Several reports have the Falcons interested in offensive lineman Isaiah Battle, who will be in the NFL Supplemental Draft on July 9.
Battle announced last week he will leave Clemson before his senior season due to "family matters, with a child due this summer." He has also had some disciplinary issues while at Clemson.
Battle played in 27 games for the Tigers, starting 11 games last season. He's 6-7 and 290 pounds. Battle is expected to work out for teams on July 7 in what amounts to a late pro day workout.
The Falcons have signed free agents Mike Person, Tyler Polumbus and Chris Chester to help the depth on the offensive line. They also have Joe Hawley, Lamar Holmes and Peter Konz coming back from significant injuries.
Their interest in Battle is likely as a long-term project that they can develop into a potential starting lineman. Most analysts see Battle as a raw player with tremendous potential. Some believed Battle might be a Top 5 lineman in next year's draft if he had returned to Clemson for his final season.
If the Falcons were to select Battle, they would forego their pick in the regular draft next April in the same round they selected Battle.
The reports of Atlanta's interest at least show the Falcons are not totally satisfied with their future offensive line. The front office drafted Jake Matthews last season, but it has struck out on several high draft picks at the position in the last few years.
The Falcons last selected a player in the Supplemental Draft in 1984 when they took three players (Joey Jones, Mike McInnis and Dennis Woodberry). They also selected linebacker Matthew Teague in the seventh round of the 1980 Supplemental Draft.
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