Tigers Begin Journey For NFL Dreams

Spoon gets drafted but other Tiger players go free agent routes hopes of living the NFL dream

On Thursday evening, the Atlanta Falcons selected Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon with the 19th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.  Atlanta wasted little time in reporting the pick to NFL officials, a sign that the Falcons had targeted Weatherspoon for selection with this pick.

Weatherspoon joins former Tiger teammate William Moore and former Oklahoma LB Curtis Lofton on the Falcons' defense.  Weatherspoon said that he was pleased with Atlanta as his destination, and that playing with Willie MO and Lofton would be an added bonus.

Weatherspoon traveled to Atlanta on Friday, and will return to Atlanta this Wednesday to meet with team officials and local media one day prior to participating in the Falcons' rookie mini-camp, which gets under way on Thursday.

Missouri fans waited throughout the draft to hear the name of another Tiger called, but that hope was not answered.  In the aftermath of the draft, four more Mizzou grads have reached agreement on free-agent deals with NFL teams, and/or have been invited to participate in their team's respective rookie mini-camps beginning this Thursday.  Kurtis Gregory (Carolina Panthers), Jared Perry (San Francisco Forty-Niners), Jaron Baston (Denver Broncos), and Brian Coulter (Chicago Bears) will each begin the process of proving themselves NFL-worthy this week.

"It's a chance," said Coulter.  "That's what I wanted, a chance to show them what I can do."

As for Missouri grad Danario Alexander, it became obvious as the draft wound down on Saturday that teams don't believe that Alexander's knee will permit him to gain medical clearance to play at this time.  Patience is the word.

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