the league among safeties in that category. He was an alternate and played in the Pro Bowl.

He was not able to carry that level of performance into the 2013 season.

Last season, DeCoud dropped from being rated as the 64th safety in the league to the 83rd rated safety, by profootballfocus.com. His overall play against the run and in coverage dipped dramatically.

He started 15 games and had 83 tackles. Releasing DeCoud, saved the Falcons $3 million.

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