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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution projects Tevin Coleman as 1A on the depth chart and Devonta Freeman as 1B.

Coleman, the third-round rookie out of Indiana, brings superior physical skills to the table. The diminutive Freeman will remain in the mix as a change-of-pace option and potential third-down back. Homerun hitter Antone Smith also figures to get some chances. But as long as Coleman keeps his nose in front of this committee, he'll have serious upside thanks in large part to the presence of run-game guru Kyle Shanahan.
May 5 - 9:21 AM

No. 8 overall pick Vic Beasley will be the Falcons' "Leo" outside pass rusher at weak-side defensive end.

It was Cliff Avril's position in new Atlanta coach Dan Quinn's defense. Beasley is a suspect run defender and doesn't play with overwhelming physicality, but possesses the best get-off in this year's draft and will literally be able to run by or around slower-footed left tackles. We like Beasley as an eight-sack threat right away and double-digit producer down the line.
May 4 - 6:00 PM

Falcons signed FB Collin Mooney.

Mooney last appeared in a regular-season game in 2013, where he tore his hamstring. He'll be lucky to survive first cuts in Atlanta.
May 4 - 2:36 PM

Devonta Freeman is expecting the Falcons to use a multi-back system this season.

The Falcons are a great bet to improve their run game under new OC Kyle Shanahan. The question is who will be getting the carries. Expect Freeman, third-round rookie Tevin Coleman and home-run hitter Antone Smith to all be in the mix. We'd give Coleman the edge for a majority share right now based on natural talent, but exact roles will be sorted out through competition.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 12:16 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff suggested a contract extension for Julio Jones will be a priority.

Now that the draft is over, the Falcons are expected to open negotiations with Jones. He's currently set to hit unrestricted free agency following this season. At just 26 years old with uniquely dominant ability, the Falcons are going to have to pony up Calvin Johnson kind of money. Julio is set to tear the roof off the league this year as Roddy White continues to fade into the distance.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 9:37 AM

Falcons 2014 third-round pick Dez Southward practiced at cornerback during the team's pre-draft minicamp.

The 68th overall pick in last year's draft, Southward had a disappointing rookie season at safety, failing to beat out Kemal Ishmael for snaps. Southward stands 6-foot, 211 and is wildly athletic. In ex-Seahawks DC Dan Quinn's Cover 3, Southward could make for an intriguing press-corner prospect. That need was lessened, however, when Atlanta drafted CB Jalen Collins on Friday night.
May 3 - 7:40 PM

Falcons signed Florida Atlantic S Damian Parms.

Parms (6'1/201) played special teams and strong safety for the Owls, piling up 11.5 career TFLs, three forced fumbles, and an interception as a full-time starter for two seasons. He ran 4.59/4.61 at the FAU Pro Day with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Parms is too stiff-hipped to man center field in the pros, but fills aggressively in the box and could push for snaps as a tone setter down the line. He'll open his career covering kickoffs and punts.
May 2 - 10:16 PM

Falcons signed TCU CB Kevin White.

White (5'9/183) made 40 starts as a Horned Frog, tallying six career INTs and three forced fumbles. A second-team All-Big 12 pick by the conference's coaches, White's shining senior-year moment was holding namesake Kevin White of West Virginia to a 3-28-0 receiving line in November. TCU's White is short on size and speed (4.63), and lacks the quickness required to excel at slot corner. He was a good college corner who will likely struggle to transition.
May 2 - 8:13 PM

Falcons selected San Jose State S Akeem King with the No. 249 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

A former receiver, King (6'2/215), shifted to safety late in his freshman season. He ran a nice 4.43 40 at his Pro Day, and posted a 37.5-inch vertical. King was not a big-time playmaker for the Spartans, and will likely to be limited to special teams in the big leagues.
May 2 - 6:21 PM

Falcons selected Eastern Washington OT Jake Rodgers with the No. 225 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Rodgers (6'6/315) was a starter at Washington State before transferring to EWU, where he became an FCS All-American tackle. A former tight end, Rodgers is a plus athlete on the line with a 5.24 forty time and 30 1/2-inch vertical. Rodgers needs a ton of technical work -- especially with using his hands -- but has the body type and movement skills of an NFL offensive lineman. He's a developmental prospect with upside.
May 2 - 5:27 PM

Falcons selected Clemson DT Grady Jarrett with the No. 137 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Falcons double dip with Clemson defensive prospects. Jarrett (6'1/304) made 37 starts for the Tigers, tallying 29.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He was first-team All ACC as a senior. Jarrett ran 5.06 at the Combine, also recording an impressive 31-inch vertical, 30 bench-press reps, and 31 on the Wonderlic. Described by Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris as "90 percent of Aaron Donald," Jarrett is a quick-twitch interior rusher who defends the run well, which should translate to an every-down role in the pros. Jarrett is capable of playing both one- and three-technique tackle.
May 2 - 1:46 PM

Falcons selected ECU WR Justin Hardy with the No. 107 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

After Harry Douglas departed in free agency, the Falcons might have just drafted his replacement. Hardy (5'10/192) originally walked on at ECU, yet went on to break Ryan Broyles' record for most receptions in NCAA history (387), parlaying them into 4,541 yards (11.7 YPR) and 35 TDs. A pedestrian athlete, Hardy ran 4.56 at the Combine with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump. He does have big hands (10") and an excellent three-cone time (6.63). A quicker-than-fast chain mover, Hardy projects as a slot receiver only in the pros. He doesn't have the skill set to win on the perimeter.
May 2 - 12:30 PM

Falcons selected Indiana RB Tevin Coleman with the No. 73 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Coleman (5'11/206) was an absurdly productive college runner, parlaying 452 career carries into 3,219 yards (7.12 YPC!) and 28 TDs. He caught 54 passes in three seasons at IU. Coleman underwent post-season surgery on his right big toe and didn't work out until an April 15 Pro Day, where Coleman ran 4.39. On tape, Coleman exhibits stiff hips and can't beat contact, but his home-run ability is indisputable and rare. And Coleman can pass protect, which will get him on the field early. A boom-or-bust runner, Coleman has similarities to Chris Johnson in his prime, but also to Felix Jones as a one-trick-pony winner of open-field college sprints. Despite his limitations, Coleman will make for a high-ceiling fantasy prospect in Atlanta with run-game guru Kyle Shanahan. Coleman is a superior runner and all-around player to Devonta Freeman.
May 1 - 10:07 PM

Falcons selected LSU CB Jalen Collins with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Seahawk coaching tree rears its head. Collins (6'2/203) was a rotational corner in college, making ten career starts and intercepting three passes. Despite not being a full-time player, Collins had the second lowest 2014 "burn rate" (35.6 percent) among draft-eligible corners. Collins ran 4.48 at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical and impressive 6.77 three-cone time. Smart (28 Wonderlic), plus sized and physical, Collins has drawn Xavier Rhodes comparisons for his press-man skills. Like Rhodes did coming out of FSU, however, Collins has a tendency to get sloppy with his technique and may require hard coaching. Collins has No. 1-cornerback upside, but it may not happen right away. He will have time to develop, as the Falcons have a top corner in Desmond Trufant.
May 1 - 8:04 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers are eyeing a cornerback in the second round, but may have to trade up to land him.

ESPN's Adam Schefter has already reported that the Steelers are considering trading up, perhaps with Tennessee at No. 33. The Steelers' second rounder isn't until No. 56, where players like LSU's Jalen Collins and Utah's Eric Rowe could already be gone. The Steelers need help all over their secondary.
May 1 - 4:01 PM


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