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 Bengals.com.

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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BOB

January 30th, 2010
12:04 pm

Richard Samuels should be available because of an expiring contract. With his Georgia and TD connections, he becomes an option for strengthening the defensive line.

Concerning the offense, I still believe that a big ,strong and fast receiver is needed. TG is big; RW is allegedly fast but a receiver like the kid in Denver would help MR ’s growth and development.A trade would be the first option regarding a big, fast and stong wide out.

IF, the Falcons have any money then Free Agency should be the to get a left tackle and a cover corner. Won’t win with inexperience at those two key positions.

NFL News and Notes - January 30, 2010

January 30th, 2010
12:25 pm

[...] defensive end Brandon Lang has caught the eye of the Atlanta Falcons, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta [...]

[...] [Falcons] Falcons Won't Reach For A RB Early In The Draft 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." Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution [...]

Ken Strickland

January 30th, 2010
1:02 pm

D3-NO, no one with any football intelligence would label you an ETERNAL OPTIMIST. You’re just an Atlanta Falcon fan with an indepth understanding of football, period. Although, there seems to be a noticable shortage of Falcon fans that can claim that distinction, based on some of these posts.

Some, for some unknown reason, seem to be obcessed with wanting the Falcons to draft a RB with our 1st pick. They seem to think MTurners injury, and the fact he didn’t duplicate his previous yrs Probowl performance, means we have to automatically consider RB our #1 priority, like there’s a RB in this draft, especially one available at #19 or 20, would automatically do better.

Then there’s the camp that insists on us having to draft a shutdown CB that’s 6′ or taller, like there’s one in this draft that will fall into our laps at #19 or 20. There are simply too many Falcon fans that can’t seem to differentiate between real football and fantasy football. I see the key to improving our overall DEF being improving our pass rush, which I think will happen based on the individual improvement of the DEF linemen already on our roster.

On OFF, the biggest improvement we could make is to get our OFF Coordinator to do a better job of utilizing the talent at RB. This will be OC Mularky’s 3rd season, and he’s never taken advantage of JNorwoods speed, quickness and elusiveness, by using screens and/or swing passes to isolate him on LB’s out in space. Mularky seems to have some fixation with end arounds, which hasn’t produced any favorable results. It makes no sense to spend a high draft pick on another quick, fast, elusive change of pace RB if our OC is going to insist on running him between the tackles like a power RB. His narrowminded approach could likely be the contributing factor to Norwood’s injury problems.

ATLJBO

January 30th, 2010
1:20 pm

MAN…D3… I think you guys are erasing the first 13 games and just remember the last 3 games… The last 3 games were awesome but you cant forget about how our CB’s played before those 3 games…. When Abe came out and complained about the CB play….

I like Owens… I think the guy has what it takes to be a really good CB in this league… I feel like Grimes would be a really good NB because the guy can really show his ball when everything is in front of him…. I think we need one more CB to put on the island opposite of Owens.

If you listen to Coach Smith and Thomas Dimitroff end of the year press conferences it sound like they want another CB…. It sound like Coach Smith wants a bigger type CB.

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D3

January 30th, 2010
1:57 pm

1st Round Draft Pick Corners Since 2002

2002
-Quentin Jammer (5th) – Legit starting corner
-Phillip Buchanon (17th) – Been released and bounced around (Oak, TB, Det)
-Lito Sheppard (26th) – Made Pro-Bowl, but was expendable by Eagles, benched this playoffs
-Mike Rumph (27th) – Out of football since 2007

2003
-Terrence Newman (5th) – Legit starting corner, made Pro Bowl
-Andre Woolfork (28th) – Out of football since 2007
-Sammy Davis (29th) – Didn’t get picked up by any team last year
-Nnamdi Asomugha (30th) – Beyond legit, one of the best CB’s in the game

2004
-Deangelo Hall (8th) – Enough said
-Dunta Robinson (10th) – Legit starting CB
-Ahmad Carroll (25th) – Lost starting job after 2nd year, started 1 game since; been w/ 3 diff teams
-Chris Gamble (28th) – Legit starting CB;

2005
-Pacman Jones (6th) – Enough said
-Antrel Rolle (8th) – Legit DB, but moved to FS
-Carlos Rogers (9th) – Legit CB
-Fabian Washington (23rd) – Up and down career, lost starting job in Oak; Reprised in Balt
-Marlin Jackson (29th) – Only played in 11 games since 2007, starting 7 of them

2006 to present to come……….

ATLJBO – I certainly don’t disagree that we should draft a corner (hoping for 3rd round), but IMHO, I think taking a chance on a CB that’s not a lock (Haden) is too big of risk, and TD being able to mine out a player like Chris Owens could do just as well as a first rounder. Chris Houston starting was one of the main reasons for the really poor pass coverage, IMO. That being said, if we were to trade down and pick up a second rounder I wouldn’t have a problem taking a chance on a CB in the first. Not sure many teams will be wanting to let go of a 2nd rounder this year, though.

D the Man

January 30th, 2010
2:53 pm

I played with this guy at Tucker (Thomas Brown, too)….He was a hig quality individual and a good guy all around. Hope TD brings him home.

ATLJBO

January 30th, 2010
3:14 pm

D3.. Lets look at the recent years

2007

Leon Hall- Legit CB (was one of the best in the NFL last week)
Darrelle Revis- Legit CB (Best in the league)
Aaron Ross – up and down…mainly because of injury

2008

Leodis McKelvin- looks like a good #2 CB (was injured this year)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie- Legit CB (Probowl)
Mike Jenkins – Legit CB (Probowl)
Antoine Cason- a up incoming CB
Aqib Talib- Legit CB

If we can get a good CB in the 3rd round that’s cool…. I used to be one of those guys that never wanted to draft a 1st round CB… But after i saw how guys like Leon Hall and Mike Jenkins has become really good CB’s (i didnt think they were going to become good CB’s)….I feel like Perrish Cox could be one of those types of CB’s… Ive watched dude games all year…. He is very good… So is Kyle Wilson.

But yea… If we can find another good CB in the 3rd round… Thats cool.

D3

January 30th, 2010
4:05 pm

ATLJBO – Great point. We’re right on the same page, because I just finished that research and it seems that GM’s have figured something out, because they’ve been hitting on them the last couple of years. I agree with you, if one of those guys (Kyle Wilson, Perrish Cox) is the next Mike Jenkins or Darrelle Revis, than pull the trigger, but if not I’m confident TD can mine another CB in the later rounds. I think Tye Hill will surprise some people next year (let’s hope) and Houston could be a solid Nickel. We’ll see today at the Senior Bowl.

Question?????

January 30th, 2010
6:04 pm

DOL:
How are the sides of the Senior Bowl picked? Is it based on where the kids are originally from? I see Clemson players on the north and players who are from the state of Florida on the North team as well. Can’t figure it out….

richbrave

January 30th, 2010
7:51 pm

So how did the receiver from CLEMSON and the DE from RICHMOND do this past season?

D3

January 30th, 2010
8:34 pm

richbrave -Aaron Kelly (Clemson) was cut in last round of cuts before the season and Sidbury Jr. (Richmond) nabbed a sack and touchdown in very limited snaps. Possibly our DE of the future.

geno

January 30th, 2010
9:29 pm

Forget the defense guys……defense no longer wins championsips…..only two defenses have won championships in the last decade….Baltimore and tampa bay….sure pittsburg and the giants had good defense but the offense (rothlesberger and manning) made the key plays that won the big game…….If we believe that M Ryan is the real deal, then lets build a juggernaut offense like INDY and NEW ORLEANS……Defense is dead…offense rules

chuck-chuck

January 31st, 2010
7:21 am

sidbury and owens were quality picks from last years draft that will only be better with experience.I look forward to TD drafting that one impact player that can contribute and hopefully be a starter as a rookie.

santa cruz dawg

January 31st, 2010
7:57 am

I would love to see the Falcons draft Brandon Graham, from Michigan. He dominated the Senior Bowl Game.

gdg73@yahoo.com

January 31st, 2010
10:47 am

What happened to the cornerbacks drafted in 2006 in the 1st round ?

gdg73@yahoo.com

January 31st, 2010
10:52 am

I listened to Brandon Graham on an interview on Sirius. Pat Kirwin had him projected as a 3-4 LB, even though he played DE in college. They guy has an amazing motor and had a ton of TFL and sacks in college. He remindse me of Dwight Freeney. I wish we had a second round pick. I say trade down out of #19 and recoup that 2nd round pick and get our DE here. Our first pick should be used on an OLB.

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Tosin

January 31st, 2010
12:38 pm

I believe we should get a DB in the first round, then get a sleeper DE in the third round. (Ex. Tyson Alualu from Cal)

The Real Falcon

January 31st, 2010
3:58 pm

Just saw TD at the High Museum. Glad to know he knows how to relax! Also told him I was re-upping my season tickets.

ATLJBO

January 31st, 2010
7:34 pm

I just heard that Adam Schefter said the Panthers will let Julius Peppers walk… Adam Schefte said the three likely teams are Baltimore, Atlanta, and New England.

TD Bring Him HOME

RA

January 31st, 2010
10:00 pm

They need to sign Julius Peppers. You put him on one side and Abraham on the other, and you will have dramatically improved your secondary.

Tosin

January 31st, 2010
10:17 pm

With Peppers and Abraham on the ends then Babs and Jerry in the middle, there is no such thing as double team and running the ball against the falcons would be HELL.

MarkTwain

January 31st, 2010
10:37 pm

We here in Atlanta hit the panic button on character issues. Fair enough. I go back to the Carl Nicks argument. Two years ago what should have been no later than a 2nd rounder drops late 5th round because the cops storm through the door at a college party and when asked to leave essentially responds, “I’m of legal age to drink, bite my crank.” He was part of the Saints O-line that made the Vikings D-line look like they were wearing dresses recently. CB and DE are not the critical needs unless a game changer is available. If Cox is a game changer I’d take him unless his work ethic is in question or it is clear he has Adam Jones issues.
I cannot understand why there are so few talking about our weak O-line. This has to be addressed. Also, Curtis Lofton would look like Ray Lewis with rotation of Jerry, Babineaux, and Terrence Cody playing in front of him. I like picking a linebacker but not with the 19th pick.

Oran

February 1st, 2010
1:13 am

First, get Julius Peppers in Free Agency. Also, try to get another Brian Williams type in Free Agency. The Falcons have very little LB depth; and, OLB needs upgrading. PICK#1: OLB Weatherspoon. Next, the running game needs more OL strength/talent/depth. PICK#3: A huge, quick, smart right tackle like Jared Veldheer. Move Clabo to right guard & put Veldheer at RT. This will also likely improve right side pass protection for MR. With PICK#4a, another OLB like A.J. Edds. PICK#4b, a DT like Cam Thomas. PICK #5a: If RB/WR Dexter McCluster is still on the board, grab him. After that, the best defensive players remaining.

BOB

February 1st, 2010
10:57 am

BOB

January 30th, 2010
12:04 pm
Richard Seymour should be available because of an expiring contract. With his Georgia and TD connections, he becomes an option for strengthening the defensive line.

Concerning the offense, I still believe that a big ,strong and fast receiver is needed. TG is big; RW is allegedly fast but a receiver like the kid in Denver would help MR ’s growth and development.A trade would be the first option regarding a big, fast and stong wide out.

IF, the Falcons have any money then Free Agency should be the to get a left tackle and a cover corner. Won’t win with inexperience at those two key positions.

Update: if Peppers is available get them both- defense by itself may not win championships anymore but a good , well balanced offense and defense wiil.

ATLJBO

February 1st, 2010
5:26 pm

D-Led…Do you think we will go after Peppers ?

richbrave

February 1st, 2010
10:08 pm

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

So what’s wrong with SIDBURY? There’s not two of him?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 2nd, 2010
1:15 am

ATLJBO: No, I don’t think they’ll go after Peppers. He’s not the “missing link” and costs too much.

RICHBRAVE: Sidbury had a tough time getting on the field last season. But this would be more a Jamaal/Davis replacement while Sidbury gets to keep developing.

SEYMOUR costs too much.

BOB

February 2nd, 2010
5:54 pm

No, I don’t think they’ll go after Peppers. He’s not the “missing link” and costs too much.

SEYMOUR costs too much.

Are the Falcons trying to win a championship or become cost accountants? Being penny wise and puond foolish is the downfall of substandard organizations.

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