Pro Move

Ryan Stanchek was getting interest from more than one team during the final rounds of the NFL Draft, but like many college stars wasn't selected in the weekend process.

Stanchek, West Virginia's offensive line anchor for the past three seasons, wasn't fazed by that, however. He knew that the interest would likely morph into a free agent signing, and that quickly happened.

"I just believed in my agent, and pretty much put it in his hands," the Mountaineer alumnus said of the post-draft process. "He told me some teams were looking at me in the later rounds, and he pretty much told me what was going on. He had a good idea of what teams would be good for me, and he took care of a lot of the process."

That led to a quick signing with the Atlanta Falcons, a team with which Stanchek is not familiar – yet.

"I don't think I know anyone on that team, and I haven't really gone through the roster yet, although some of my friends have," he said with a laugh. "They are already looking at who I might be competing with, but I haven't done anything like that yet."

Most of Stanchek's time since the draft has been spent in completing the contracts and forms required to make his ties to the Falcons official.

"They faxed me all the contracts to sign, and I've already sent those back. That was the first thing – to get all that stuff taken care of. I'm expecting a package today with a lot more information in it. That will have all the details on the first mini-camp and my travel down there. I am really excited about that, but I don't know a lot about what we'll be doing just yet. I did talk to one of the coaches there, but I didn't get a lot of details. I know I'll be there as long as they need me."

Stanchek is slated to travel to Georgia next Thursday, and will be competing with one other free agent signee, Jose Valdez of Arkansas, for early attention. The Falcons waived offensive lineman Nathan Bennett on Tuesday, but still have 13 other offensive lineman on their roster.


Stanchek talked with fellow offensive lineman Greg Isdaner, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys after the draft.

"I'm really excited for him. He fits their mold, and I think he has a good chance there."

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