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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]

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:

Portland State [More]