BOUND FOR ATHENS — Falcons head coach Mike Smith attended Georgia Tech’s Pro Day on Monday.
On Tuesday, Smith will make the short drive over to Athens for Georgia’s pro day.
Chicago head coach Lovie Smith and Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt were also in attendance at Tech on Monday.
The Falcons have taken a player from Georgia or Georgia Tech in each of the last four drafts.
Last season, Georgia Tech defensive tackle Vance Walker was selected in the seventh round (210 overall).
In 2008, Georgia running back Thomas Brown was selected in the sixth round (172nd).
In 2007, Georgia tight end Martrez Milner was selected in the fourth round (133rd).
In 2006, Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley was selected in the seventh round (223rd).
Walker was the first Georgia Tech player selected by the Falcons since they picked linebacker Keith Brooking in the first round (12th) of the 1998 draft.
Shockley was the first Georgia player selected by the Falcons since they picked Mitch Davis in the fourth round (118th) of the 1994 draft.
Six Georgia Tech players — safety Morgan Burnett, running back Jonathan Dwyer, cornerback Martin Frierson, linebacker Sedric Griffin, offensive lineman Cord Howard and defensive end Derrick Morgan – worked out on Monday.
In Athens, defensive tackle Geno Atkins, linebacker Rennie Curran, safety Reshad Jones, defensive tackle Jeff Owens, defensive tackle Kade Weston and and safety Reshad Jones are expected to attract most of the NFL attention.
The Falcons will likely not have a shot at Morgan, who’s projected as a top 10 pick in the draft.
But they will have a shot at most of the players from Georgia Tech and Georgia. The Falcons don’t appear to have a
need for Dwyer or Georgia Tech wide receiver DeMaryius Thomas. The Falcons don’t figure to take either of them with the 19th pick. Also, Burnett figures to go in the second round and the Falcons don’t have a second round pick.
Which player from Georgia Tech or Georgia are the Falcons going to take in 2010? Rennie Curran? Jeff Owens? Reshad Jones? Sedric Griffen? Cord Howard? Martin Frierson?