Maurkice Pouncey, Jermaine Gresham worked out by the Falcons

Florida center LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey had a private workout with the Falcons.

Florida center LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey had a private workout with the Falcons.

Florida center Maurkice Pouncey and Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham had private workouts with the Atlanta Falcons recently.

The Falcons worked out Pouncey at the University of Florida on Wednesday, March 31.  Gresham had his private workout and visit last Thursday in Flowery Branch .

Both are considered possible candidates to be selected by the team with the 19th pick in the NFL draft, which will be

Gil Brandt says Jermain Gresham is the next Kellen Winslow Sr.!!!

Gil Brandt says Jermain Gresham is the next Kellen Winslow Sr.!!!

held on April 22-24.

Pouncey, the Rimington award winner last season, is considered the top center in the draft. He also played some right guard for the Gators.

Pouncey first met with the Falcons during the NFL scouting combine and was impressive when they put him up on the chalkboard.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has stated that improving the offensive line will always be a focus in the draft. Other teams like to add and build their offensive lines through free agency.

In 2008, the Falcons traded up in the first round in order to draft Sam Baker with the 21st pick. Last season, the team’s only drafted offensive player was tackle/guard Garrett Reynolds in the fifth round.

Gresham is considered the top tight end in the draft. He’s attractive to Falcons because he could serve an apprenticeship under future hall of famer Tony Gonzalez.

Gresham, 6-foot-5 1/4 and 261 pounds, went to Oklahoma as a wide receiver. He played as a true freshmen, starting 2 of 14 games.

In 2008, he caught 66 passes for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns, setting school marks for yards and touchdowns by a tight end.

He missed last season after torn cartilage was discovered in his right knee.

“I think Jermaine Gresham is the next Kellen Winslow, Sr.,” said Gil Brandt, NFL.com analyst and radio commentator on Sirius Radio. “He is a tough match up problem is what he is because of his height. . .  and he runs extremely well.”

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Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2010
8:19 pm

I would be shocked if the Falcons went TE at 19, but it wouldn’t be the first time, I reakon.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2010
8:21 pm

Please send my “first” t-shirt to southern Illinois, please.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2010
8:21 pm

Would settle for a “first” slim jim :-)

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2010
8:25 pm

It is conceivable that the Falcons go Pouncey at 19 IF their first two choices are gone, and a Pittsburgh surprice pick of Dez Bryant (replacing Santana Holmes) creates a Pouncy bounce down the board, creating a reflex by the Falcons Hierarchy to do a Pouncy Pounce.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 13th, 2010
8:31 pm

You all were laughing at me when I had them taking Pouncey in the Mock drafts. Who’s laughing now! This is getting serious. COMMISSH GOODELL: “With the 19th pick in the 2010 NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons select LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey.”

Gresham makes sense in a complex valuation formula. Get the TE first and the Defensive help later. Heard Gil Brandt say on Sirius that there were 11 underclassmen DLs to enter the draft. That will push a lot of good players into the third round, when they normally would have been second rounders.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2010
8:38 pm

D-Led, NOT laughing at a Potential Pouncey Pick (try saying that three times fast without spitting) , just think there are first round talents that will be available at areas of greater need (like OLB, even possibly DT). Lots of C talent later in the 3rd, with minimal fall off in talent.

worm

April 13th, 2010
8:45 pm

What, Junior Miller or Jim Mitchell are not available?

Nookah

April 13th, 2010
8:49 pm

DLed, the more I think about this draft the more I think we will be picking Poncey.

I have been wondering why we have worked out so many LB’s. That tells me we may be looking in the later rounds for our LB’s unless there was one that wowed TD & Smitty during the workouts.

Go Falcons!!!

Blue Fender

April 13th, 2010
8:49 pm

First round tight ends are bad news for the Falcons. Can anyone say OJ Santiago or Roberto Kelly? Of course, we don’t have the same coaching mindset of a few years back. If we go offense, get the sure thing in Pouncey. But…we should go defense first.

Craker Jacket

April 13th, 2010
8:54 pm

Bad pick in Pouncey! Few Gators ever amount to anything in the NFL!

cantondawg

April 13th, 2010
9:01 pm

You can never go wrong in picking the most vital member of the OL. The offense starts with the center position and if you can get a stud there then do it. DE or LB can be had in later rounds.

milkman

April 13th, 2010
9:07 pm

Blue Fender fyi- Santiago was a 3rd rd. pick and Reggie Kelly was a second.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 13th, 2010
9:21 pm

Blue Fender — Calling someone the next Kellen Winslow SENIOR is a pretty big deal!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 13th, 2010
9:23 pm

BA — I wasn’t talking about you. I was talking about all of the folks in their first mock when I figured it out that he could be the pick. Remember, they found Lofton in the second and Decoud in the third.

ryan

April 13th, 2010
9:30 pm

Pouncey would not be a bad pick but the Falcons need a OLB or DE if Brandon Graham or Spoon are there at 19 they need to take them or even if Dez Bryant falls take him. You take the best availble player.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 13th, 2010
9:31 pm

ryan– You’ll hear these words a lot — system-specific and needs based — in the coming days.

mowreck

April 13th, 2010
9:36 pm

I agreed with D-Led a while back. If you can get the best Center in the draft then go for it. It all starts with the center. I would LOVE to have a 2nd round pick tho. It’ll be a long time before we get to pick again.

Mock and roll

April 13th, 2010
9:39 pm

How can you mock someone for mocking a mock draft? If you don’t mock a mock draft, that makes a mockery of the whole mock draft process.

thunderbull56

April 13th, 2010
9:50 pm

DOL, I can’t wait.I been heckling this Pouncey for so long.Falcons draft him and I can chuckle and tell my bride,”Pouncey’s at center/guard”.”What’ll ‘ya say after the game,we get bouncey in a biblical way ‘babe?”

ignition

April 13th, 2010
10:02 pm

A center in the first round??? Terrible..

thunderbull56

April 13th, 2010
10:04 pm

On a serious note,most teams, even though they preach building the interiors of both sides of the ball,rarely pay first round money to center/guard types.period.period! I’m TD and Bay Bay is still around, I grab Matty another potential playmaker with velcro on his hands.The middles rounds are for the big,unmobile galuts. Sorry galuts, it’s true.I understand all your rationale for LMP,but,for crying,crying out loud,all, all, of us long, long,suffering Falcons fans,deserve a lot more kickass pick ‘Bro.

ryan

April 13th, 2010
10:05 pm

D. Orlando im not disagreeing with you about Pouncey I am just saying that if Graham or Spoon are there the Falcons should pick them i mean Abraham is getting old and Jammal Anderson was a bust.

Jeremy

April 13th, 2010
10:18 pm

Isn’t Roberto Kelly a left fielder… Try Reggie Kelly next time.

The Real Falcon

April 13th, 2010
10:39 pm

One of several players TD has looked at.Let’s not get too excited DOL. Although where Pouncey is concerned that’s hard for you, man.

FalconsFan284

April 13th, 2010
10:50 pm

DOL—–Pouncey will not be an Atlanta Falcon. Its not going to happen. Your little man crush will be playing in Denver or Blitzburgh. I take that back. He’ll be playing in St. Louis with their Second Round pick.

Dion

April 13th, 2010
10:55 pm

I would not be surprised to see Gresham. Test him out in our system this year and start him next year. That gives him additional time to heal from injury. Not a bad pick and definitely need specific for our organization going forward!! Go Falcons!

The Sham

April 13th, 2010
11:01 pm

DOL: I SAID THIS BEFORE AND I STILL THINK THAT POUNCEY IS A REACH AT THIS PICK AND GRESHAM IS A VALUE AT THIS PICK. IF BOTH ARE NEEDS (ALBEIT 1 YEAR OUT FROM BEING A PRESSING NEED), IT ONLY MAKES SENSE THAT YOU TAKE THE BEST VALUE IN GRESHAM. BESIDES IF YOU TAKE THE TE AND ROLL WITH SOME 2 TE SETS HE GETS USED NOW RATHER THAN WAITING A YEAR TO UTILIZE THIS DRAFT PICK IN POUNCEY.

ONE OTHER POINT – THE DROP OFF BT POUNCEY AND THE OTHER CENTERS IS FAR LESS THAN THE DROP OFF BT GRESHAM AND THE OTHER TEs. IMO…

I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE DRAFT AND THE DEALS THAT TD WILL PULL OFF!!!

DOL – ANY TRUTH TO THE RUMOR THAT WE WILL TRADE FOR ONE OF NE’S 2ND RD PICKS?

J-MAN

April 13th, 2010
11:09 pm

Any chance the Falcons get another big or notable free agent before the draft?

screg

April 13th, 2010
11:37 pm

DOL they work alot of players out that they know they have no intentions of drafting. like in 2008 when they worked out Dorsey, knowing already that they were gonna take Ryan at 3 anyway.
But we can all fantasize i guess. I wish we would trade our first in 2011 for brandon marshall and intead of a 3rd, give them jenkins.

screg

April 13th, 2010
11:37 pm

If not, get marty gilliard.

kg

April 14th, 2010
12:03 am

Bangkapi – very clever.

waynester

April 14th, 2010
12:05 am

DLed
The goal in the 1st is to get an elite player at their position that also fits your needs. Pouncey, Morgan ,Graham, Spoon ,Bryant, Earl Thomas,Gresham,and Wilson are all elite, fill a need and probably still on the board at 19.I don’t think we’d go wrong on ANY of these guys, but the TE’s in the mid- rds are on a par with Gresham, so I view him as the least likely of the ones on this list to end up in red&black.

Marcus

April 14th, 2010
12:19 am

I still dont think the Falcons brass will go Pouncey @ 19 .. but if so, me and my krew on watching the draft will put extra toppings on some nachos in salute to DOL.

mystikal

April 14th, 2010
12:19 am

Very unrealistic i know, buy here’s my draft:

1Sean Witherspoon LB

3Cory Wooten DE

3Akwasi Owusu-Ansah DB

4Dexter McCluster RB

5Matt Tennant C

5Marcus Easley WR

6Andrew Quarless TE

6Ramon Harewood OT

Fendi Onobun, 6-6. 252 TE (UNDRAFTED)

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Big Ray

April 14th, 2010
1:28 am

Between the two, I would go Pouncey every time.

Having said that, if we pick Pouncey, he has to start from day one. That means either McClure goes to the bench or Justin Blalock goes to the bench.

In the meantime, I hope that means our offense is more potent. Funny thing is, it doesn’t do anything for our receiving corps or change the fact that we have a few other O-linemen who are free agents next year.

Lofton and Decoud are good examples of good picks mined past the 1st round. The problem I have with this is that we don’t have a second round pick, and our third round picks are late in that round, not early. So what happens if those good defensive players don’t get pushed far enough into the third round for us to get to them?

I’m through arguing about the Pouncey pick possibility.

Never thought it was a laughing matter, either. Never thought that was funny at all.

Sly Ty

April 14th, 2010
1:33 am

I am horrified at the idea of taking Jermaine Gresham. I have said for the last 30 days I will be happy with whoever TD drafts, so long as it is NOT JERMAINE GRESHAM. Like Sam Baker, Peria Jerry, and William Moore, he already has a history of being injured, therefore being unproductive. Buyer beware is written all over Gresham, just like PJ, WM, and Sammy B.

Sly Ty

April 14th, 2010
1:40 am

Well Big Ray, just hope the Falcons Brass don’t take TE Jermaine Gresham. Gresham will probably help us about as much as Peria Jerry, William Moore, and Sam Baker have helped us….which is not a lot. Even though my 11 year old son can rush the passer better than Jamal Anderson, Anderson is an excellent run stuffing DE, he give great value against the run, and he is usually healthy and able to play, unlike these guys that came to the team with a history of being injured.

Drpepper

April 14th, 2010
1:44 am

Orlando, I don’t pretend to know how this draft will unfold, nor who the Falcons will pick. Here is what I do know, the head guy (who speaks with an Irish accent) over at http://profootballfocus.com said that Mike Peterson was one of the worst OLBs they graded last year. He was poor against the run as well as in pass coverage according to this guy. He was on some internet draft program I listened to recently. Nicholas received an average grade. Considering Peterson’s age as well as his poor performance, this is a glaring need for the Falcons. They have very little decent depth at the position as well. If they stay at 19, and don’t take a LB, they will have to hope and pray that a starting caliber OLB will be available later in the bottom half of the third. I would not count on it and if they do not address this position, it will continue to be a major weakness going into this next season.

Depending on how the players fall, if the Falcons don’t get the guy they are targeting with the 19th pick, I would not mind seeing them trade down to the bottom of the first and pick up another third, or trade down and get 2 seconds. You can check the trade value chart and it works…….of course there has to be teams who are willing to trade up as well. If they got 2 second round picks (2 of the 3 NE picks for example), they could come away with a good OLB as well as a good DE, or G/C or even another DT. They spread the risk among 2 players instead of one and possibly get 2 starters.

I really like the GM, but I did not like the trade for Tony G. You make that kind of trade when you are ready to make a drive toward the Superbowl. We are not there yet……our defense is still too weak. We lose our second for a guy who will only play for one or two more seasons.

LMAO

April 14th, 2010
4:14 am

Dr Pepper… thats why i drink Coke–who cares how the lucky charms guy had our linebackers graded and who has ever heard of “profootballfocus.” Now on to you Mr Bedwet…(u know the rest), you have really backed yourself in the corner with the Pouncey prediction, if ur right though never again will u be know as D.ORLANDO BEDWETTER! Im sure when Pouncey showed up today u were there to bring him gatorade or even towel him off, back off dude now its just plain creepy.

Big Ray

April 14th, 2010
5:05 am

Dr Pepper… thats why i drink Coke–who cares how the lucky charms guy had our linebackers graded and who has ever heard of “profootballfocus.”

Somewhere a village is celebrating the loss of its idiot…

marko

April 14th, 2010
6:00 am

Draft a tight end? Now that’s a pick Dan Reeves would approve of.

Charles J.

April 14th, 2010
7:21 am

Lets see between these players S. Spoon,B. Graham, D Maryius Thomson, Gresham, Pouncey anyone of them would be good picks. But are they good picks for us, is the concern here. As for me the biggest need would be OLB so that,s Spooooon some would argue DE B. Graham and he’s at lest the second choice for some but not me. My second choice is D. Thomas I just love the thought of gtting Mattie Ice another high powered weapon. Now Pouncey Ghesham they are BA at there possition not as bigger needs for us than the others.

PlanB

April 14th, 2010
7:26 am

If we can’t get our OLB or DE at #19, I thinkGresham would be a good pick. Best available, but please don’t draft a center with our 1st.

MariettaFalcons

April 14th, 2010
7:56 am

DRAFT SPOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!

GO FALCONS!!!!!

Blue Fender

April 14th, 2010
8:12 am

Sorry for the inaccurate facts I posted last night. I should never try to think when I’ve been drinking. And as far as the Roberto/Reggie Kelly mistake, I’m such a dumba$$.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 14th, 2010
8:49 am

Mock and Roll — Love it!!!!

thunderbull56 — Over last 10 years, 5 center have been taken in the first round, but none higher than 21st. Nick Mangold has been to two Pro Bowls. Pouncey is projected better than any of the five — Alex Mack, Eric Wood, Chris Spencer, Mangold and Jeff Faine.

The Real Falcons — Yes sir!!!

The Sham — Pretty clear that you’re wrong. Falcons may not even get a shot at Pouncey as he could go to Denver (11th) or to Pittsburgh (18th). We have to keep an eye on that NE situation. Bill Belichick did call Thomas Dimitroff yesterday during Coach Smith’s golf tournament. Don’t know how that conversation went.

Marcus — Thanks.

LMAO — That’s creepy!!! Wasn’t there and didn’t drive him to the airport either. My concern is that he will not be there at 19. Looks like he’s headed to Denver at 11 or Pittsburgh at 18.