You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

5 players the Falcons must scout at the NFL combine


The reigning NFC champion Falcons own the 31st pick in the coming draft and their key decision makers, coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, arrived here at the scouting combine Tuesday hoping to duplicate last season’s draft success.

The Falcons landed three starters and their tight end of the future in the 2016 draft.

Dimitroff doesn’t see any major holes on the roster, but the Falcons will look to fortify both the offensive and defensive lines in the draft, which is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. Also, Dimitroff said the team is always looking to improve the pass rush.

Here are five players the Falcons must scout at the combine with ratings from NFLDraftScout.com:

Haason Reddick, Temple: Thirty-first ranked player overall/fourth at outside linebacker. He’s 6-foot-1, 237 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.54. He’s projected to be drafted in the first of second round. He would be the best player available according to the rankings. League scouts are still buzzing over his strong Senior Bowl performance. He’s a former defensive back.

Charles Harris, Missouri: 32/5 DE, 6-3, 255, 4.74, 1-2 round. He led the Tigers in tackles for loss (12.0), sacks (9.0) and QB hurries (10). Also had a pair of forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups.

Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky: 35/2 OG, 6-4, 305, 5.12, 1-2 round. He started 51 games for the Hilltoppers and was mostly a tackle. He’s projected to be a guard in the NFL. He had a strong showing against Alabama.

Carl Lawson, Auburn: 39/6 DE, 6-2, 253, 4.67, 1-2 round. There are major health concerns about Lawson, who has a long injury history. He had a healthy 2016 and flashed his pass rushing talents. Medical evaluation at the combine will be key for the Milton High product.

Caleb Brantley, Florida: 50/3 DT, 6-2, 297, 5.05, 2 round. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock believes that Brantley would be a nice player to fit in the Falcons defense next to the emerging defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.

https://twitter.com/DOrlandoLED/status/836659755753975808



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Atlanta Falcons

A trip to the roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium
A trip to the roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Take a ride to the top of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, about 340 feet above what will become the playing field, and you see first-hand the challenge, the complexity and, yes, the marvel of the building’s retractable roof. You see the eight movable panels, called petals, each weighing about 500 tons. You see the rails on which the steel petals will...
High hopes for new high-tech Atlanta stadium despite delays
High hopes for new high-tech Atlanta stadium despite delays

Several high-profile failures have plagued Atlanta's reputation on a national stage over the years: unpreparedness for ice and snow storms, a recent highway collapse and subsequent shutdown from a fire, and chronic traffic and public transportation woes. Now, the city's new $1.5 billion stadium — touted as a state-of-the-art facility that can...
LEADOFF: Busy opening month set for Mercedes-Benz Stadium
LEADOFF: Busy opening month set for Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, an early report on Atlanta sports. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, scheduled to open Aug. 26, has a busy first month lined up. Eleven sports events are slated to be played in the new downtown stadium by Sept. 27. That includes a six-game homestand by Atlanta United, which on Wednesday announced some schedule revisions, as well...
Falcons’ Freeman said he won’t let negotiations affect him
Falcons’ Freeman said he won’t let negotiations affect him

When Devonta Freeman ended his news conference, he stepped down from the stage and proceeded to shake hands with every member of the media, even cameramen, thereby reaffirming both his unpretentious, humble nature and that he’s not the president of the United States. Peace reigns today in the world of the Falcons’ top running back and,...
Jones anointed vocal leader of the defense
Jones anointed vocal leader of the defense

Off the football field, Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones doesn’t like to talk much. On the field, that’s a problem for the team’s defensive signal-caller. Jones is required to bark out the signals to make sure that the other 10 players can hear him, sometimes with 80,000 hostile folks yelling to drown him out. Jones, who was...
More Stories