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Mock 4.0: Falcons to select Michigan OT Taylor Lewan

  • 12:28 pm Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
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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]

Louisville’s Marcus Smith to work out for Falcons

  • 3:10 pm Monday, March 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons didn’t directly address their lack of a pass rush in free agency.

However, they have taken four defensive ends in recent drafts — Cliff Matthews, Jonathan Massaquoi, Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga — and hope to get Kroy Biermann back next season from Achilles surgery. However, they appear ready to address the pass rush in the draft.

Lousiville’s Marcus Smith, a 6-foot-3, 252 pound defensive end/linebacker, said that he has a workout scheduled with the Falcons on Wednesday, according to Jody Demling, who’s at Louisville’s Pro Day. (He’s the publisher of Cardinal Authority, a  site.)

Smith, who played from Columbus Hardaway High, is projected as a [More]

NFL combine: Top performers of Day One

  • 5:39 pm Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

INDIANAPOLIS — A quick look back at the first day of the combine workouts:

Inside the numbers: South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s wing span, finger tip to finger tip, was measured at 83 inches.

He’s fast: Tennessee State tight end A.C. Leonard had the fastest 40-yard dash time of the tight ends. He ran 4.5 seconds.

He’s strong: North Carolina center Russell Bodine lifted 225 pounds 42 times.

For the record: “I believe I did work hard. You pull out any practice tape from last year, you’ll see that. That’s what I told them. I’ll tell everybody that. I will always be working hard.” [More]