D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons beat writer

D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was one of the lead writers in the notorious Michael Vick dog-fighting federal case. He has also covered the SEC/ACC and high schools in Gwinnett for the AJC. He's a three-time APSE award winner.

Latest from D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons could look to add an offensive weapon 
 Today: Wide receiver Don’t expect quarterback Matt Ryan to storm into the draft room and bang his cleats on the table for some offensive help when the Falcons select 26th overall on Thursday. After all, in each of the past three drafts the Falcons have selected defensive players with their top two picks. “I have no input...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Today: Wide receiver Don’t expect quarterback Matt Ryan to storm into the draft room and bang his cleats on the table for some offensive help when the Falcons select 26th overall on Thursday. After all, in each of the past three drafts the Falcons have selected defensive players with their top two picks. “I have no input...
Falcons have recent draft history of LSU defensive players
 Since head coach Dan Quinn was hired in 2015, the Falcons have selected a player from LSU in each of those past three NFL drafts. The Falcons will have a few more LSU players on their board this year for the draft, which starts Thursday and runs through Saturday in Arlington, Texas.  “It’s the tradition of the LSU defense...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Since head coach Dan Quinn was hired in 2015, the Falcons have selected a player from LSU in each of those past three NFL drafts. The Falcons will have a few more LSU players on their board this year for the draft, which starts Thursday and runs through Saturday in Arlington, Texas.  “It’s the tradition of the LSU defense...
NFL Draft: A five-part series on the Falcons’ needs
 It’s time for the Falcons to add to their roster. The NFL Draft is this week, Thursday through Saturday, and the team has several needs in the three-day selection process. The first round will be Thursday, starting at 8 p.m. The second and third rounds will be Friday, starting at 7 p.m. The fourth through seventh rounds will be...

Posted: a day ago

It’s time for the Falcons to add to their roster. The NFL Draft is this week, Thursday through Saturday, and the team has several needs in the three-day selection process. The first round will be Thursday, starting at 8 p.m. The second and third rounds will be Friday, starting at 7 p.m. The fourth through seventh rounds will be...
Falcons have a vacancy at fullback 
 Today: Fullback Last offseason, the Falcons thought they had a deal for the return of fullback Patrick DiMarco. However, there was a delay in a signing after a family emergency due to a death. By the time DiMarco returned, he had a more lucrative offer from the Bills and the Pro Bowler was gone. The Falcons ended up going with Derrick Coleman...

Posted: a day ago

Today: Fullback Last offseason, the Falcons thought they had a deal for the return of fullback Patrick DiMarco. However, there was a delay in a signing after a family emergency due to a death. By the time DiMarco returned, he had a more lucrative offer from the Bills and the Pro Bowler was gone. The Falcons ended up going with Derrick Coleman...
Falcons have a gaping hole at defensive tackle 
 The Falcons’ board is set for the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The question is not if the Falcon will select a defensive tackle, it’s when they will do so.  The Falcons have a gaping hole at defensive tackle with the departure of starter Dontari Poe. He signed with the Panthers in...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Falcons’ board is set for the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The question is not if the Falcon will select a defensive tackle, it’s when they will do so.  The Falcons have a gaping hole at defensive tackle with the departure of starter Dontari Poe. He signed with the Panthers in...
Falcons schedule: Game-by-game breakdown
 The Falcons’ 2018 schedule was released on Thursday night and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter broke down each opponent for the upcoming season. After the exhibition schedule, the Falcons will play at the Eagles in a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional Playoff game to kick off the NFL...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Falcons’ 2018 schedule was released on Thursday night and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter broke down each opponent for the upcoming season. After the exhibition schedule, the Falcons will play at the Eagles in a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional Playoff game to kick off the NFL...
Falcons open season at Eagles, play at Saints on Thanksgiving
 The Falcons open the 2018 regular season at the Eagles with the NFL’s first game of the year - a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship. The other schedule highlight is a Thanksgiving Day game at the Saints, the Falcons’ first appearance on the holiday in 11 years. In all, the Falcons play three prime-time games, including...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Falcons open the 2018 regular season at the Eagles with the NFL’s first game of the year - a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship. The other schedule highlight is a Thanksgiving Day game at the Saints, the Falcons’ first appearance on the holiday in 11 years. In all, the Falcons play three prime-time games, including...
Dimitroff ready to move up for right player 
 Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn tinkered with the team’s digital draft board on Thursday. The NFL Draft is less than a week away and final preparations are being made. Dimitroff wouldn’t reveal the rankings or how much a player was shifted up or down on the ordered list.  The Falcons currently...

Posted: 4 days ago

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn tinkered with the team’s digital draft board on Thursday. The NFL Draft is less than a week away and final preparations are being made. Dimitroff wouldn’t reveal the rankings or how much a player was shifted up or down on the ordered list.  The Falcons currently...
Watch: What Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said about trading up in draft
 Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has shown a willingness to trade up in the first round of the NFL Draft. He has done so four times in his 10 years with the organization. Here is what Dimitroff said about the possibility of trading up from No. 26 in next week’s draft. Head coach Dan Quinn and Dimitroff met with the media Thursday...

Posted: 4 days ago

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has shown a willingness to trade up in the first round of the NFL Draft. He has done so four times in his 10 years with the organization. Here is what Dimitroff said about the possibility of trading up from No. 26 in next week’s draft. Head coach Dan Quinn and Dimitroff met with the media Thursday...
Godfather: Falcons held private workout for Fort Hays State’s Nathan Shepherd
 The Falcons’ top personnel men and coaches went to Hays, Kansas to hold a private workout for defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd.  “Their whole group went up to Fort Hayes State to work out Nathan Shepherd is what they did,” said “Godfather” Gil Brandt, a NFL analyst for Sirius XM NFL radio, on Wednesday. ...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Falcons’ top personnel men and coaches went to Hays, Kansas to hold a private workout for defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd.  “Their whole group went up to Fort Hayes State to work out Nathan Shepherd is what they did,” said “Godfather” Gil Brandt, a NFL analyst for Sirius XM NFL radio, on Wednesday. ...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons’ 2018 draft board is set 
 In the 52nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the Falcons’ draft board. The Falcons have the 26th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft, which is set for April 26 through 28 in Arlington, Texas. General manager Thomas Dimitroff has traded up in the first round of four of his 10 drafts since joining the...

Posted: 5 days ago

In the 52nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the Falcons’ draft board. The Falcons have the 26th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft, which is set for April 26 through 28 in Arlington, Texas. General manager Thomas Dimitroff has traded up in the first round of four of his 10 drafts since joining the...