Falcons to host local talent today

030911 - TUCKER, GA -- Tucker High School football stars, L-R, Thomas Brown, D.T. McDowell, Brandon Lang, and James Swinton on their practice field in Tucker today, Sept. 11, 2003. (LOUIE FAVORITE/AJC staff)

030911 - TUCKER, GA -- Tucker High School football stars, L-R, Thomas Brown, D.T. McDowell, Brandon Lang, and James Swinton on their practice field in Tucker back on Sept. 11, 2003. (LOUIE FAVORITE/AJC staff)

BIRDLAND – The Falcons are set to host several players with local ties today at their facilities in Flowery Branch, according to several agents.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff confirmed that the team will have a locals day, but would not divulge the date or the participants.

“As you can image, it will be very structured,” Dimitroff said.

Troy defensive end Brandon Lang will be one of the players to take part in the workouts.

Lang, of Tucker High, is projected as a fourth or fifth round draft pick by Pro Football Weekly. If the Falcons don’t address the position earlier in the draft, Lang could be a mid-round target.

Last season, William Middleton, of Marist and Furman, was a participant on local prospect day. He was drafted by the Falcons in the fifth. He was released and re-signed to practice squad, but eventually ended up playing for  Jacksonville last season.

Former Georgia running back Thomas Brown, pictured above with Lang in during their high school days at Tucker High, was drafted by the Falcons in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Brown is currently on Cleveland’s roster.

Here’s a list of  players with Georgia ties eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft, which will be held April 22-24:

• Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia

• Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee (Creekside High School)

• Morgan Burnett, DB, Georgia Tech

• Jermaine Cunningham, DE/LB, Florida (Stephenson High School)

• Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia

• Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech

• Dre Gibbs, FB, Western Illinois (Dacula)

• Ramon Harewood, OL, Morehouse

• Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama (Macon Westside High School)

• Reshad Jones, DB, Georgia

• Brandon Lang, DE, Troy (Tucker High School)

• Boris Lee, LB, Troy (Clinch County High School)

• Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky (Hiram High School)

• Darius Marshall, RB, Marshall (Baldwin High School)

• Sam Maxwell, LB, Kentucky (Hart County High School)

• Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

• Eric Norwood, LB/DE, South Carolina (North Cobb High School)

• Jeff Owens, DT, Georgia

• Pat Paschall, RB, North Dakota State (Chattahoochee High School)

• David Pender, CB, Purdue (Charlton County High School)

• Perry Riley, LB, LSU (Stephenson High School)

• Chris Scott, OL, Tennessee (Lovejoy High School)

• Cameron Sheffield, DE, Troy (Portal High School)

• Malcolm Sheppard, DT, Arkansas (Bainbridge High School)

• Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

• Torell Troup, DT, Central Florida (Salem High School)

• Lorenzo Washington, DL, Alabama (Grayson High School)

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April 12th, 2010
7:52 am

dol, what constitutes a “local” player for NFL teams?

[...] Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution provides a list of eligible prospects for the Atlanta Falcons’ local pro day, which takes place today at their Flowery Branch [...]


April 12th, 2010
8:40 am

Curran, Adkins, Owens, or Lindley would be solid middle round pickups

Report: Busy Day in The Branch

April 12th, 2010
8:47 am

[...] According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons are working out several local prospects Monday in Flowery Branch. [...]

Smyrna Jacket

April 12th, 2010
8:55 am

what ever happened to DT McDowell?


April 12th, 2010
9:18 am

Good article except for one thing, there was no mention of Morehouse College’s 6′ 6″, 353 pound Ramon Harewood. AJC.COM just reported last Thursday, April 8, 2010 that Harewood is attracting NFL interest.


April 12th, 2010
9:39 am

Vote out the incumbents and start over


April 12th, 2010
10:01 am

I’m all for drafting local guys…IF they are also good players and are taken at a good value. Vance Walker (DT, Georgia Tech) was a great late-round value for us last year. We could use one of those big UGA DTs this year in the later rounds, I think.

And I’d also love to come away with either Demaryius Thomas or Derrick Morgan. Both guys should be great, and are positions we need.


April 12th, 2010
10:31 am

yes I agree, Thomas would be a reasonable pick a future number 2 reciever
but he will not start over Jenkins so picking a receiver in rd 1 makes no sense.
We are forced to go LB or trade down because 1st rounders start.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 12th, 2010
10:41 am

Panther — I’m adding Harewood. I did the story on him after talking to Mel Kiper.

Paddy — Player had to be from a certain mile radius from the team. Valdosta is probably not local. But Lawrenceville is.


April 12th, 2010
10:54 am

I think Thomas would definitely start over Jenkins…Jenkins is not an NFL starter

Tea Party Meber

April 12th, 2010
11:09 am

Since Obama took all my mony, I wont be going too any games this sesaon. I still hope the Flacons win tough.

Chucktown 38

April 12th, 2010
11:39 am

Obama cost me my job so I won’t be going to any games this year either. Go falcons!!!

Mr. Phil

April 12th, 2010
11:42 am

No Players from Lakeside High (Dekalb County). This is a farce. An outrage!


April 12th, 2010
11:51 am

Obama attacked Nancy Kerrigan with a club

Smyrna Jacket

April 12th, 2010
12:00 pm

you forgot:
Traye Simmons (db-Minnesosta- Marietta)
Geg Jackson (lb-Memphis-Marietta)
Thad Turner (db-Ohio-Marietta).


April 12th, 2010
12:12 pm

I think the Bulldogs need to do this more than the Falcons…although a nice jesture

Flowery Branch man

April 12th, 2010
12:16 pm

Orlando…….I am local talent………I can shoot the antlers off a charging Buck at 20 paces..does this get me a free pass into the Falcons training facilities?


April 12th, 2010
12:17 pm

Also don’t forget A.J. Cooley, the RB/FB from Shorter who lit up the Texas Vs. The Nation game this year.


April 12th, 2010
12:59 pm

Quite a few interesting names there that would look great in a Falcons uniform.

Falcon fans, come meet & have lunch with 3 Falcon’s legends & support a local charity at the same time. Jeff Van Note, Jessie Tuggle, & Buddy Curry will be there and have a Q&A session with those in attendence. Check it out here: http://www.falconnationcharities.org/lunchwithlegends.html


April 12th, 2010
1:10 pm

DOL….we see you survived the auditions.


April 12th, 2010
1:27 pm

Bush took all my parents’ money so they can’t make it to the Falcons’ games either.


April 12th, 2010
3:22 pm

D’s & R’s–2 sides of the same 2-headed coin. They’ve been playing “keep away” with the American political system for decades, while the same “permanent interests” continue to get things their way.
Flowey Branch –come on, just leave the hardware at home….
torgo– how ’bout some more info on this kid Cooley?

Old Fan

April 12th, 2010
3:24 pm

Well, I lost all my money while Bush was in the White House, but it must have been the Democrats’ fault because they controlled Congress during his last two years.

That’s just a long way of saying I won’t be able to afford to attend any Falcons games but I sure hope they don’t draft more tight ends or any cornerbacks that aren’t tall enough to qualify to go on a circus ride. Sheesh! What’s next? Midgets?


April 12th, 2010
3:32 pm

I’d take a Georgia boy anyday!!

Florida, Texas, California aint go sht on us!


April 12th, 2010
3:39 pm

Old Fan
Yet we keep voting the same two parties in over and over–the very definition of insanity! I hope we’ll draft ONE tight end this year, preferably Dennis Pitta from BYU. No holes in his game and plenty of upside. As for these munchkin CB’s I couldn’t agree more. The only one in the whole draft that I really like is Kyle Wilson and even he’s 5-11″. Nowadays, if you’ve got a tall DB they’ll make him a safety…..

Smyrna Jacket

April 12th, 2010
4:17 pm

Shhhhh! Myron Lewis in the 3rd. The stal of the draft.
What do you think D.O.L.?

the blame game

April 12th, 2010
4:29 pm

capitalism, ceos, and the rich took your money. obama is a puppet.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 12th, 2010
4:40 pm

Yoda — I didn’t do the prelims. I’m all set for the Finals on Thursday!!!


April 12th, 2010
5:17 pm

Jesus took all of my money, so I am sad now

Mr. Phil

April 12th, 2010
5:20 pm

Did you Tea Baggers not read the MSN money headline “Dow closes

above 11,000 for first time in 18 months”. Obama didn’t take your money. Obama didn’t take your money. He is the reason the freakin’ system is still functioning. Now shutup unless you got some real football talk.

a pox on ye both

April 12th, 2010
5:58 pm

Mr Phil
Your fallacious argument won’t fly with anyone with a lick of sense. There is no correlation between the Dow and which party is in office. For you to suggest that the current president is resposible for the recent cyclical uptick is disingeuous at best. As for shutting up–leave it to an open-minded progressive to try and stifle legitimate discussion of anything they disagree with. Mr. Ledbetter is responsible for policing the content of this blog–not you. I noticed not one word about the Falcons in your post, for which you berated others. Again, totally typical of the left. I loathe both of the major parties as an equal-opportunity dissenter.
p.s. I’ve got yer teabag right here buddy….


April 12th, 2010
6:11 pm

lookin’ at last season, y’all need all the help you can get. hey— why not try out a new head coach, arthur pacing the sidelines does not a coach make!


April 12th, 2010
7:10 pm

I think what Jets and Ravens have done with there franchise QBs I mean the Jets are loaded with L.T. and Edward and now Holmes plus with that Defence. The Falcons have not done a hole lot to build around Matt Ryan. I just don’t see the Falcons going to the Super Boul any time soon.

big worm

April 12th, 2010
7:36 pm

Forget draft I say we go after a haynesworth he will istantly make def. Top ten


April 12th, 2010
7:51 pm

Yea that is what i say the Falcons are not going to an impacked in this draft i just do not know why T.D. is not going after Brandon Marshal. Haynesworth has a huge contract of 100 mill so we should stay a way. The Falcons need a break out WR other than Roddy White.


April 12th, 2010
8:46 pm

you need a coach. smitty is bringing you nowhere except back to back to back winning seasons maybe. look at what other coaches are doing around the nfl then look at smitty and be objective . nothing is happening in atl and it’s gonna be that way for awhile.


April 12th, 2010
9:03 pm

Haynesworth is actually pretty interesting trade scenario, if I’m not mistaken the Falcons were quietly in on him last offseason up until the end


April 12th, 2010
9:48 pm

Even with Wash. responsible for a lot of his salary we’re talking HUGE dinero for AH. I just don’t think he’s worth the $ or the probable disruption in the lockerroom. If he’s not satisfied in DC with everything they’ve done to bring him in why would it be any different here? The thing I keep coming back to is that wreck on the interstate where he destroys another person’s life showing out in his ultra expensive European sportscar and tries to weasel out of taking full responsibility for ruining the man’s life. Not the kind of guy I admire or want in a Falcon’s uni…..

Big Ray

April 13th, 2010
12:58 am


Big Ray

April 13th, 2010
1:10 am

Hiramsaint ,

“you need a coach. smitty is bringing you nowhere except back to back to back winning seasons maybe. look at what other coaches are doing around the nfl then look at smitty and be objective . nothing is happening in atl and it’s gonna be that way for awhile.”

Let’s use your logic on the New Orleans Saints, with coach Sean Payton:

2006: record of 10-6
2007: record of 7-9
2008: record of 8-8

Why didn’t management fire Payton right then? He wasn’t even providing back-to-back winning seasons. Looking at those records, I’d say that the Saints weren’t going anywhere. But firing Payton would have been a mistake, as he would not have been there to guide a healthy Saints team to a 13 and 3 record, and a SuperBowl victory. A new coach would not have know what to do with the team that Payton built over the course of 4 years.

Or would you like to call Saints management idiots for keeping Payton around, and Payton an idiot for not providing back-to-back winning seasons.

Your own logic works against you. Now imagine a coach who CAN provide back-to-back winning seasons to an organization that had to rebuild completely. Step off and enjoy your moment. It won’t last.


April 13th, 2010
6:52 am

I think Hirmsaint has lost is mind! Smitty has made us relevant and professional again.

Romney for President!!!!!!!!!!!!


April 13th, 2010
1:13 pm

rashad went to washington high in case yall didn’t know!!!


April 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

Why does Arthur Blank not spend money any more and bring in big names i mean look at Jets for 2 years they have spent money and look how far they got to the playoffs.And they did again this year bringing in Robinson was a good move but i don’t think its enough.

Loyal Homer

April 13th, 2010
1:42 pm


April 13th, 2010
2:38 pm

I like the following picks for the Birds in the 2010 draft…..

1. Brandon Graham – DE – Michigan
*. Daryl Washington – WLB – TCU
3. James Graham – TE – Miami
3. Matt Tennant – OG/C – Boston College
4. Cam Thomas – DT – North Carolina
5. Danario Alexander – WR – Missouri
5. Akwasi Owusi – Ansah – CB – Indiana (PA.)
6. James Starks – RB – Buffalo
6. Chris Scott – OG/T – Tennessee


April 13th, 2010
3:45 pm

Oh, THAT kind of talent. My mistake.


April 13th, 2010
3:52 pm

You forgot Anderson Russell DB a Marist and Ohio State grad.