Falcons watch potential picks at Combine

The Falcons paid close attention to the action Sunday at the Combine. Could another Georgia native be a target?

The Falcons watched carefully Sunday as a few of their potential draft picks performed at the NFL Combine.

Clemson’s Vic Beasley ran a 4.53 40-yard dash. It was the fastest of the day for the defensive linemen and linebackers. Beasley may move back up the mock drafts after his performance in Indianapolis. He measured in at 6-3, 246 pounds with 32.5” arm length and 9 3/8” hands.

It’s ironic that NFL.com compared Beasley to Seattle’s Bruce Irvin, who was an integral part of Dan Quinn’s defense with the Seahawks. Irvin is listed at 6-3, 248. He has 16.5 sacks for Seattle in his three years in the NFL.

Florida’s Dante Fowler, Jr. measured at 6-3, 261 with 33 ¾” arm length and 9.5” hands. He ran his 40-yard in 4.6 seconds. Fowler was coached by Quinn at Florida in 2012.

Lean Randy Gregory came in at 6-5, 235 with 34” arm length and 10” hands. His 40-yard dash was at 4.64 seconds. Some believe Gregory may not be on the board when Atlanta picks at number eight in the first round.

Kentucky’s Bud Dupree showed off tremendous athleticism at the Combine. He measured at 6-4, 269 pounds with 32 5/8 arm length and 9 3/4” hands. Dupree’s broad jump was 11’6”, best of the day, while his vertical jump was 42 inches (second-best by a linebacker). His 4.56 in the 40-yard was third-best among linebackers.

Oregon’s Arik Armstead, who was the Falcons’ projected pick in Mel Kiper’s last mock draft, ran a 5.10 40-yard dash. He was measured at 6-7, 292 pounds with 33” arm length and 10.5” hands.

Missouri’s Shane Ray, projected to be a top-10 pick, did not participate due to a foot injury.

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