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.
“In high school, I played tight end, defensive end, some linebacker, some wide receiver and quarterback,” Lang said.
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Thurman would have to start the reinstatement process first. He was suspended indefinitely by the league in June of 2008.
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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.”