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Atlanta Falcons blog by D. Orlando Ledbetter, the pro football and Atlanta Falcons reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Falcons have started signing undrafted, tryout players

UPDATE:  Here's Carolina's list of 7, which includes Duke safety Jeremy Cash.

Here's New Orleans list of 19 undrafted free agents

Here's Tampa Bays list of 19 undrafted rookie free agents

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Several Georgia State Panthers are headed to NFL rookie camps including safety Tarris Batiste, who posted on Facebook that he will attend the Falcons rookie minicamp which starts on Thursday and runs through Saturday.

Batiste was a three-year starter who was named all-Sun Belt Conference as a senior. He finished with 263 tackles and five interceptions.

Also, Coastal Carolina quarterback Alex Ross (former Buford HS), Arkansas State wide receiver J.D. McKissic Appalachian State wide receiver Malachi Jones (Central Gwinnett High) and Florida Atlantic safety Sharrod Neasman are set to attend the rookie minicamp.

The Falcons sent a video to agents early in the day hoping that it would help them recruit some undrafted players.

The team will not announce an official list of signed undrafted rookies and tryout players until Monday or perhaps on Tuesday.

But here are some of the names floating around the internet with strong-legged Texas kicker  Nick Rose, being the most intriguing. He once made a 80-yard kick.

Here are some of the other names linked to the Falcons, but not officially acknowledged by the team: North Dakota linebacker/fullback Will Ratelle, Georgia defensive lineman Josh Dawson, South Carolina running back Brandon Wilds, Washington State linebacker Ivan McLennan, Indiana center Jake Reed, Wheaton tackle Matt Snebold, Texas wide receiver Daje Johnson, Washington tight end Josh Perkins, Utah State linebacker Torrey Green, Kansas running back De'Andre Mann, Florida defensive back Brian Poole, Georgia defensive tackle Chris Mayes, Arizona wide receiver David Richards, Kentucky defensive tackle C.J. Johnson, South Carolina defensive tackle Gerald Dixon Jr., Iowa guard Jordan Walsh, Iowa fullback Adam Cox, Idaho lineman Cody Elenz, St. Cloud State defensive back Jordan Sefon,  Northern Iowa linebacker Brett McMakin, Arizona State tackle William McGehee, Penn State cornerback Trevor Williams, Middle Tennessee State running back Jordan Parker, North Dakota State right guard Jeremy Kelly, Tennessee defensive tackle Owen Williams and Oklahoma State wide receiver David Glidden.


Sunday, April 17 -- QUARTERBACKS

Rams quest for franchise quarterback behind big trade --Wentz or Goff?

D. Led’s breakdown of the Quarterbacks

A look at the top 10 Quarterbacks in the draft


D Led’s breakdown of the Running backs -- Is Derrick Henry the next Charles Muncie?

A look at the top 10 Running backs


D. Led’s breakdown of the Wide receivers

A look at the top 10 Wide receivers

Wednesday -- TIGHT ENDS

D. Led’s breakdown of the Tight ends

A look at the top 10 tight ends


D. Led’s breakdown of the Offensive linemen

A look at the top 10 offensive linemen


D. Led’s breakdown of the Defensive linemen

A look at the top 10 defensive linemen 

Saturday, April 23 -- LINEBACKERS

Falcons searching for hybrid linebacker/safeties

D. Led’s breakdown of the Linebackers

A look at the top 10 linebackers

Sunday, April 24 -- CORNERBACKS

D. Led’s breakdown of the cornerbacks

A look at the top 10 cornerbacks

Monday, April 25 -- SAFETIES

D. Led’s breakdown of the Safeties

A look at the top 10 Safeties

Tuesday, April 26

D. Led’s breakdown of the Specialists, kickers, punters and returners

A look at the top 5 punters and top 5 kickers

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The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Pete Mundo break down Atlanta’s selection of Florida safety Keanu Neal at #17 and look ahead to other needs the Falcons must address.


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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.