A closer look at the Falcons’ undrafted rookie free agents

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons opened their rookie minicamp today after signing a class of 22 undrafted rookies.

The team will also have some players on had receiving tryouts:

Here’s a closer look at the undrafted rookies:

Josh Dawson, 6-foot-4, 273 pounds, DE, Georgia: He played in 51 games for the Bulldogs and had 38 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.

Gerald Dixon Jr., 6-3, 327, DT, South Carolina: His father played 10 years in the NFL. He played in 49 games and made 27 starts. He made 84 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss for the Gamecocks.

Cody Elenz, 6-4, 290, OL, Lamar: He started all 11 games at left tackle last season for the Cardinals. Lamar’s offensive line helped produce a 2,000 yard rusher last season and only allowed five sacks.

Ale Fifita, 6-4, 306, OL, Fresno State: He started 12 games at left tackle during his senior year for the Bulldogs, and he received the team’s outstanding lineman of the year award.

Torrey Green, 6-2, 230, LB, Utah State: He played in 32 games with 10 starts for the Aggies. He recorded 90 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and two interceptions.

Cory Johnson, 6-3, 300, DT, Kentucky: He made 77 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks over two seasons with the Wildcats.

Daje Johnson, 5-9, 184, WR, Texas: The speedy receiver and returner played in 38 career games with 17 starts for the Longhorns. He finished his career with 85 receptions for 873 receptions and three touchdowns. Johnson also had 44 kickoff returns for 976 yards, with a 22.2 return average.

Devonte Johnson, 6-1, 185, CB, Weber State: He played in 21 career games for the Wildcats and had 14 pass breakups and 76 career tackles.

Malachi Jones, 6-2, 215, WR, Appalachian State: The former Central Gwinnett High star started all 13 games last season. He ranked second on the team with 25 receptions for 463 yards.

Chris Mayes, 6-4, 323, NT, Georgia: He played in 30 games with nine starts and recorded 79 total tackles for the Bulldogs.

J.D. McKissic, 5-11, 193, WR, Arkansas State: He was a tremendously productive college receiver. He played in 49 games for the Red Wolves and posted 289 receptions for 2,838 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also returned 54 kickoffs for 1,473 yards and had a 27.3 kickoff return average.

Ivan McLennan, 6-4, 233, LB, Washington State: He played in 25 games for the Cougars over the past two seasons. He made 63 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks.

David Mims II, 5-11, 198, CB, Texas State: He played in 12 games last season and was fourth on the team with 57 tackles for the Bobcats.

Sharrod Neasman, 6-0, 198, DB, Florida Atlantic: He received a $7,500 bonus as one of the more sought after undrafted players. He played in 32 games and recorded 139 total tackles and five interceptions for the Owls.

Joshua Perkins, 6-4, 227, TE, Washington: He played in 47 games during his four year tenure with the Huskies and posted 66 receptions for 911 yards and nine touchdowns.

Brian Poole, 5-10, 211, DB, Florida: He played in 49 career games for the Gators and made 120 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and six interceptions.

Will Ratelle, 5-11, 250, FB, North Dakota: He was a linebacker but will get look at fullback for the Falcons. He played in 40 games with 23 starts and recorded 266 total tackles. He earned first-team All-Big Sky honors after recording 110 total tackles and four sacks last season.

Jake Reed, 6-4, 288, OL, Indiana: He appeared in 40 career games with 22 starts at center and guard for the Hoosiers.

David Richards, 6-4, 213, WR, Arizona: He played in 48 games with 25 starts for the Wildcats. He made 110 catches for 1,205 yards and scored 11 touchdowns over his career.

Nick Rose, 6-2, 203, PK, Texas: He played in 51 games during his career with the Longhorns. He finished his career with 152 points and went 27-of-38 on field goals. He once kicked an 80-yard field goal in practice.

Jordan Sefon, 6-0, 198, CB, St. Cloud (Minn.) State: He finished his career with the Huskies posting 217 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 30 pass deflections, and six interceptions.

Brandon Wilds, 6-2, 220, RB, South Carolina: He made 20 career starts and rushed for 1,844 yards on 379 carries over his career for the Gamecocks.

The Falcons also will have in 27 players receiving tryouts.

Here’s the list of the tryout players: Sean Goldrich, QB, New Hampshire: Alex Ross, QB, Coastal Carolina; Jamal Golden, FS, Georgia Tech; Aaron Sibley, DB, Portland State; De’Andre Mann, RB, Kansas; Jordan Parker, RB, Middle Tennessee State; Tarris Batiste, SS, Georgia State; Adam Cox, FB, Iowa; Ugonna Awuruonye, LB, Campbell; Jasen Oden Jr., LB, Colorado State; Sam Rodgers, Snapper, Syracuse; Terrell Williams, LB, Youngstown State; Ryan Flannigan, LB, Kentucky; Brett McMakin, LB, Northern Iowa; Jordan Walsh, OG, Iowa; Brandon Williams, LB, Southern Illinois; Zack Martinez, OT, Colorado State-Pueblo; Bryan Chamberlain, OG, Georgia Tech; Kolton Houston, C, Georgia; Corey Redwine, NT, Tulane; Matt Snebold, OG, Wheaton (Ill.); Jeremy Kelly, OG, North Dakota State; Shahbaz, Ahmed, OG, Temple; Reggie Begelton, WR, Lamar; David Glidden, WR, Oklahoma State and Phillip Dukes, NT, South Carolina.

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