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Falcons’ Draft Board: Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz runs with the ball after catching a pass during NCAA college football practice at Valley High School Stadium, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player we are projecting to be on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. With the Falcons having 10 picks, we’ll start out by focusing on potential late-round picks and then move on to early-round picks. Today we’ll look at Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz.

Player: C.J. Fiedorowicz

Position: Tight end

School: Iowa

Height and weight: 6-5 1/2, 265

Combine numbers: 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 25 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 31 1/2-inch [More]

Godfather: Falcons to work out Lewan, Ealy

  • 8:58 am Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
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The Godfather has spoken.

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

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]

5 things to know about Jadeveon’s Judgment Day

  • 4:36 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

At the NFL combine, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney brushed off the notion that he was a slacker because he didn’t work out.

He kept repeating that he’d be ready for his Pro Day.

Well, April 2 is tomorrow and Michael Cunningham will travel over to Columbia, S.C. for Jadeveon’s Judgment Day.

He’s considered the top player in the draft, but the Houston Texans may pass on him. It is believed that the St. Louis Rams, who hold the second pick, will snap up Clowney immediately.

Clowney has said that he’d like to play for the Atlanta Falcons, who hold the No. 6 [More]

Dimitroff believes Falcons added grit and toughness

  • 6:54 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Just chatted with Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff on a conference call and he believes the team added some grit and toughness in free agency today.

He was on his way to dinner with the new players. He was probably heading to Chops or the Capital Grille in Buckhead.

He also believed the team retained some key players and said they will continue to run a hybrid 4-3 and 3-4 defense with no scheme change in store.

Here are some of the tweets from the call.

#Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said he believes Champ Bailey has the ability to continue playing in [More]

Dimitroff brushes off Clowney’s trade request

  • 3:57 pm Monday, February 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff responded to South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s plea for a trade.

“That’s great to hear that, but I’m sure he’s saying that to everyone as well,” Dimitroff told the

NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones after the linebacker session on Monday. “He’s making sure that he follows back around.

“Look, like I’ve said, I’ve been very clear about this, we will always be open for business. We will always be open to move up and back, depends on what’s right for us.

“Again, I feel really comfortable with where we are at six, but there are opportunities on both sides of [More]

6 Tweets from Thomas Dimitroff’s combine presser

  • 11:49 am Friday, February 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

#Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team's focus right is on free agents before the look at restructuring any deals.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) February 21, 2014

#Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team's "needs board" is being assembled.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) February 21, 2014

#Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team monitors prospect's social media activity.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) February 21, 2014

#Falcons GM Thomas DIMITROFF said the team is not trying to talk Tony Gonzalez out of retirement.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) [More]

Mayock concerned about Clowney’s mentality

  • 4:00 pm Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

INDIANAPOLIS – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is ready to hold court for the next week and help anchor the league’s television coverage.

He likes the 2014 draft class, which is headed by South Carolina’s defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

“This year, the draft is stacked,” Mayock said. “I think you can get a quality player for three or four rounds.”

After the 2013 collapse, the Falcons are set to pick sixth overall in this deep draft. They have all seven of their picks and
could end up with three or four compensatory picks.

“One reason is the playmakers at the top of this draft,” Mayock said. “It’s [More]

Tony Gonzalez expects Falcons to rebound in 2014

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he felt the Falcons would rebound from their last-place finish in 2014.

After winning his first playoff game and reaching the NFC championship game, he returned to play one more season in 2013, but the Falcons finished 4-12.

“This year’s team, it was just a matter or injuries,” said Gonzalez after talking about his new CBS Sports gig. “I said it during the season. When you lose Julio Jones that’s a huge part of your offense. When he got hurt, he was the best receiver in the league statistically. Then with Roddy [More]

Falcons entourage set to leave for NFL combine

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith will head up the team’s entourage that’s headed to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, which starts on Wednesday and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 25.

More than 300 players are set to participate in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 19-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium. There’s a group of 24 players with Georgia connections who were invited to the combine. 

The players well start to arrive on Wednesday for medical exams, psychological testing and interviews with teams.

They will start working out on Saturday.

The Saturday group – Placekickers, special teamers, offensive linemen and tight [More]

MyAJC free through Thursday; some suggested reading

  • 2:17 pm Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

More snow at the Falcons training facility— Roddy White (@The_Other_RW) February 11, 2014

Practice fields at Flowery Branch.— Roddy White (@The_Other_RW) February 11, 2014

As a service to metro Atlantans during the winter storm, the AJC is offering free access to the online newspaper (a PDF-style version of the printed paper; link here) and For those of you who are not subscribers, I hope you’ll take advantage of both. Today’s paper is packed with valuable and insightful information about the storm. has all of the content that goes into [More]