Atlanta Falcons workout TCU duo of Washington, Hughes

Falcons worked out TCU linebacker Daryl Washington on Wednesday.

The Falcons worked out TCU linebacker Daryl Washington on Wednesday.

BIRDLAND — After the much publicized workout of Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on Wednesday, the Falcons flew to Dallas and went over to Fort Worth to work out Texas Christian standouts Daryl Washington and Jerry Hughes, according to an associate of the Willis & Woy Sports Management Group.

Hughes, played defensive end in college, but was worked out as a linebacker.

TCU's Jerry Hughes played defensive end in college, but some teams, like the Falcons, think he's a linebacker.

TCU's Jerry Hughes played defensive end in college, but some teams, like the Falcons, think he's a linebacker.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff, head coach Mike Smith and linebacker coach Glenn Pires were on the trip, according to the associate.

The knock on Washington is that he’s a little light at 230, but it’s believed that with a proper diet he can pack on some pounds quickly.  He’s listed as 6-foot-1, 3/4. He played inside linebacker in the Horned Frogs’ 4-2-5 alignment.

The Falcons were looking at him as a weakside linebacker candidate.

Hughes is the more publicized of the two Horned Frogs. He had 28.5 career sacks and started 27 of 49 games over his career.

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 19th, 2010
12:32 pm

Hughes’s numbers look good but it appears that durability may be an issue. whatever strengthens the team, i’m all for it.

Sly Ty

March 19th, 2010
12:42 pm

I just don’t see the birds taking a LB with that 19th pick, we all know that Lofton is an every down LB, and on obvious passing situations at least 1 linebacker comes off the field. None of these players are better than the LBs on the current roster. I’m still thinking Pouncey, the Center from UofF, with the 19th Pick.

Matty Ice

March 19th, 2010
12:42 pm

I like D-Wash if we could maybe trade down in late 1st, draft Pouncey and then get D-Wash with maybe a late 2nd round pick that we picked up……

something like that.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 19th, 2010
12:55 pm

What round do you see them going? This could be a plan “b” if they do not go Graham or Spoon in the 1st, or trade down a few spots.

Ree Roe

March 19th, 2010
1:09 pm

Why do yall want a center as the 19th pick considering our NEEDS on defense? Have yall actually watched the Falcons recently? C is not a need NOW. TD drafts on NEED not contingency plans.

-REEfried Roe!!!

ATLJBO

March 19th, 2010
1:10 pm

I think the Falcons may like Jerry Hughes as a Brian Orapko type LB (play LB on 1st and 2nd down then put his hand in the dirt on 3rd downs)

Magic Man

March 19th, 2010
1:16 pm

Matty Ice,

From everything I have seen, D Wash is rated as going mid-to-late third round. Unless his stock has risen, we could take him in the third. I actually like that pick, but I am not so sure if he is better than Nicholas. Plus, that means Peterson would have to play SLB. I think he can, but I don’t know for sure.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 19th, 2010
1:29 pm

i would draft the C from BC in a later round- Matty’s boy from college.

Falcons need more Georgia players.

March 19th, 2010
1:46 pm

Who from Georgia can they draft? The reason the Falcons have not gone to a superbowel is becasue they dont have enough Georgia players on the rooster.

WTF were you thinking??

March 19th, 2010
1:49 pm

I’m with “Ree Roe”, why in the hell would you want a center with the 19th pick, are you really sAINT’s fans? Hey “Sly Ty”, let’s get you caught up to speed, The Falcons D uses a 4-3 system, which means that we use 3 Linbackers at one time, so while I agree Loften can play, I’m not so sure about the other two linemen (do you get it now). Peterson is aging, he did great in the first 5 games last year then got blown up in coverage like Keith Brooking. We need an OLB, or a DE with that first pick, you can pick up a quaility center in the later rounds. We’re not going to need a center this year so for me it’s kind of a waste to use a pick on one this year.

hawesg

March 19th, 2010
2:03 pm

Looks like they’re scouting Washington for perhaps their second pick (in the third round). If they get a DE, they may still be in the market for an OLB with the 3rd rd pick. I still think OT could be a sleeper pick in the first round, especially if they feel the DE/OLB player they want is no longer available when they pick.

Falcons are just doing their due diligence on every potential player who can help.

Dunwoody Dan

March 19th, 2010
2:19 pm

TCU doesn’t have a training table? Where do you get your info? TCU has one of the best strength & conditioning programs in CFB today.

I’ve watched both of these players extensively as a TCU alum. IMHO, Jerry Hughes is the better player by a fraction. Both players are lighting fast (Hughes was a HS RB) and can hit like nobody’s business. There is a reason TCU has had the overall #1 D twice in the last five seasons. Either one of these guys would be a great pickup for the Falcons, however both will be long gone by the end of round 2.

Falconless in Seattle

March 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

I go Spoon or Graham in the first and then the center out of BC in the third

And with the 19th selection, the Atlanta Falcons select...

March 19th, 2010
2:21 pm

Brandon Graham!

Old Man

March 19th, 2010
2:44 pm

San Fran or Seattle have no running game, and need a proven feature back. Trade Turner to one of them for their number one. Use it on Spiller. Use our #19 on the OLB or DE we need, or trade down with one of the teams stocked with second and third round picks, like Tampa Bay, or KC, or San Diego, or NE, for a package of 2 oe 3 picks in those rounds so we can upgrade at multiple positions. Would TB send us #35, #43, and #67 to get a second pick in the first round? (TD could work wonders with those picks. That’s how his alma mater has always done it–no surprise NE has 3 2nd round picks this year.)

Spiller and Snelling would be a great tandem. Snelling is AT LEAST 90% of what Turner is between the tackles, and is 100% BETTER than Turner catching the ball out of the backfield. Tuner’s value has peaked. I don’t think he will ever reproduce 2008. When I watch Snelling play, I can’t figure out what there is not to like. We improve our running game, and we improve our draft position overall, and for goodness sake, we improve our special teams with Spiller. Having Turner and Snelling on the same roster, at the expense of other positions, is not a good use of resources.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 19th, 2010
2:50 pm

Dunwoody Dan: Re-worded it. My info is that it’s not very good. Washington could not keep weight on there.

Matty Ice

March 19th, 2010
2:53 pm

ReeRow,

Falcons want a center at some point. The Falcons have had/or have scheduled personal workouts with the top three centers in this draft – including Pouncey. Also, Falcons have NOT – as of yet 3/19 – had a private workout with the first Defensive End. I’m not fond of taking Pouncey at #19 – if Dimitroff wants Pouncey, I hope he trades down. Personally, I want Weatherspoon at #19. However, if Falcons could trade back to say pick #30, draft Pouncey, pick up a late 2nd/early 3rd and pick up Daryl Washington – yeah, I’m all over that. Falcons WILL take a Center – if you don’t agree, argue with Dimitroff and not me – because by his actions, its obvious ReeRow that Dimitroff disagrees with you about the need for a Center.

Magic Man,

Every mock draft I have seen has Daryl Washington going in the 2nd round….not sure what mocks you are looking at. Its possible that D-Wash could last until 3rd round but very, very doubtful

SirReal

March 19th, 2010
3:01 pm

Doctor Noisewater. I totally agree about drafting the center. I think thats a good move

Old man. You definitely must be and going senile to think we’d trade Turner away. He’s still a monster. Many of our players were hurt last year.However, you do make some good points sir. I just know they wouldnt let Turner go thats all….

Chucktown 38

March 19th, 2010
3:02 pm

UGA GT fan needs to stay off the CRACK PIPE when it comes to who the Falcons draft!!How many National Championship do they have??

Marcus

March 19th, 2010
3:04 pm

DOL………like I have been saying for months .. keep an eye on Hughes.

sw fireball

March 19th, 2010
3:22 pm

TD’s best strategy is to get more players rather than loook for big impact ones. trade down for a 2nd rounder or 2.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

March 19th, 2010
3:40 pm

@ – The Falcons Need More Georgia Players -

I just hope you weren’t limiting your “need more Georgia players” tirade to UGA players only….if that is the case, then your comment would be totally BS

Old Man

March 19th, 2010
3:42 pm

SirReal:

I just think they need to go to some kind of helmet with a face guard or something. And couldn’t they go with one of these new kinds of hard plastic I hear about? It just seems to me that a thin layer of leather is not enough protection.

Wouldn’t that cut down on the injuries for these young men?

(P.S.–It’s just an opinion, but I thought I saw some issues with Turner even before his injury. And even if you don’t think Snelling is his equal, you gotta admit he is probably the best back up in the league. Maybe too good to be a back-up)

Will

March 19th, 2010
4:29 pm

Hey DOL, have you heard about UAB’s Joe Webb? He’s trying to switch from QB to WR. He’s about 6′3″ and 225 lbs. He ran 4.45 and 4.44 in the 40, had a 42.5″ vertical, an 11′5″ broad jump, has huge hands, and did well in position drills at his pro day. Maybe he’s a project but he could develop into a great player. He’s projected as a mid to late rounder. Is he on the Falcons’ radar? (I sure hope so)

I c great things ahead

March 19th, 2010
5:06 pm

Old Man, I think it’ll be a tough trigger for them too pull but i like it, it would be the right one for us. I hope they’ve gotten rid the idea of holding onto a player with blind loyalty by now. I do beleave M.Turner has a few good years left in him. But we should move him while we can get something of value for him. Like the team T.D. came from. what did NE do with R. Syemore last year trade him to the Raiders? I like where the old man thoughts are going I mean with the position but not the player C.J. Spiller, no I would perfer the RB from Fresno States R.Mathews. I also like the idea of moving up for Sergio Kindle over Sean Weatherspoon. But most of all I C GREAT THINGS A HEAD. GO FALCONS

Mr. Phil

March 19th, 2010
5:18 pm

I am thinking a guy can reasonably play weakside at 230 (not ideal but it has been done).

jerry

March 19th, 2010
6:38 pm

“He played inside linebacker in the Horned Frogs’ 4-2-5 alignment.” WTF?

IceFan

March 19th, 2010
6:42 pm

Spoon belongs here and wants to be here. We create one of the most formidable linebacking corps in the NFL with Lofton, Spoon, and Nicholas, with Peterson becoming the teacher. Then we take WR or OT in the 3rd round. Can’t wait for the draft!

I MUS WRITE

March 19th, 2010
6:51 pm

The hell iz a 4-2-5. and how is there an inside backer when there are only 2 bodys on the middle level.

I MUS WRITE

March 19th, 2010
6:54 pm

Ice fan -i share your thoughts on spoon he will be an amazing talent, but If One of the OT’s fall i could see us going OT =1st, LB-hughes maybe 3rd. Dont get ur hopes up is all im say’n.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 19th, 2010
7:16 pm

Will: Will check out Joe Webb. He hasn’t come up in our studies yet.

Jerry & I mus write: 4-2-5 is basically a nickel. They ran it as a base D.

PlanB

March 19th, 2010
7:37 pm

I would love to get a good #1 LB or DE but if they’re not a real #! we have possibilities of getting New Englands 44th & 47th or Detroits 34th & 66th or St Louis’ 33rd & 58th or San Diegos 28th & 60th or K Cities 36th & 50th. We may have to give a 6th or 7th to go along with some of these. I don’t think we would trade with Tampa Bay. What do you think?

Explicit

March 19th, 2010
8:11 pm

Just not a big fan of taking a guy who used to play with a hand in the dirt now going to the elite level and playing in space and vice versa. You may take a guy like that in the 3rd round on but in the 1st two rounds a team needs a guy that they know has done the job and can do the job.

Old Man

March 19th, 2010
8:40 pm

ic great things ahead:

I’m not as familiar with Matthews, but the basic idea is the same. Snelling paired with a nimble pass catching back (the guy we always wanted Norwood to be), plus a boatload of 2nd/3d round picks (or keeping our 19 AND getting 2nd/3rd rounders) just seems like the way to go. We have two bonecrushing RBs, both filling the same slot (Snelling and Turner), and one is improving every down he plays and he catches the ball, the other is looking sort of flat (even before his injury), is maybe peaking, and doesn’t catch the ball at all. Why do we have both of these guys, yet we don’t have a home run threat at RB, and we are sitting here with no second round pick in a deep draft. It’s just frustrating. Heck yeah, if the Fresno State RB is better, go for it. He is projected later in the first, early second. That just means we keep our spot at 19, and get more picks for Turner. The whole point is, why are we carrying both of these guys? You could make an argument that we deal Snelling, but how does a GM in another city sell that to his fans? Turner would get more positive pub. We just get a ton more value moving Turner, it seems to me.

It’s got to be hard to work a bombshell deal like I want. Too many moving parts. But it’s OK to daydream. I see Matthews stock is rising fast, so maybe he’s the ticket for us. It would be great to have a Csonka-type back and a burner who can both play. Right now we have two Csonkas, but no Mercury Morris. (Are you old enough to remember those guys???)

falcon21

March 19th, 2010
9:12 pm

Zonk and Morris were very good OM. Do you remember Walt Garrison and Calvin Hill? I was a Cowboy fan in those days.

Old Man

March 19th, 2010
10:34 pm

falcon21:

Absolutely. Having two guys to share carries like Hill and Garrison, or run together in situations, would be fantastic, but Norwood seems to have fizzled on us. We need a bruiser, plus a guy who has that quickness and home run speed, but still bounces off a tackle or two. And both with pass catching ability.

I think Matty Ice had a little sophmore slump, and learned that being good at this level means you have to bust your ass every day. He is, I think, going to rebound, especially if we give him pass catching backs. At WR, don’t underestimate the impact of Douglas coming back. We have a chance here to get that home run RB threat, AND solve the OLB and DE issues, in one felled swoop. If Turner and Snelling are both on the roster on week one, I’ll be scratching my head. Wonder what Matty Ice would say about who he prefers as his bruiser RB?

falcon21

March 19th, 2010
11:05 pm

OM, I think Ovie throws us curve ball in that situation. He is a good blocking back but cannot run the ball worth a shet. I as you don’t see Turner and Snelling on the roster in week one. I would love to see the two back attack again.

SirReal

March 19th, 2010
11:32 pm

Old Man,
Oh no. I dont disagree with that at all. I also think Snelling is good and could start for a number of teams. I guess I just mean TD and Blank have spent $ and want to get all they can out of it. I agree that he was missing something before he finally got going but hey this year will show us if he’s really more like Turner two seasons ago or Turner from last year.

Duh

March 19th, 2010
11:54 pm

Nobody will give you a #1 for Michael Turner. Have you seen the trades recently in the NFL? We’d be lucky to get somebody’s 2nd rounder for the Burner. Old Man is smoking something funky in his retirement.

Shak

March 20th, 2010
1:44 am

Im not impressed by the center but if u r going 2 take him, he’s not a 19th pick. If u wont 2 win u get playmakers…everybody talkn bout thugs cause he got braids, black, or got n trouble before.. that dnt make u a thug. Go back 2 the Smith yrs cause “we” always gonna b losers wit these fans. I been lookn @ the blog 4 days and everytime “Vick” or “thugs” come up…… please somebody give me the definition of a thug? Playmakers!

The Man

March 20th, 2010
2:11 am

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Old Man

March 20th, 2010
7:48 am

Duh:

How about switching number one spots, plus a high two, or two second rounders (there are about 4 teams with 2 or 3 second rounders)? Interesting you don’t say it would be bad to deal Turner if we picked up the home run RB and got some other picks.

PlanB

March 20th, 2010
8:24 am

Someone was saying the NYGs might pick Spoon @ 14 before we could get him @ 19. I don’t see Spoon in Mel Kipers 1st round picks. Was that old info or what? Help me out here.

BMLocal26

March 20th, 2010
8:26 am

Old Man, all I have to say is, I’m glad that you are not the GM of the Atl. Falcons.

Paddy

March 20th, 2010
8:27 am

Do not believe there will be a center taken in the first round by any team. We need big nasty lineman at tackle on either side of the ball.

BMLocal26

March 20th, 2010
8:35 am

Taking a center in the 1st round is too ignorant a move for this Atl. GM, and for any other GM in the NFL. But the Falcons definitely need to improve their Oline.

Old Man

March 20th, 2010
11:20 am

BMlocal:

You need to respect your elders! You young whippersnappers are all alike! I had to walk five miles to school when I was a boy. What kind of crazy music is that “disco” trash the kids play today? They don’t make things like they used to. Young people today have it easy compared to us. We need to get that Reagan guy out of office! (He’s still president, right?). Fire Norm Van Brocklin, he stinks as coach.

gabuldawg

March 20th, 2010
12:37 pm

Old Man, I like your thinking. I’m not sure how Turner will return this year. He was a different back last year compared to the year before. He should still have some treadlife on him though since he backed up LT in San Diego. I will want to see Atlanta trade back and get some extra picks. This draft is deep enough that we can get a TE, OL, DE & OLB that can play for several years for us. I don’t see anyone (unless somebody falls to us) that we need at our current spot. There will be plenty of bargains early in the 2nd round.

If Tamba Bay would give us #35, #43, and #67 for our Number 1, I’d knock people down to finish that trade. Unfortunately, I don’t think our pick is high enough to warrant that.

BMLocal26

March 20th, 2010
1:13 pm

Old Man – I know that you are not really an old man. I am older than dirt, I had to walk to school 7 mi. uphill both ways in the snow in Savannah, and fight the Indians while I was going.