Falcons Expand Their Reach

We've got three more names to add to the burgeoning list of interests/visits/workouts for the Falcons as time ticks ever closer to the draft. And hold up here -- this list has nothing but offensive players!

Scout.com's Ed Thompson reports that Atlanta quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave will work out Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater on April 13. Brandstater is currently ranked ninth on NFLDraftScout.com's quarterback board. He's a fiercely intelligent person who got his degree in Communications before his junior year, and he's now working on his Master's.

From a quarterback standpoint, he has the leadership[p and arm strength teams want to see, though his mobility and accuracy are questioned. Brandstater completed 59.6 percent of his passes in 2008 after a 65.7 total in 2007. What he showed at the Combine and his Pro Day raised his stock in many eyes. In Indianapolis, he did all the drills and impressed those in attendance on the floor of Lucas Oil Stadium with his ability to make several different throws.

Brandstater threw a lot out of a spread offense look, and that transition is always a difficult one for new NFL quarterbacks. Still, his intelligence just might make him the exception to the rule.

Scout.com's Chris Steuber tells us that the Falcons will have a private workout with Louisville center Eric Wood on April 12th and 13th.   Wood is climbing most draft boards as teams get a better look at his durability, intelligence, and quickness.

Wood started his last 49 consecutive games for the Cardinals, he's a renowned film junkie, and he's got good explosion off the snap. While there are some questions about his height (6-4 -- most teams like their centers a little shorter) and stiff hips when he's moving laterally, Wood has impressed just about everyone who's taken a closer look.

Aaron Wilson of ProFootballTalk.com reports that Oklahoma guard Duke Robinson will visit the Falcons in the near future. Of course, Robinson won't have to ask for directions -- he grew up in Georgia and attended Booker T. Washington High in Atlanta. A pointman for the NCAA's best offensive line in 2008, Robinson is a huge (6-5, 329) player with amazing strength and leverage. He's more an in-line dominator that a zone-blocking speedster. Still, he'd be a very interesting fit on Paul Boudreau's power zone system.

We'll keep you posted on these players, as well as everyone else the Falcons have their eye on. Stay tuned and keep reading!


Doug Farrar is the Publisher of Falcon Insider. He also writes for Football Outsiders, the Washington Post, ESPN.com, and the Seattle Times. Feel free to e-mail Doug here.


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