The Atlanta Falcons had a screaming need on the offensive line leading into the 2010 NFL Draft. The franchise took that need seriously with two picks on the offensive line, the second of which was fourth-round pick Joe Hawley from UNLV. Hawley is an asset with his versatility in the interior of the line, including starting at both guard and center during his college career with the Runnin' Rebels.
Atlanta Falcons rookie Corey Peters is more than just a massive defensive tackle. A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in history, he also knows a thing of two about our country, particularly in his area of interest: the Old South and the U.S. prior to the Civil War.
In addition to drafting defensive back Dominique Franks in the fifth round of this year's NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons kept up their defensive focus in the sixth round, where they drafted Montana safety Shann Schillinger. A four-year letterman for the Grizzlies, Schillinger is known for a big frame and a lot of tackles (39 solo in his senior season). The Times' James Wolfe met with Schillinger after the last day of Falcons organized team activities to discuss how the first series of practices went, how the defense looks compared to last season, and what the 24-year-old hopes to ...
At 5-foot-11 and 194 pounds, defensive back Dominique Franks was one of the most dynamic players taken in this year's NFL Draft. The former Oklahoma Sooner was picked in the fifth round by the Falcons, who were looking to bolster a pass defense that finished 28th in the league last season. Franks signed a four-year deal with the Falcons on June 16 and may compete on special teams as well as defense this coming season. The Times' sports reporter James Wolfe spoke with Franks after the last day of Falcons' Organized Team Actvities about his early challenges in the ...
With Justin Blalock and Harvey Dahl set to become free agents in 2011, the Atlanta Falcons knew they would soon have possible holes to fill on the offensive line. With their third-round pick in this year's NFL draft, the Falcons selected Alabama's Mike Johnson, a solid player that NFL.com states "knows how to get the job done." By drafting the 6-foot-5, 312-pounder, Atlanta hopes to begin grooming a productive starter at the guard position.
The Atlanta Falcons signed fourth round draft pick Joe Hawley (117 overall) and fifth round pick cornerback Dominique Franks (135 overall) to contracts on Tuesday. Terms of the each deal were not disclosed.
June 16, 2010|
From staff reports
From the very first pick in this year's NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons showed they were dedicated to improving a defense which finished 21st in the league last season. Instead of trading the 19th pick, an idea that the organization had toyed with, the Falcons selected Missouri outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Falcons coach Mike Smith said, "We have a very urgent and passionate football player that can play both the Sam (strongside) and Will (weakside) linebacker in our scheme." On Wednesday, Weatherspoon spoke with Times sports reporter James Wolfe to discuss how his first series of activities with the ...
The Atlanta Falcons will hold its third annual Friday Night Lights team scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at North Gwinnett High in Suwanee. Friday Night Lights is open to the public and admission is free.