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

Falcons’ draft board: Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward

  • 6:00 am Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning for the last 30 days, we’ve done a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We focused on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today concludes the series with a look at Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward, who visited the Falcons

Player: Jimmie Ward

Position: Safety

School: Northern Illinois

Height and weight: 5-1, 193

Pro Day Numbers: He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds, broad jump of 10 feet,5 inches, 4.24 short shuttle and 6.89 three-cone drill.

Projected Round: He’s projected to be drafted in [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]

5 best compensatory picks by the Falcons

  • 9:46 am Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Fans get all excited about compensatory picks, but since 2007 the Falcons haven’t exactly hit the jackpot with the extra picks.

There have been some starters picked like the recently released Thomas DeCoud, some  solid picks like running back Jason Snelling and some busts like Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier.

Here’s a look at the Falcons five best compensatory picks by the Falcons in recent history:

1. JASON SNELLING, RB: He was drafted by the Falcons in the seventh round (244th overall ) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Serving mostly a reserve role and as a spot starter, Snelling accumulated 1,420 rushing yards and [More]

Falcons release safety Thomas DeCoud, Tony Gonzalez

  • 5:10 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Free safety Thomas DeCoud, a year after going to the Pro Bowl as an alternate, was released by the Falcons on Tuesday.

The team, in need of Tony Gonzalez’ salary cap space, was also officially released.

“We would like to begin by thanking Tony for his contributions to our organization, community and fan base over the last five seasons,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement released by the team. “There is no doubt that he is the best tight end to ever play the game and will have a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tony was [More]

Here’s the deal on the Thomas DeCoud dilemma

  • 12:34 pm Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Safety Thomas DeCoud is a member of the Atlanta Falcons. You know, today.

He may be released in the near future.

He may not be released in the near future.

When the team was asked to clarify his status they stood by their longstanding policy not to address “rumors.”

There is a lot of speculation surrounding DeCoud because of the dip in his play last season. We’ve been reporting since January that he was a potential salary cap casualty.

The Falcons could elect to part ways with cornerback Asante Samuel (saving $4.5 million), safety Thomas DeCoud ($4.2 million), running back Steven Jackson ($3 million), linebacker Stephen [More]