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5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday

FLOWERY BRANCH – After a week on the road, the Falcons will spend some time at the team’s nerve center as the countdown to the NFL draft has started.

The draft is set for April 28-30 in Chicago.

Here are 5 things to know about the Falcons on Monday:

1. Ryan’s golf tourney set: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will host his celebrity golf tournament at the TPC Sugarloaf on Monday, April 11 to raise money for Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Matt Ryan Foundation.

2. Locals day is Wednesday: Georgia defensive tackle Sterling Bailey (East Hall), Georgia State cornerback Bruce Dukes (Sandy Creek), Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford), Florida State linebacker Terrance Smith (Southwest DeKalb), Middle Tennessee safety Kevin Byard (M.L. King, Lithonia) and Charleston Southern DB Malcolm Jackson (North Gwinnett) have been invited. There will be mostly lower-profile prospects hoping to catch on likely as undrafted free agents. Eligible players include those who went to local colleges, local high schools or both.

3. Byard had strong Pro Day: Byard was one of the biggest combine snubs. He improved his 40-yard dash time on Thursday at the school’s Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds and had a 38-inch vertical jump, 10-foot broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times. After his workout he met with Detroit, Oakland, Tennessee and Cleveland. He's set to attend the locals day on Wednesday.   Byard had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, too.

4. Salary cap update: According to the NFLPA’s public salary cap report (Top 51), the Falcons have 62 players under contract, $3,905,771 in previous year carryover, $150,629,528 in team cap and are $8,172,143 under the cap. The Falcons are $7,869,064 million under the cap and have $18,814,246 in dead money on their cap charge, according to  The Falcons have $7,868,897 in cap space, according to

5. Cheerleader auditions: The last prep class before the cheerleader auditions start is set for April 23. For more information on trying to make the Falcons’ cheer squad   CLICK HERE.


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