117. Joe Hawley, C, UNLV, 6-foot-3, 297-pounds: Bench pressed225 pounds 35 times at the NFL scouting combine. He’s considered a tough, smart blocker who excels in tight spaces. He breakdowns in space occassionally. Has played all three of the interior line positions. Has experience making the calls along the line and has done some long snapping. Is nine hours away from getting his degree. He was born Oct, 22, 1988 in Bakersfield, Ca. Played high school football at Esperanza in Anaheim, Ca. Chose UNLV over Wisconsin and Arizona.
Q: How did you feel about getting selected by the Falcons?
A: I’m really excited about it. They are one of the teams that I really wanted to go to. I’m glad they pulled the trigger on me. I’m excited about the organization. They are a really good team.
Q: What was your relationship with them during the pre-draft process?
A: They talked to me and interview me (at the combine). They actually came down and worked me out in Vegas. It was pretty involved. . . we had about a two or three hour workout in Vegas.
Q: How will you fit in with the Falcons?
A: I like the fact that they are a good team and we are going to be successful.
Q: You’ve been described as having a mean streak. How would you describe your game?
A: I just play fast and I finish blocks. That’s the way I love to play the game.
Q: Did they tell you where you’d fit in at along the line?
A: They definitely like my versatility. I think they like me a little more at the center position, but I can play any interior part of the line.
Q: Did they talk to you about doing any long-snapping?
A: No. Actually, I don’t know if they know that I can (long snap).
Q: You played in a spread offense. How will the transition be for you playing in a three-point stance after playing up in a two-point stance in college?
A: I don’t think it will be much of a change. I love running the ball. I always have. I feel like we didn’t even run the ball here. So I’m really excited to get back into an offense that’s able to run the ball well.
Q: You were born in Bakersfield, when did you all move to Anaheim?
A: We moved around a lot when I was little. We moved to Vegas and Arizona and we moved to Anaheim when I was in the third grade.
Q: Why did you pick UNLV over Wisconsin and Arizona?
A: I really liked the coaching staff and what they had to offer. It was close to home. I wanted to have the chance to play right away.
Q: Have your graduated?
A: No, I still need nine credits.
The Falcons moved up 15 spots in the fifth round to select Franks. They traded a fifth (149 overall) and sixth round (189) picks to the St. Louis Rams in the deal. The Rams used the 149th pick to select defensive end Hall Davis of Louisiana-Lafayette. Check out some video on Franks.
135. Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma, 5-10, 194: Entered the draft after his junior season. Was selected to the All-Big 12 team by the league’s coaches and was voted second team by the Associated Press. He played the “field” cornerback position in 2008 for the Sooners and usually took the opposition’s top receiver. He said the top three receivers he covered in the Big 12 were Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree (49ers), Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant (Cowboys) and Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin (Eagles). He started 28 of 40 games over his career. He deflected 15 passes and had six interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He also returned punts and kickoffs. Was born in Oklahoma City, but moved to Tulsa when he was in the eighth grade. Played at Tulsa Union High.
Q: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME OUT EARLY?
A: I just thought this was the best choice for me. So I prayed about it and thought about it a lot with my family and we just made the decision to go ahead and come out early.
Q: What were your thoughts on Atlanta taking you?
A: I love it. This is where I wanted to go from the beginning. I talked to Curtis (Lofton) right when I made my decisions and I said, ‘I would love to be a Falcon.’ He told me, ‘maybe it will work out for you so you can come and join me.’ Fortunately, it did. I can’t wait to get out there.
Q: Did Curtis give you any advice?
A: Yes he did. He said stay patient and just stay a hard working. However it works out, don’t worry about it. Just good in there with a clear mind. Whoever picks you up, just go out there and work as hard as you can and try to make the best out of every situation that’s in front of you.
Q: Who’s the toughest wideouts you played against in the Big 12?
A: It was either Michael Crabtree or Dez Bryant. (Jeremy Maclin was third).
Q: What do you think you
A: I just want to come in and learn. The coaches . I ready to do what it takes to get on the field.
Q: How would you describe your playing style?
A: I’m a cover corner. I come in and mix it up. I didn’t really did a chance to show people that because I played the field corner. Going to the NFL I will also be able to show people that I can get into the run game and be a great tackler.
Q: Did the Falcons talk to you about being a return specialists?
A: Yes sir. When I talked to Mr. Dimitroff. He said there was a possibility that I would be returning kicks as well.
Q: Who’s your agent?
A: Doug Hendrickson.
Q: Were you born in Tulsa?
A: Actually, I’m from Oklahoma City and I move to Tulsa in the eighth grade.
Q: What high school did you attend?
A: Union High.
165. Kerry Meier, WR, Kansas, 6-2, 224: Started out his college career as a quarterback and was converted to wide receiver after losing the job to Todd Reesing. Went on to set several school records as a receiver. Started 38 of 46 games at Kansas, lining up as a wide receiver in 35 games. Caught a school-record 226 passes for 2,309 yards and 18 touchdowns. Also saw action as the punter. In 2007, Meier became the first Kansas player to record a rushing touchdown, passing touchdown and receiving touchdown in the same game since Garfield Taylor in 1981. Also became the first Jayhawk to record a rush, pass, reception and punt in the same season since Donald Shanklin in 1968. Born Nov. 12, 1986.
171. Shann Schillinger, S, Montana 6-0, 202:Was slated to play as a true freshmen, but was a leg injury forced him to take a redshirt. Is from the same school as Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann. Played in all 15 games last season as the Grizzlies reached the Football Championship Subdivision title game I-AA. He had 90 tackles, four interceptions for 24 yards and six passes defensed. The Falcons consider him a free safety. Born and raised in Baker, Montana. He said there were about 1,800 residents in the city. Born May 22, 1986.