NFL Draft: Meet Falcons picks Hawley, Franks, Meier and Schillinger

FOURTH ROUND

Falcons fourth round pick Joe Hawley plays with a mean streak.

Falcons fourth round pick Joe Hawley plays with a mean streak.

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.

Check out Hawley flash his athletic ability!

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.

FIFTH ROUND

Dominique Franks, Oklahoma.  (Associated Press)

Dominique Franks, Oklahoma. (Associated Press)

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.

Kerry Meier holds the Kansas school record for most career receptions.

Kerry Meier holds the Kansas school record for most career receptions.

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.

SIXTH ROUND

Shann Schillinger, Montana.

Shann Schillinger, Montana.

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.

279 comments Add your comment

mmgtfan

April 24th, 2010
11:50 am

He’ll fit right in with the beard. My god that thing is amazing. But I’ve been a little skeptical lately with the past 3 pick. I mean I know TD knows what he’s doing but still. What do you think D-Led?

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Dawgs2010

April 24th, 2010
11:53 am

I have tried very hard to stay optimistic up to this point. I am disgusted with the last pick from UNLV. I understand getting OL depth, but this guy has gotten terrible reviews.

I feel like we may have dropped the ball in this draft. I pray not, but I don’t feel good about it.

This draft may be the end of TD.

John

April 24th, 2010
11:53 am

Sam Baker’s Twin?

Matt

April 24th, 2010
11:56 am

Not so fast Fat Jesus

Mike F

April 24th, 2010
11:59 am

The Falcon Nation emits an audible ‘wtf?’ in a single voice. Tens of thousands in red & black pour onto the streets and march on the dome in search of answers.

Film at 11.

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nor sir, i don't like it

April 24th, 2010
11:59 am

uuuuuuugggggghhhhhhhh!!!!!!

we are letting soooo many good players slip by and the Saints, Panthers, and Bucs are loading up.

I lost all faith after day 1.

just me

April 24th, 2010
11:59 am

mmgtfan I share your skepticism about the last 3 picks. I believe they were better players on the board that could have filled a number of needs. The player we selected most likely would have still been around in later rounds. Only time will tell how well these selections will perform. I wish them all success!

rudy

April 24th, 2010
12:00 pm

Cheer up Dawgs2010. NFL.com shows him as the 6th ranked center. Just read an article on google that says he is a team leader and Denver recently flew him in and introduced him to the owners. Keep the faith, the Falcons are on the verge of being one the NFL’s elite teams.

Lame Pick

April 24th, 2010
12:00 pm

With the 4th round pick in the 2010 draft…T. Dimitroff selects…..Career Suicide.

Matt Tennant

April 24th, 2010
12:02 pm

Why wasn’t I picked? I was Matt Ryan’s center!

bigstack

April 24th, 2010
12:04 pm

These are the type of players the Patriots drafted all those years and how did that work out for them? I say really well. Just relax. These guys know what they are doing and have scouted these players inside and out.

FDB

April 24th, 2010
12:05 pm

please pick Carlton Mitchell with the 5th. please….LY we almost could not field a full complement of NFL quality WRs

nor sir, i don't like it

April 24th, 2010
12:09 pm

no carlton mitchell, Dezmon Briscoe is still on the board. Size, Speed, Hands. can be taught routes.

Josh B

April 24th, 2010
12:10 pm

We just picked a Cornerback

FDB

April 24th, 2010
12:11 pm

OK fine..so you are not going to pick a WR. Then at least get a DE. Greg Hardy from Ole Miss will work here with the 149th pick

WW

April 24th, 2010
12:12 pm

Don’t forget to pick up a kicker. I would hate to have another winning season, and not make the playoffs, because of a kicker.

loyal falcon

April 24th, 2010
12:12 pm

Amen Rudy!!! You guys are overracting. The falcons are gonna be just fine. We are adding depth, which is exactly what we need. We just got Dominique Franks CB from Oklamhoma. Most if not all of our skilled positions are already filled with guys with at least a year experience. I like what TD is doing. Our draft picks are smart solid football players.

Josh B

April 24th, 2010
12:14 pm

At least Dominique Franks is a good return man

nor sir, i don't like it

April 24th, 2010
12:14 pm

need a replacement for weems.

RGO67

April 24th, 2010
12:15 pm

We are addressing a need and we have to remember that is all PART OF THE PROCESS.

Opie Taylor

April 24th, 2010
12:15 pm

D-Led, Worst Draft in Falcons history, I am sick and tired of hearing TD is a genius, he got the job because Parcel’s and no one wanted it. The Falcon Filter is BS and it does not win football games on the field. There is only one Bill Bellichick. How can you pass on highly rated WR, CB, DT, and C prospects and reach for Peters and Hawley who are Free Agents at best. I wish these New England wannabees take their @ss back to New England.

He is no better than Rich McKay, so I guess Arthur Blank will promote this idiot to Chairman, just like he promoted McKay to President. I have supported for 40 years but I am about to find a new team.

Dawgs2010

April 24th, 2010
12:16 pm

Rudy: You make a good point. Just a little shocked with the selections in the rounds they are picked. The CB from Oklahoma makes things look somewhat better.

Lame Pick

April 24th, 2010
12:19 pm

Silence acolyte!! Do not question when drinking the Dimitroff Kool Aid….it is all part of “The Process”. This draft reminds me of the Jonestown massacre Lol!

what????

April 24th, 2010
12:20 pm

this draft is an epic fail!! We lost 7 games last year because we never laid a hand on opposing quarterbacks…we passed on everson griffen TWICE and instead drafted a DT.. WE HAVE FIVE DT’S ON OUR ROSTER!!! FIVE!!!

Mark the Packer Fan

April 24th, 2010
12:20 pm

I am Joe Hawley’s uncle and have instantly converted from a Packer fan to a Falcon fan. You guys just picked up a great Center. You won’t find a guy that is as dedicated at this. He has a good head on his shoulder and has the ability to play Center and Guard and is also a great “long snapper”. I know this may sound like a glowing report from his uncle, but your scouts did a fantastic job digging out this diamond in the rough. He started all 4 years for UNLV and just showed up on everyone’s radar screen. Joe “The Pain Train” Hawley has arrived in Atlanta. See you there soon.

Michael

April 24th, 2010
12:21 pm

Good pick! Keep loading up on linemen.

loyal falcon

April 24th, 2010
12:28 pm

@Mark the Packer Fan:
I agree, Joe is a heck of a player. I think he’s a really good addition to the falcons. Take note people…TD,Smitty and Mr.Blank are setting this team up for the long haul. I want us to be a playoff team every year and you do tha by selecting smart solid football players.

FDB

April 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

Hi Mark thanks for the insight. We are comparing Joe to Matt Tennant, who was also available. Why didn’t Joe get selected all conference in the Mountain West?

Michael

April 24th, 2010
12:30 pm

Fans becoming disgruntled. YEAH! That is the sound of a successful draft. I love what the Falcons are doing. A good Linebacker. A big man to help on the D-Line. Two good O-Linemen. Too those of you griping, How many of you knew who Kroy Biermann was before he was drafted in the 5th round from Montana in 2008.

Lame Pick

April 24th, 2010
12:31 pm

The practice squad is taking shape nicely and looks to be really strong thanks to this years draft.

“In Dimitroff we Bust”

PMC

April 24th, 2010
12:33 pm

That beard is freaking awesome. Sounds like he’s got some dog in him. I’m encouraged.

PMC

April 24th, 2010
12:34 pm

Mark the packer fan…. glad to have you in the fold sir. Thanks for the info.

PMC

April 24th, 2010
12:35 pm

We know they wanted versatile guys that can play more than one position on the line. I feel better already.

Ree Roe

April 24th, 2010
12:36 pm

So we draft an 11 yr old offensive lineman? Nice job by our “beatwriter”. SMH @ this entire draft outside of ‘Spoon

-REEpudiate Roe?!?

FDB

April 24th, 2010
12:37 pm

well one thing we know for sure……compared with draft boards, the Falcons have reach by half a round (at least) the whole way through.

I don’t like the Peters pick in the 3rd.

But we know they vetted both Tennant and Hawley extensively, so I for one trust they saw something. I just hope it is not the versatility thing. They should pick the best OC, and not favor a lesser player who has experience at multiple positions. Hopefully that did not occur.

Da'reek

April 24th, 2010
12:40 pm

You guys all need to calm down. O-Lineman are needed and depth on the offensive line is crucial. TD wants to protect Matt Ryan before he surrounds him with even MORE offensive threats. So calm down.

Old Man

April 24th, 2010
12:44 pm

OK, I agree that Peters, Johnson, and Hawley were not on my radar screen, but the bios on Peters and Johnson sound solid. For goodness sake, they gave Hawley and 2-3 hour private workout. TD and his crew see the same ratings on the websites we see. Do you think are going to pick someone the media grades out at a lower number just for the hell of it? They spend their careers looking at football players. Obviously, they see something they like in these players. Beats the hades out of Al Davis picking someone who can’t play but runs a 4.3 forty. And who ever heard of those NE linemen who were sacking the opposing QB and giving Tom Brady all freakin’ day to throw the ball–until they got drafted and got into the NE system? I’m looking at the NE draft board right now, and they had more picks, but in all honesty it is one of the least sexy looking boards in the league. That’s the way they have always done it,

So chill out, everybody. Oh, and by the way, these guys have seen a lot of Douglas, Perry, Moore, Biermann, Sidbury, etc., etc., so they know the holes we need to fill.

MaxfliGa

April 24th, 2010
12:54 pm

Great pics so far TD, we are building for the future we dont need another WR we need to give Ryan the time to throw to the ones we have and beefing up the LB and corners, then the sacks will come. Keep the faith, its going to be a great year!

nor sir, i don't like it

April 24th, 2010
12:54 pm

Old Man : I’m looking @ the Patriots draft board right now it does look sexy, McCourtney, Grankowski, Cunningham, Spikes, Hernandez, Price. All quality picks i wish we had gotten. None of them are no names.

Drink your Kool aide, but i don’t want any.

FDB

April 24th, 2010
12:55 pm

All good points, Old Man…But please trade up now from 165, give up 4th next year, and take Carlton Mitchell. We need him and he is real!!!

1eyedJack

April 24th, 2010
1:03 pm

At 12 years old Hawley reminds me of the Viking kid on the “What’s in your wallet” commercials.

Blue Heaven dude

April 24th, 2010
1:04 pm

Theres a reason your family wont let you outta the house but once or twice a week Opie Taylor, your an idiot. We don’t need you as a fan anyway, go back to beating your wife, and teaching your kids to be racist and the rest of us true fans will be just fine.

1eyedJack

April 24th, 2010
1:05 pm

165 is a supplemental pick I beleive, and therefore untradealbe.

WellDoneTD

April 24th, 2010
1:05 pm

FDB – you say you don’t like the Peters pick in the 3rd but Peters said he visited 4 teams: Falcons, Titans, Ravens and Jets. The other 3 teams are strong defensive teams (especially the Jets and Ravens) so this makes me feel a lot better about this pick.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 24th, 2010
1:06 pm

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.

Willy

April 24th, 2010
1:07 pm

Not true. I was at that interview and recorded it. This is how it went:
Q: How did you feel about getting selected by the Falcons?

A: Pretty disappointed. I was kind of hoping to get drafted by a decent football team that has a chance of making the playoffs or something.

Q: What was your relationship with them during the pre-draft process?

A: Facebook.

Q: How will you fit in with the Falcons?

A: Well, since they aren’t a very good team, it should be pretty easy to make the team, or at least the practice squad.

Q: You’ve been described as having a mean streak. How would you describe your game?

A: I do a lot of drugs. Sometimes they make me kind of angry, and sometimes I just don’t hear the whistle.

Q: Did they tell you where you’d fit in at along the line?

A: They said it doesn’t really matter in what order you line up a bunch of fat guys.

Q: Did they talk to you about doing any long-snapping?

A: I’m not planning on doing any long snapping. I hate hiking the ball that far.

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: The three point stance is easier than standing all the way up the whole time.

Q: You were born in Bakersfield, when did you all move to Anaheim?

A: You weren’t supposed to mention that. It was a relocation program thing.

Q: Why did you pick UNLV over Wisconsin and Arizona?

A: Hookers.

Q: Have your graduated?

A: No, but after signing my contract I’ll probably go ahead and buy the rest of my credits to get that whole thing done with. School is expensive.

rudy

April 24th, 2010
1:08 pm

two picks coming up soon. Who do we want??

Delbert D.

April 24th, 2010
1:09 pm

D-Led – Any scoop on the Jets former All-Pro guard that was just released due to a big salary? I can’t pronounce his name, much less spell it.

Hawley seems good enough to develop in a year or two. Franks looks to be okay; All-Big-12 CB. Since Dimitroff moved up to get him, that means a lot.