FLOWERY BRANCH – Here’s my Falcons’ post-draft two-deep depth chart (below).
The defensive line has position looks pretty good if last season’s second-round pick Ra’Shede Hagemen can deliver.
If he can't, Tyson Jackson and Kroy Biermann will be waiting in the wings. I have Adrian Clayborn at the other starting defensive end spot.
Hageman will have a chance to play the Michael Bennett role for the Falcons. He can play end on run downs and slide down inside in pass rushing situations in the nickel.
I have rookie Vic Beasley coming off the bench behind Justin Durant, because the free-agent signee will have to play against the run. Beasley can come in to rush in passing situations.
I put Tevin Coleman ahead of Devonta Freeman, but they are really 1A and 1B.
UNDRAFTED ROOKIES: Also, when the team releases the undrafted rookies list, we’ll share those with ya’ll. Got a couple of nasty emails complaining about those guys. But the team said the list is not done and those lists on the internet are inaccurate. When the list comes over from Dimitroff's office, we'll post it immediately.
The team may release some official signings today, but the list may not come up until Thursday when the players report for the rookie minicamp. (Not too impressed with the internet list, but there may be a hidden gem or two in there.)
BARKSDALE TRYOUT: Also, Howard Balzer of The SportXchange (via Twitter) reported that unrestricted free agent offensive tackle Joe Barksdale had a tryout with the Falcons on Monday.
Barksdale, who played at LSU, is 6-5, and 313 pounds.
Barksdale, 27, has started 29 of 32 games over the past two seasons for the Rams and was rated higher than all of the Falcons tackles by Pro Football Focus last season.
Pro Football Focus ranked 48th out of 84 qualified tackles. However, his run-blocking grade placed him near the top 10.
Here’s the working two-deep depth chart
WR — Roddy White, Justin Hardy
TE — Levine Toilolo, Jacob Tamme
RT – Sam Baker, Ryan Schraeder
RG — Jon Asamoah, Peter Konz
C — Joe Hawley, James Stone
LG — Mike Person, Harland Gunn
LT — Jake Matthews, Lamar Holmes
WR — Julio Jones, Devin Hester,
FB — Patrick DiMarco, Collin Mooney
RB- — Tevin Coleman, Devonta Freeman
QB — Matt Ryan, T.J. Yates, Sean Renfree
DE – Adrian Clayborn, Tyson Jackson
DT — Paul Soliai, Ricky Havili-Heimuli
DT — Jonathan Babineaux, Grady Jarrett
DE — Ra’Shede Hagemen, Vic Beasley/Kroy Biermann
SLB — Brooks Reed, Joplo Bartu
MLB — Paul Worrilow, Nate Stupar
WLB — Justin Durant, Prince Shembo
LCB — Desmond Trufant, Ricardo Allen
SS — William Moore, Kemal Ishmael
FS – Dezmen Southward, Charles Godfrey
RCB — Jalen Collins, Akeem King
NCB — Robert Alford, Ricardo Allen
PK — Matt Bryant
P — Matt Bosher
KR — Devin Hester, Eric Weems
PR — Devin Hester, Eric Weems
LS — Josh Harris