Brandon Lang could land with the Falcons

Troy's Brandon Lang (91) and Eugene Kinlaw (99) combine to drop Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFebvour during the GMAC Bowl on  Jan. 6, 2010 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.  (Mobile Press-Register, Chip English)

Troy's Brandon Lang (91) and Eugene Kinlaw (99) combine to drop Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFebvour during the GMAC Bowl on Jan. 6, 2010 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. (Mobile Press-Register, Chip English)

MOBILE – Troy State defensive end Brandon Lang is a player worth tracking for the Falcons leading up to the NFL draft.

If they go cornerback in the first round  — Boise State’s Kyle Wilson or Oklahoma State’s Perrish Cox — they would be back in the defensive end market.

Lang, of Tucker High, who had a strong week at the Senior Bowl, is trying to become the latest stud defensive end from Troy.

New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora was drafted in the second round (56 overall) of the 2003 draft.

DeMarcus Ware went to the Dallas Cowboys in the first round (11th overall) of the 2005 draft.

“They went through this same process and made a name for themselves,” Lang said. “I just hope that I can do the same thing.”

Lang, who is represented by Atlanta agent Hadley Engelhard, was pretty popular during the interviewing process as he met with more than 20 of the 32 teams, including the Falcons.

“I don’t know who has the most interest, but I talked to just about every team here,” said Lang, who ranks third in Troy history in tackles for losses, trailing only Ware and Umenyiora.

At Tucker, Lang played for head coach Bill Ballard, who’s now at Peachtree Ridge.

Roddy White is working on special teams at the Pro Bowl.

Roddy White is working on special teams at the Pro Bowl.

“In high school, I played tight end, defensive end, some linebacker, some wide receiver and quarterback,” Lang said.

PRO BOWL UPDATE: Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is set to play on the kickoff coverage and return teams in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

OWENS HOPING FOR COMBINE INVITE: Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens is hoping that a strong showing in the Senior Bowl will help him get an invite to the NFL scouting combine.

THURMAN COMEBACK?: Former Georgia standout and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has attracted some interest from NFL teams, according to his coach in the United Football League, writes our good buddy Geoff Hobson of

Thurman would have to start the reinstatement process first. He was suspended indefinitely by the league in June of 2008.

SPILLER NOT COMING HERE: The Falcons will not use their first round pick on Clemson running back C. J. Spiller.

The position is just not that high of a priority.

“The running back position is interesting because I think there are a bunch of guys you can get in the third or fourth round that can help you,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “Especially some of these SEC running backs. I’ll tell you the guy who just really intrigues me is (Dexter) McCluster.”

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D-bird in Chucktown

January 29th, 2010
11:54 am

I’m not saying it, but is it me?


January 29th, 2010
11:59 am

Hope they go DE and they could do worse than this guy.


January 29th, 2010
12:00 pm

D-bird, it was you

Magic Man

January 29th, 2010
12:01 pm

So, are you saying that Lang could come to the Falcons in the third round? We don’t have a second round pick. And, you said if we drafted Wilson or Cox, which would have to be in the first round, then De qould become a priority.

I think Lang would be a great pick in the third. I like Cox and Wilson, but I think the first round would be reaching for those guys. I do like Cox better than Patrick Robinson though.

I would rather us go DE in the first round. Maybe Dunlap if we interview him and feel character isn’t an issue. If not, maybe Everson Griffen falls to us, although he never really prodcued as his talent said he should. Jason Pierre-Paul is intriguing and may still be there at 19. Freak athlete, but raw in technique.

J dubb

January 29th, 2010
12:06 pm

Everybody is talking about Defense (and rightly so)….but I sure hope they get some deeper round O-line help too. I thought when we added TOny G last year, we would be unstoppable every posession; not only did we have trouble scoring against better defenses, but Matty got smacked around like a pinata A BUNCH!
D-Led, am I the only one who thinks the Birds UNDERachieved offesively last year?
I thought our run defense was respectable, but our secondary kept putting us in bad spots due to PA-INT penalties or just bad coverage. Defintely looking foward to TD’s draft wizardry again this year to re-make our DBs.


January 29th, 2010
12:06 pm

DOL, nuff respect for the info. Personally I’d like to see us go DE or OLB (with lots of speed off the edge).

Go Falcons!!!


January 29th, 2010
12:07 pm

Draft a defensive/offensive linemen first, please.


January 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

J dubb, I’m with you on that, our offence did under achieve. We certainly didn’t scare anyone IMO. With all the weapons we had “on paper”, the full potential was not realized on the field. I do admit we had some injuries but that’s part of the game, every one has injuries at some point. Perhaps that may be an indictment on our depth.

Go Falcons!!!

J dubb

January 29th, 2010
12:22 pm

Definitely got to get some BIG DBs….I don’t care how fast they are; if they’re shorter like Houston, or can’t turn and jump in the air (like Houston), I say pass on ‘em.
LOVE DeCoud and I hope the Christopher Owens kid can fulfill the promise he showed at the end of the year.
You know, Nookah, maybe its telling that this was the first year TG didnt go to the ProBowl…..he just seemed to have less of an impact than I thought (don’t worry, I know he still had one ofthe better years for all TEs) but I thought our offense would be closer to the Saints or Cardinals or Packers………why wasn’t it? Mularkey? I used to think he was one of the best – maybe I thought wrong?
I surely don’t know why we had trouble getting into the endzone from 5 yds out when we have Snelling, Muhelli, Turner and Gonzo – thats just ineptness.


January 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

Mularky didn’t have a good year. The one before was nice though.

OL had a lot to do with it. Love to have a,other quality OT. Baker’ll be OK, Clabo and/or Dahl stay in the rotation, but need to upgrade the talent.

With JA98 better as a rotation DT, and Sid/Beer no sure starter (much less real talent) a stud DE is a must.

We need a starter quality OLB.

I’d prefer the AJC spend more time evaluating the early picks. I’m not sold on a diamond in the ruff draft theory. The best guys are early for a reason and the excetions are one in a hundred and they take time to develop.


January 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

We have no choice but to grab our DE in the first round. The defensive end position is one that we simply can’t afford to miss on this year. This draft is full of possible corner help but less Defensive End help. Our young corners didn’t play well early yet they continued to improve throughtout the season. If we don’t get pressure on the opposing teams quarterback it won’t matter who is playing corner for us. Look at the Jets Defense. Revis is great, but if you look at total defense it is the pressure that the opposing QB is under that makes what they do tick. Revis couldn’t cover for 9 seconds so why are we expecting Grimes or Houston too? Just a thought.

We need to simply move down in the 1st round and possibly pick up a 2nd round pick for giving up our 19th pick slot. We can then pick late in the first grab our pass rusher and acquire our corner in the 2nd round. There will be plenty of guys that emerge at the combine that can help us at corner. If we are able to move down and draft needs in the first two rounds we will be in better position to build the team up in rounds 3-6.

Sly Ty

January 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

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January 29th, 2010
1:13 pm

You know more than us and have a better inside. Tell us what you think about how we stand at each position. Whether we need help or do we need to draft or would FA be the way to go. What pos. have good depth etc.

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Chuck Town

January 29th, 2010
1:17 pm

The Falcons, crazy Ga freaks and the AJC need to move past these players that played high school ball in the state of Ga. Look at the over all talent of everyone. There are plenty of needs DB, LD, DL ,OL ,WR, ST. Start drafting better play makers.

Sly Ty

January 29th, 2010
1:20 pm

As a fan of the birds, and of the Mad Scientist Dimitrof, I would like to draft….whoever it is that the Mad Scientist wants to draft. This “psychotic” evaluater of talent has brought of the Beer-man, Sidbury, Chaveous Jackson, Matt Ryan, Curtis Lofton, Harry Douglas, Thomas DeCoud, TONY GONZALEZ, and Christopher Owens. He has an abnormally high success rate in his decisions. If you don’t believe me, go an ask a Brown’s fan, or Lions fan, or Bill’s fan. After the Petrino Project, we were supposed to be where these franchises are. We are not only competetive, but we will be for a long time like the Eagles, Chargers, New England. So I simply say, I want whoever it is Dimitrof decides we need.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 29th, 2010
2:28 pm

J. dubb: I think the offense played about as good as expected with the injuries to Turner, Ryan, Norwood, Douglas and Baker playing with one arm (elbow injury).

The key is that they need a play maker on defense. One will drop to them. It could be a DE or a CB. Jason Pierre-Paul is going to rise and not be available when they pick if I go by what Mike Mayock and some of the other league folks told me down in Mobile.

I’m really intrigued by the Kyle Wilson kid. Here’s some youtube video on him.

They don’t have to go DE if think think Sidbury is a major comer. They let him learn his rookie year and with an offseason of working on his techniques, he could be a bigtime player. That would allow them to get a corner for the 28th rank pass defense and pick up another end (Lang) in the third.


January 29th, 2010
2:38 pm

Falcons need to draft a shut down corner in the first round, then get a d lineman or de then do whatever they can to get Mc Cluster, even if he has to be taken second

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 29th, 2010
2:40 pm

As noted by the Magic Man, the Falcons do not have a second round pick. They traded it to Kansas City for Tony Gonzalez.


January 29th, 2010
2:40 pm

SLY TY Said it all!

Observe & Report

January 29th, 2010
3:16 pm

What is it with cornerbacks and corn rows??? Is that a requirement?

D Money

January 29th, 2010
3:35 pm

We should address either the DE or CB position via free agency and get the other in the first round. I don’t want two rookies on the field trying to learn at key positions. One is enough.


January 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

On the DL of the four starters we have one about avg (abe unless he bounes back), a couple nearing avg (Jerry, Babs) and JA98 and Sids Beer, Lewis, Davis as below avg back up types (at best).

On the OL we have maybe a couple avgs and the rest below avg with a couple of very raw, totally unproven back ups. The OL over-achieved two years ago and could still do worse than last year if not up-graded.

I know we need an OLB, but I draft the lines. BPA is likely to be an OT or DE.


January 29th, 2010
3:47 pm

The Falcons trade their current (19th or 20th) first round pick for a late first round pick plus an additional third round pick. We still pick up the CB or DE plus can add a DE or CB and a LB or OLB with our two third round picks.


January 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

D.Led… Check out Perrsih Cox

I really like this guy… I think he has what it takes to be a #1 CB that can follow #1WR’s around the field (like he did in college)

J dubb

January 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

Yeah D. I realize injuries were rampant, but early in the season is when I was remembering, and it didn’t seem as if they were firing on all cylinders too often.

I can’t fault any of TD’s drafts moves yet…(He is LIGHT YEARS AHEAD of how McKay and Dan Reeves used to pick!)
I for one, am always more intrigued by the mid to later rounders because you don’t know much about them and they can really turn out to be a pleasant surprise. THe First rounders are great, but more of a flash in the pan if they can’t crack the starting lineup and impact right away. All the rookies have to ride the learning curve. (Well, I guess not M Ryan and C Lofton…)
I can’t wait to watch. Just re-upped my season tix.


January 29th, 2010
4:15 pm

what about the supplemental picks might the falcons get a two or a three ? is that a possibility ?

Bangkapi Ajarn

January 29th, 2010
4:26 pm

I THINK (if I recall) that the highest a supplemental pick can be is at the end of the third round. Best case scenario I have seen for the falcons, if the stars aligh correctly, etc., is a 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th.

January 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

Are the Falcons getting supplemental draft picks for losing all those FA’s last year? If so when we will hear about it and where will they shake out?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 29th, 2010
5:43 pm

Observe & Report: The cornrows don’t make the player.

J dubb: I think everybody had high expectations for the offense. They drop 45 on the 49ers before Matt started struggling with the INTS and Turner was hurt.

Bangkapi Ajarn
: That’s definitely the best case scenario. They will definitely get some for Foxworth, Brooking and Boley. And might not get anything for my man Big Grady!

: I’m going to check it out. But after talking to him at Mobile, I don’t think he’s getting by the “character” police. He looked at me like I was crazy when I asked him if he was married to the mother of any of his three kids. But dude can cover and is supposed to be a great blitzer.

Don’t tell anybody, but I’m writing while Dr. Phil is on TV in the background. (The Pro Football Writers of America might snatch my card if this goes public.)


January 29th, 2010
6:20 pm

Could Odell Thurman get through the Falcons Filter?


January 29th, 2010
6:42 pm

I am thinking draft Dunlap for DE and sign Dunta Robinson as a free agent to play CB


January 29th, 2010
6:53 pm

DOL, I see you have been busy. This is good stuff, keep it coming.


January 29th, 2010
7:24 pm


Did you hear that Thomas Dimitroff nfl sirius radio interview ?

If so… Did he say anything interesting ?


January 29th, 2010
8:35 pm

OMG..Falcons fans…can we please stop making excuses for the terrible offense we witnessed this year…THE MAJOR INJURIES DIDNT START UNTIL WK 10 AGAINST CAROLINA (minus harry douglas)…that was when turner initially went down…minus the performance against San Fran they really underachieved…from turners fumbles, to matt ryans int’s, to jenkins just being one of the falcons most useless players..I don’t know about you all but I expected a lil more (which is why i spent my hard earned money on the NFL TICKET and numerous falcons jerseys)…i know we need to fix this defense but i honestly feel like we are a Great OTackle away from being a Dynamic offense. I say use the first round pick on that…then get Wilfork and Cromartie in FA..cmon Mr. Blank i know we got the money…show your fans that you truly want to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 29th, 2010
9:18 pm

ATLJBO: I was in the press box writing the Tebow story and heard the questions from Ryan and Kirwan. But didn’t hear what Thomas was saying. He was talking through Jim Miller, who was down on the field with the mic. I will try to get a copy of the interview from Sirius. They asked about Douglas, congratulated Thomas for extending Babinueax. (Kirwan really likes Babineaux).

Falcon21: Thanks for the kind words.

BT: I need some more information on his struggles. If he’s matured and is over his Grandmother’s death, Georgia might be the right place for him.

Mike in Savannah

January 29th, 2010
9:27 pm

I’m sorry to disappoint everyone, but there are no CBs or DEs worth the 19th pick. There is no way TD is drafting anyone with character issues either (Parrish Cox). And how would you justify the Falcons drafting yet ANOTHER young CB who needs to learn the system? They should be looking to sign a veteran CB who can help right away and let Biermann or Sidbury take over the DE position fulltime. DT is a need that can be filled later in the draft, but we also have Jerry coming back from injury. We don’t need Taylor Mays because we have DeCoud, Moore, and Coleman already at the safety positions. Mike Peterson is going to be 34 next year and Stephen Nicolaus was barely average. We need a standout LB who is not prone to injury and can play with a high motor and is a great blitzer. Sean Weatherspoon is that guy.

Delbert D.

January 29th, 2010
11:07 pm

Patrick Robinson? Oh, no. He wasn’t even the best (was there a best?) in the FSU defensive backfield. And please don’t draft another DE. What will he do, tutor under Sidbury? Play Kroy Biermann more.

What the Falcons really missed was their 400+ pounder at tackle.


January 29th, 2010
11:20 pm

I just dont think Perrish Cox “character issues” are as major as some are making them.

I cant wait to see what direction Thomas Dimitroff goes in.


January 30th, 2010
12:22 am

I thought Brandon Lang was a former QB and gambler? Is this not the same guy?

Also I am not big on Perrish Cox coming to the ATL. After I watched him play against GA in the opener this season I thought he would be good for us but now I am not so certain and I certainly don’t think that you should take him in the 1st. If we end up with a 2nd round pick then it’s a possibility but you can get better value in the 1st than Cox.

What about Sergio Kindle? Also nobody is mentioning Earl Thomas who I think would be a great pick for us in the 1st.

I actually like Jonathen Dwyer from GT as well to strengthen the RB position and set up Turners replacement but obviously we aren’t taking a RB in the 1st.

Mike in Savannah

January 30th, 2010
1:36 am

Explicit, Sergio Kindle is a DE/LB tweener, better suited in a 3-4 defense. Earl Thomas is a safety. We don’t need another safety. We are pretty set at the position with Moore, Coleman, and DeCoud.

ATLJBO, Parrish Cox was held out of the Cotton Bowl for violating team rules, was arrested for driving without a license, has 3 kids that we have no idea how he is contributing towards, and gives a terrible interview. Sure he doesn’t seem so bad now, but how is he going to react after a big payday? Just don’t see anybody stretching to get him in the 1st round.

Mike in Savannah

January 30th, 2010
1:54 am


January 30th, 2010
2:21 am

Coming in 30 mins late is a dumbass mistake… so is driving without a license…. Ive done both and i know im not a bad guy…. I know its a difference but a young dude will make dumbass mistakes sometimes…

Ive never seen a guy having kids as bad thing like yall are making it out to be… ill see if the man was in a situation like Mcfadden was… Like 8 chics saying he got them prego..

You guys are acting like this man was caught drunk behind the wheel of his car… Oh… That’s Dunlap…. Or caught with drugs.

IDK…I guess i don’t see things like you guys see them….. I agree that we don’t need any bad character guys on this team. I dont look at youth mistakes as bad character issues.

I’m sure Thomas Dimitroff and the FO is doing research on the guy.

Ken Strickland

January 30th, 2010
2:26 am

Drafting a DE with our 1st pick doesn’t automatically mean he’ll have an impact of our pass rush. We have several options to consider that could render picking another DE too early a moot point.

(1) We always have the possibility of DE JAbraham returning to form.

(2) We have the possibility of 2nd yr DE LSidbury making the same leap in progress made last yr by 3rd yr starting DE KBiermann.

(3) We have the possibility of 3rd yr DE KBiermann taking another leap in progress and having a real breakout yr.


I also see us having vast improvement in our DT’s. DT VWalker has a yr under his belt after a strong rookie season. DT TJohnson has a yr under his belt after a strong season. DT/DE JAnderson has a successful yr of experience under his belt while primarily playing DT. PJerry is returning from IR, and TLewis will return from completing his 1st injury free season. The fate of JBabineaux will be the only question mark at DT.

I see us drafting either a CB or LB with our 1st rd pick. With the jury still out on CB THill, and with CB BWilliams being a FA, we’re rather thin at CB. With TGilbert, CWire, 2nd yr LB SAdkins and RJames, who weighs only 220lbs, as our backup LB’s, we need to upgrade the position.


January 30th, 2010
6:03 am

I agree with poster “Joseph” and Mayock: Luv Ole Miss’ McCluster as our change-of-pace RB, but I bet a lot of other teams do, too and see him as a poor man’s Percy Harvin. No way he is around by the time we get to our 3rd round draft spot.

You hit the key … our 1st round selection depends (ironically) on how much upside TD/Smitty believes Biermann and Sidbury will make in 2010. No way we get a starting DE in the 3rd round.

TD must work a plan to get back into the 2nd round, esp,. once we find out our compensatory picks.


January 30th, 2010
8:57 am

The Falcons can always trade for a second round pick if there is a player available they feel they must have.

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January 30th, 2010
10:08 am

I think we should draft future Pro-Bowlers in each round.

This draft thing is a piece of cake!

Falcons Fan

January 30th, 2010
11:37 am

I know running back is not top priority for the falcons but lets keep it real which Michael Turner do the falcons have 2008 or 2009? I was not impressed with his backups either. I not saying mortgage the future for C.J. Spiller or Jonathan Dwyer but if they are the best player available when the falcons pick then so be it, why reach for another Jamal Anderson/ Peria Jerry bust! Picking another loser that will only set the falcons back further. Draft Playmakers regardless of who is on the roster. Competition breeds better overall play for the team!


January 30th, 2010
11:52 am

DOL – Fantastic job my brother! Thanks again for the kind words the other day.

Not as Bad @ CB – I may run the risk of being called an eternal optimist and wearing rose colored glasses, but I don’t think we’re as bad off at cornerback as many of us believe (including myself in the until the end). Chris Owens and Brent Grimes played really, really well at the end of the year. Owens might as well be penciled in, IMO, because he only got better when he finally took one of the starting positions. He had a few hiccups, but not many for a third round draft pick. And Grimes has finally proven to be a legit corner in the NFL (and proven many doubters wrong in the process, including me). He may not be the tallest, but his effort and intensity is unparalleled. He tied for 5th with 6 ints, in limited starts, and only 2 CB’s had more picks (Asante Samuel, Charles Woodson) not bad company.

CB Depth – Speaking of the cornerbacks on our depth chart, there’s some talent there as well. While Houston should not be starting on the outside anymore, he still has a lot of talent, quickness, and speed to use and is stull very young. He could be a big asset in the nickel, but I get the sinking feeling that Coach Smith and Co. will plug him back in at starting CB next year (which will be an outrage). Also, we’ll have Tye Hill (who showed flashes, was a 1st round pick, and we gave a 7th rounder for), and Chevis Jackson (who digressed some after an impressive rookie campaign). Doubtful we re-sign Brian Williams due to his terrible injury and we only inked him for a one-year deal. Why draft a CB in the first round not named Haden, which carries huge risk, and we already have a pretty deep pool of D-Backs? Not to mention the fact that William Moore will be adding excellent depth as a 3rd safety, backing up two good ones already on the roster. A CB in the 3rd or 4th round will give the same advantage (particularly with TD’s ability to mine CB talent). Final Question: would Kyle Wilson, Donovan Warren, Patrick Robinson, or Perrish Cox make an immediate impact next year? That much better than Grimes or Owens? JMHO.