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Falcons’ draft board: Minnesota DT Ra’shede Hageman

  • 6:00 am Monday, April 21st, 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 Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman.

Player: Ra’Shede Hageman

Position: Defensive tackle

School: Minnesota

Height and weight: 6-6, 310

Combine numbers:  5.02 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 32 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 35 1/2-inch vertical; 9-6 broad jump, 4.5 in short shuttle and 7.87 in the three-cone drill.

Projected Round: He’s the fourth-rated [More]

Falcons draft board: Missouri DE Kony Ealy

  • 6:00 am Sunday, April 20th, 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 Missouri DE Kony Ealy, who worked out for the Falcons in Columbia, Mo. on April 2.

Player: Kony Ealy

Position: Defensive end

School: Missouri

Height and weight: 6-4, 273

Combine numbers:  4.92 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 22 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 31-inch vertical; 9-6 broad jump and 6.83 in the three-cone drill.

Projected [More]

Falcons’ draft board: Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

  • 6:00 am Saturday, April 19th, 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 Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro, who has had a private workout and a pre-draft visit with the Falcons.

Player: Jace Amaro

Position: Tight end

School: Texas Tech

Height and weight: 6-5, 265

Combine numbers:  4.74 seconds in the 40-yard dash (4.60 on his Pro Day); 28 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 33-inch vertical; 9-10 [More]

Mock 2.0: Falcons trade up to land OT Greg Robinson

  • 11:46 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Falcons are not playing around.

Next week is a big as the Falcons finalize their board for the NFL draft, which will be held May 8-10. This will be the “grit and toughness” draft. Don’t look for them to deviate on character. They will stay close to normal methods of drafting players with degrees, former team captains and individuals with high football IQ’s.

The Falcons start offseason conditioning on Monday. We’ll have some media access on Tuesday.

Also, several of the top prospects including UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack are scheduled to visit Flowery Branch [More]

Falcons’ draft board: Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

  • 6:00 am Friday, April 18th, 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 Alabama safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, who has already met with the Falcons.

Player: Ha-Ha Clinton Dix

Position: Safety

School: Alabama

Height and weight: 6-1, 208

Combine numbers: 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 11 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 33-inch vertical; 9-11 broad jump, 4.16 seconds in the shuttle run and 7.16 in [More]

More on Locals Day: TE Evan Wilson, LB Bryan Presume

  • 9:00 am Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

We were over in Athens yesterday at UGA’s Pro Day and few more locals, who participated in the Falcons’ locals day on Tuesday, were confirmed.

Illinois tight end Evan Wilson (Woodstock): Wilson’s vertical leap of 35.5″ at Illinois Pro Day would have ranked second among all tight ends at the combine . His broad jump of 10-4 would have ranked third. His three-cone drill of 7.42 (ninth), 40-yard dash of 4.85 (11th), 20-yard shuttle time of 4.50 (11th) and 19 bench press reps (11th) all would have been among the top performances for a tight end at the combine.

Southern Illinois linebacker [More]

Falcons’ draft board: UCLA LB Anthony Barr to visit Tuesday

  • 6:00 am Thursday, April 17th, 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 UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, who’s scheduled to visit Flowery Branch on Tuesday.

Player: Anthony Barr

Position: Outside linebacker

School: UCLA

Height and weight: 6-5, 255

Combine numbers: 4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash (4.41 at Pro Day); 15 reps on the 225-pound bench press (19 at Pro Day); 34 1/2-inch vertical; 9-11 broad [More]

QB Aaron Murray passes on helmet, shoulder pads

  • 2:41 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Georgia record-setting quarterback Aaron Murray, who didn’t wear shoulder pads nor a helmet,  move fluidly through his Pro Day work out just five months after knee surgery on Wednesday.

He completed 47 of 54 passes. He had three drops, two catches out of bounds, a wide receiver slipped on another play and he had one inaccurate attempt on a windy day. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel came dressed to play for his Pro Day.

Murray just laughed when asked where was his helmet and shoulder pads.

“I think today showed these teams that they don’t have to worry about the knee,” Murray said. “They [More]

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