Falcons Doing Due Diligence on Tight Ends

The Falcons have a need at tight end, and they've been doing the rounds. Scout.com has confirmed two team visits -- one that's already happened, and one that soon will.

On March 13, the Falcons welcome Boston College TE Ryan Purvis for a visit. Purvis is a 6-4, 254-pound blocking tight end who consistently rose in his production until the 2008 season, after Matt Ryan graduated and had what some might call a fairly decent rookie season with the Falcons. Purvis has that familiarity with Ryan, and he caught 54 passes in Ryan's senior season. That kind of rapport might be a great shortcut in Atlanta's growing offense.

Purvis is currently ranked as a bubble player -- he might be drafted in the late second day, though few teams would understand better why his production plummeted by 30 catches in 2008. He was still ranked second-team All-ACC when Boston College's offense required him to take more of a blocking role.

We don't have a confirmed date yet, but we know that the Falcons will also welcome Missouri TE Chase Coffman for a visit very soon. Atlanta had a detailed interview with Coffman at the Combine as well. The 6-6, 244-pound pass-catcher found himself in a very different situation than Purvis -- he starred in 2008 in Missouri's spread offense and didn't do much blocking at all. After three years of sharing catches with Martin Rucker, Coffman blew up in 2008, nabbing 90 balls for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Where teams have a problem in rating him now is that Coffman broke his foot in Missouri's Alamo Bowl win over Northwestern. He missed the Combine drills, didn't work out at his Pro Day, and still hasn't been able to work out for teams. He may wind up scheduling a private workout for several teams at a later date. Coffman is the son of former Green Bay Pro Bowl tight end Paul Coffman.

Both visits were reported to FalconInsider.com by Scout.com's Ed Thompson. Stay tuned for more news as it becomes available!

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