NFL combine, Day 3: Scelfo to workout TEs

Falcons tight ends coach Chris Scelfo to help run drills at NFL scouting combine.

Falcons tight ends coach Chris Scelfo to help run drills at NFL scouting combine.

Indianapolis – Falcons assistant coach Chris Scelfo will help with the tight end drills at the NFL scouting combine.

He should get some air time on the NFL Network as the drills start today.

MEN OF STEEL: The 225-pound bench press has been posted for the Tight ends.

Missouri State’s Clay Harbor led the ground with 30 lifts.

Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham, who’s considered the top tight end in the draft, had 20 lifts.

Here are the top 10:

  • Clay Harbor, Missouri State 30
  • Dennis Pitta, Brigham Young 27
  • Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois 25
  • Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh 24
  • Ed Dickson, Oregon 23
  • Rob Gronkowski, Arizona 23
  • Andrew Quarless, Penn State 23
  • Garrett Graham, Wisconsin 20
  • Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma 20

10 comments Add your comment


February 27th, 2010
10:42 am

What about Sproles? Think we should get him?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 27th, 2010
10:50 am

Falcons coach Mike Smith said yesterday that running back is not a priority. They like what they have in the Turner, Norwood and Snelling group.

Rod J

February 27th, 2010
11:08 am

D. Led, are we looking to potentially get younger at the TE position this year? I think this would be a year to grab a TE to groom for T. Gonzalez departure. It seems like Rader and Zinger are not making a lot of waves.


February 27th, 2010
11:26 am

In that case I’m thinking DE in Round 1. Then trade a 4th and 7th compensatory pick to get into Round 2 and get a OLB. Then get a TE or WR in Round 3.


February 27th, 2010
12:15 pm

1. I don’t think you can trade compensatory picks. 2. No one would accept a 4th and 7th for a 2nd.


February 27th, 2010
12:50 pm

Compensatory picks cannot be traded.

Based on our team needs it is best that we trade down from the 19th pick and and pick up a 2nd round pick from our first round trade partner or trade up from the 19th pick and get the very best available player for our needs (example Cornerback Joe Haden day one starter ).

If we are not trading up to get the best player, trading back is the only smart option to pick up a 2nd round player. Remember we have quite a few picks this draft and this draft is deep on defense. If we are somehow able to trade down and pick up a second round player it would put us in position to get a top flight DE, CB TE, or OLB.

The debate on. What is our #1 need? Defensive End or Corner? You decide.

I would have to say it is Defensive End. Other than John Abraham we really haven’t had much success off the edges since Patrick Kerney left. Lets face it. No Corner could cover for 15 seconds like our corner’s were asked to do last year. It is imperative that we generate a consistent pass rush to make opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable in the pocket. A good pass rush would make our secondary a whole lot better. Just ask the Colts. They jump on you early, run the score up and let the pass rush destroy your quarterback in those 5 and 7 step drops late in the game.

I am not saying we don’t need to address the corner position but with Abe getting long in the tooth and no rush coming from the other side this must be our first priority.

TD is not interested in taking a Corner in the first round. He played Corner himself and believes a good corner can be found in the later rounds. Look for a heated competition between Houston, Williams, Owens and Grimes. Should we take a Corner anywhere in this draft that puts Chevis Jackson on notice that he could potentially be the odd man out.

We are young a Defensive End with Bierman and Sidbury however if Sidbury proves to be a beast and we are able to get a top flight Defensive End this year, the team will be in a better position to allow Abe to leave in the next season or two due to age and lack of production.


February 27th, 2010
1:00 pm

Am I the only one wishing we could bring Eric Berry back home? They say his major at Tennessee was to become a dentist, so that when he knocks your teeth out, he can put them back in for you.


February 27th, 2010
1:07 pm

It was very refreshing to be able to watch the NFL combine this morning on NFL network and see Mike Smith up in the stands asleep with the camera on him. Offesive lineman and TE’s are working out on the field, coaches from every team are in the stands trying to evaluate prospects and Mike Smith is asleep.

buckhead benny

February 27th, 2010
1:37 pm

How about drafting one of the massive Defensive tackles? i don’t hear many people talking about that- but if you get the guy from alabama or tennessee you can almost be guaranteed of stopping the run on first and second down and i think that will help our defensive because it makes the offense more predicatable if you know they can’t run on you.

In my opininion who they have a dt especially with one guy that may go to jail- I believe DT in the first round should be the priority.

Then peria jerry can be your third down dt since he is better at rushing the passer.

they can get a corner and linebacker in rounds 3,4,5-

They need a vince wolfork type guy in the middle- You see how much vince wolfork is worth now to the patriots? very similar situation in my opinion if the falcons can land either dt from tennessee or alabama.

I also think the falcons need to get a young scat back in this draft if they can in rounds 6 or 7. Norwood gets hurt too easily and i think they need a bowling ball type scat back


February 27th, 2010
1:43 pm

te is needed to get ready for tgonzalez departure, spiller would be a great quik back for Atl snelling good turner great, but norwood hurt just a bit too much .. spiller would add some good excitement to the birds backfield