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FINAL MOCK: Falcons projected to land Zack Martin

  • 12:42 pm Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

All signs are pointing to the Falcons back standing pat before the draft starts at 8 p.m. tonight, but we’re projected a deal once things get underway.

When Houston goes on the clock, they’ll wait and see if they can get the Falcons’ second, third and next season’s first round pick. They should be a short conversation.

Then the Falcons will sit tight with the sixth pick until they get a call from Buffalo’s to move up from No. 9.

The Falcons could take the pick from Buffalo, fall back to nine and take Notre Dame tackle Zach Martin.

It’s only 250 points [More]

Mock 4.0: Falcons to select Michigan OT Taylor Lewan

  • 12:28 pm Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Taylor Lewan, NFL Draft, NFL, Atlanta Falcons, offense, Michigan Wolverines, college football, football

We purposefully didn’t do 10,000 mocks during the extended pre-draft process this year.

That time was better spent on researching players, keeping track of the private workouts and doing as many interviews and conference calls as possible.

We are going to call this one Mock 4.0 and reserve the right to put up the Final Mock by 12 noon Thursday before heading out to Flowery Branch for the festivities.

Here’s how the first round of the NFL draft will proceed on May 8:

1. HOUSTON: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – They are on record with wanting to trade the pick. The price is [More]

Falcons appear to be focusing on Greg Robinson, tackle position

  • 7:47 pm Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

With a week away, it appears the Falcons have zeroed in on the offensive tackles.

The best of the bunch is Auburn’s Greg Robinson and there an “league sourced” report that they are considering trading up to the top spot for Robinson and not South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

That move makes sense to several draft analysts.

Robinson is the most dominating blocker in the draft over the last decade, according to ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay.

Michigan’s Taylor Lewan and Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews are the other top rated tackles.

Here’s what McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are saying about the tackles:

TODD MCSHAY ON GREG ROBINSON: [More]

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]

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]

VIDEO: Falcons gearing up for NFL draft

  • 1:49 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Does the Falcons’ recent draft history mean they are more willing to move up? The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter & CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss this and what areas Atlanta needs to improve.

Here is when the Falcons will select. The NFL 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)

FALCONS REWIND

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Godfather: Falcons to work out Lewan, Ealy

  • 8:58 am Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Taylor Lewan, NFL Draft, NFL, Atlanta Falcons, offense, Michigan Wolverines, college football, football

The Godfather has spoken.

The Falcons worked out Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, according to Gil “The Godfather” Brandt of NFL.com.

That completes the trifecta.

The Falcons have been previously linked to the other top tackles in the draft. They interviewed Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews at the combine.

Lewan is generally considered the third-rated tackle in the group, but wouldn’t be much of a reach at No. 6 if Robinson and Matthews are off the board.

Now, Lewan does have some baggage if you think misdemeanor assault charges are serious.  

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has Lewan going to the Bills, who have [More]

Bucky Brooks: Falcons will take nasty OT Taylor Lewan

  • 6:11 am Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Taylor Lewan, NFL Draft, NFL, Atlanta Falcons, offense, Michigan Wolverines, college football, football

I wanted to give y’all some early morning snack food before rolling the Batmobile up to Clemson for their Pro Day.

We’ll focus on tackle Brandon Thomas. If the Falcons go edge rusher/linebacker in the first round, Thomas, who could win the right tackle spot, would be a viable second round pick. The Falcons coached him the Senior Bowl.

We caught up with the NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks to pick his brain post-combine.

In his latest mock draft, he has the Falcons picking Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, the meanest and nastiness of the three top tackles in the draft. I think [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]