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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

NFL combine: Top performers of Day Three

  • 5:11 pm Monday, February 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

A quick look at the third day of the combine workouts:

Inside the numbers: South Carolina defensive Jadeveon Clowney ran the 40-yard dash in

an unofficial 4.47 seconds. His official time was 4.53, which was tops for the defensive linemen. The NFL Network showed a graphic where his time was much faster than Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and one of showing him faster than quarterbacks Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick.

He’s fast: Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith, of Lowndes, had the second-fastest time of the linebackers in the 40-yard dash. He ran it in 4.52 seconds. He tied for the 12th best broad jump at 9 feet, 11 [More]

5 players to watch in the Senior Bowl today

  • 7:53 am Saturday, January 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MOBILE, Ala. – In addition to heavily scouting the offensive and defensive linemen, the Falcons came away from their week of Senior Bowl practice impressed with three safeties.

(Also, there was more than a little buzz in personnel circles at the Senior Bowl that the Falcons covet Buffalo free safety Jairus Byrd, who could become an unrestricted free agent if he can’t reach a contract extension with the Buffalo Bills.)

The Falcons had the opportunity to work with Washington State’s Deone Bucannon and Baylor’s Ahmad Dixon. Also, Vanderbilt free safety Kenny Ladler from Stephenson High, who will play for the South, impressed the [More]