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

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]

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]

Attaochu, Thomas shine at Georgia Tech’s Pro Day

  • 2:34 pm Friday, March 28th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Georgia Tech standout Jeremiah Attachou went through the linebacker and defensive linemen drills at the school’s Pro Day on Friday.

He suffered a torn right hamstring in the third quarter of the Senior Bowl and was not able to perform for NFL teams at the NFL scouting combine.

Here’s a photo gallery from the day’s events.

“I think I did great,” Attaochu said. “I think I surprised myself a little bit. I had an injury. I rehabbed the injury and I was still able to run (the 40-yard dash) pretty good. I was in the 4.5s everywhere.”

Also, defensive back Jemea Thomas had a strong [More]

NFL combine: Big Ten corners Roby, Dennard shine

  • 3:40 pm Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Two Big Ten cornerbacks from Georgia had strong workouts on the final day of the NFL scouting combine on Tuesday.

Former Ohio State standout Bradley Roby, of Peachtree Ridge High, and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard, of Twiggs County High, solidified their status as first-round draft picks for the upcoming NFL draft, which will be held May 8-10.

Roby ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds, which was the fourth-fastest time of the cornerbacks. He also finished in the top 10 in the vertical jump, bench-press and broad jump.

Dennard ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, which was the 13th fastest time and [More]

Ted Roof drops by to see Attaochu, Thomas

  • 7:34 pm Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MOBILE, Ala. – Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof made his way to the Senior Bowl.

After the South’s practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Tuesday, he was talking to former Tech standouts Jeremiah Attaochu and Jemea Thomas on the field.

Thomas was a late addition to the Senior Bowl South roster.

“There was a high level of talent down there at the East-West Shrine game,” Thomas said. “The talent here is much better.”

Thomas played in 54 games at Georgia Tech, tying a school record.

“It’s been good,” Thomas said. “Day-in and day-out, going to meetings and trying to get everything down. I’ve been having a [More]