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

Falcons need a pass rusher still? Michael Sam is available

  • 9:32 am Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Through the three rounds of the NFL draft, the Falcons have failed to fill a major need: Pass rusher.

Their attempts to trade up in the first round for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and for Auburn’s Dee Ford were unsuccessful.

In the second round, they selected Minnesota nose guard Ra’Shede Hageman and said they will convert him to a five-technique (run stopping) defensive end.

In the third round, they selected Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward, who was projected as a strong safety and to be taken in the fourth round by NFLDraftScout.com. The Falcons said that he will play free safety.

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10 draft picks to put the Falcons back on top

  • 10:00 am Monday, April 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons are in the final stages of setting their draft board for the NFL draft, which is set for May 8-10.

They start offseason conditioning today. 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 next week.

The Falcons have also been connected to all of the top tackles in the draft in Auburn’s Greg Robinson, Texas A&M Jake Matthews and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan.

It’s clear that they are going either edge rusher or offensive [More]

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]

Dee Ford: There is no feud with Jadeveon Clowney

  • 7:01 am Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford, after his stellar showing at the school’s Pro Day on Tuesday, wanted to make one thing clear.

Despite his brash comments about South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney at the scouting combine, there is no feud between the SEC rivals.

Ford referred to Clowney as a blind dog in a meat shop, who relied on his athletic talent.

“It’s a great story and it sounds good, but what I want everyone to know is that me and Clowney are not feuding,” Ford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We compete. If he sets a number, I’m going to try [More]

Auburn Pro Day: Dee Ford has stellar showing

  • 12:16 pm Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, who didn’t workout at the NFL scouting combine for medical reasons, had a vertical jump of 35 1/2 inches and lifted 225 pounds 29 times on Tuesday.

Check back later for all of the numbers. (SEE BELOW)

AUBURN PRO DAY

Official Heights & Weights

DL, Kenneth Carter 6037 281
P, Steven Clark. 6051 228
DB, Chris Davis 5096 200
DE, Nosa Eguae 6030 282
DE, Dee Ford 6021 244
LB, Jake Holland 6001 237
LS, Jake Lembke 6006 239
RB, Tre Mason. 5085 205
K, Cody Parkey 6003 188
DB, Blake Poole 5103 183
FB, Jay Prosch 6007 254
OT, Greg Robinson 6051 327
DE, Craig Sanders 6034 248
DB, [More]