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
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.”