UPDATE — Falcons sign 15 college free agents

Tarleton State's Garrett Lindholm kicked a 64-yard field goal in college.

Tarleton State's Garrett Lindholm kicked a 64-yard field goal in college.

 

UPDATE

FLOWERY BRANCH – Tarleton State kicker Garrett Lindholm, who booted a 64-yarder in college, was signed by the Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent. In all, the team announced 15 signings.

Lindholm, who is  5-foot-7, 185 pounds, 64-yarder was the third longest in NCAA history. Here’s some youtube.com video on Lindholm.

Here’s a look at the rest of the players the Falcons signed:

Leroy Banks, TE, Southern Miss, 6-foot-3, 243-pounds: Started his career at Coahoma Junior College. He is from Memphis Whitehaven High.

Tim Buckley, QB, Alcorn State, 6-1, 185: Led the Braves vaunted attack last season.

Rafael Bush, S, S. C. State, 5-11, 195: He was highly productive for the Bulldogs, making 222 career tackles and scored three touchdowns as a senior. Was a former walk-on. Played both safety and cornerback in college. He made the S.C. State all decade team and is set to graduate with a degree in Sports Communications. He is from Williston, S.C.

Dominique Daniels, CB, Nicholls State, 6-2, 190: Had 66 career tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Gabe Derricks, S, San Diego, 6-3, 202: Started for four years at cornerback in college.

Justin Drescher, LS, Colorado, 6-1, 230: A four-year snapper for the Buffaloes.

Brandyn Harvey, WR, Villanova, 6-4, 205: Had 131 career receptions for 1,835 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last season, he had 53 catches for 694 yards and five touchdowns.

Weston Johnson, LB, Wyoming, 6-3, 233: Played outside linebacker and was the team captain last season.

Dimitri Nance, RB, Arizona State, 5-9, 224: Parents were born in Liberia. Ran for more than 3,000 yards during one season in high school, but Big 12 schools turned their noses up at him. He had 341 carries for 3,173 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior while playing in Texas 5Aclassification.

Michael Palmer, TE, Clemson, 6-5, 260: Started all 13 games last season, catching 43 passes for 507 yards and four touchdowns. Played at Parkview High.

Colin Peek, TE, Alabama: He was projected as a fifth or sixth round pick by Pro Football Weekly. Two foot injuries in college probably caused him to drop out of the draft.

Ryan Wolfe, WR, UNLV, 6-1, 205: Visited the Falcons during the pre-draft process. A highly productive receiver, who caught more passes than any receiver in the nation over the past four years with 283 career receptions.

Bear Woods, LB, Troy, 6-0, 245: He had to set out two games last season as part of his appeal to restore his redshirt status with the NCAA. Was the Troy’s leading tackler as a junior with 108.

112 comments Add your comment

RGO67

April 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

Ernest

April 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

Gabe Derricks is intriguing because of his height. Hope he has some game and create good competition in the defensive backfield.

Falconsin2010

April 25th, 2010
1:26 pm

Michael Palmer is a good football player. I like that move a lot.

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Ernest

April 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

Even with Free Agents, there is still a shut out of Big Ten players. This is worth following up on as the year progresses….

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

April 25th, 2010
1:31 pm

We need to replace Norwood with someone who is more durable. I hope we trade him for someone to rush the QB.

Hey! We got SPOON>

Go Falcons!!!

RGO67

April 25th, 2010
1:35 pm

Ryan Wolfe put up some impressive numbers at UNLV also Colin Peek is a nice pickup too.

Me

April 25th, 2010
1:44 pm

What about tiffin, has he been signed yet?

Jack

April 25th, 2010
1:45 pm

“Gabe Derricks, S, San Diego, 6-3, 202: Started for four years at cornerback in college.”

If he started at CB for four years, why is he listed as a safety? Do the Falcons plan a position switch?

Resign or Resign?

April 25th, 2010
1:46 pm

So what did Nance do at ASU? Why cite HS stats?

Mr Me

April 25th, 2010
1:47 pm

Im guessing the Falcons have found something they really don’t like about Brandon Lang, is he not even on their free agent wish list? Peek would be a huge get and I think Michael Moore would be a good possesion receiver to look at with much better hands and speed than Mike Jenkins. Moore had a really good pro day and you can’t really knock the guy because he had Joe “No Accuracy” Cox and Matt “Air it Out” Stafford throwing to him. lol

ATLFANSTUCKINTEXAS

April 25th, 2010
1:48 pm

Looks like TD & Company thinks our Defensive line is solid…I’m assuming with everyone coming back healthy and another year under there belt that they believe this unit is ready to soar… I Believe It Also and I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid either….

Bill

April 25th, 2010
1:49 pm

Like all 11. Nance should prove exciting,he’s a “lil Tank with Jet motor”
Woods the “BEAR” is tough also.

ATLFANSTUCKINTEXAS

April 25th, 2010
1:50 pm

Micheal Moore is about to be reunited with Matthew Stafford in Detroit as a Free Agent signee..

Tosin

April 25th, 2010
2:03 pm

The Falcons should sign Brandon Sharpe DE out of Texas Tech. He’s pretty fast and has quick feet and has great awareness. Here are his highlights.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILiCH69hto8

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 25th, 2010
2:18 pm

Ernest — It was a slow year for the Buckeyes.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 25th, 2010
2:19 pm

Resign — How many high school backs run for 3,000, in 5A Texas. NOTEWORTHY.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 25th, 2010
2:20 pm

Jack — Yes Jack. Happens a lot with big college cornerbacks.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 25th, 2010
2:23 pm

Mr. Me — Lang signed with San Diego Chargers.

Tosin

April 25th, 2010
2:24 pm

And Palmer signed withe the Broncos

PMC

April 25th, 2010
2:24 pm

so the majority of these guys are 4 year starters with high football IQ’s but not necessarily the most athletic. Probably some good special teamers in the mix.

PMC

April 25th, 2010
2:25 pm

lots of workaholics in this off season class.

PMC

April 25th, 2010
2:27 pm

If big 12 schools turned up their noses at him and he went to Arizona State… either grades were an isssue or there was something else off the field that was the problem.

Jesse

April 25th, 2010
2:33 pm

It’s rare for these guys to make the team, and then get on the field. Do we really think that will happen with any of them? I take it they weren’t drafted for a reason. I’m always curious to see who they sign, but then they never end up playing. Priest Holmes and few others are the rare exception.

Delbert D.

April 25th, 2010
2:36 pm

“Arizona State running back Dimitri Nance was overlook by the Big 12 school after rushing for 3,000 in as a senior.”

Wow. How did he not get drafted? How did he not win the Heisman?

There may be some confusing info in that statement.

Chris Johnson

April 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/all-access-football/2010/03/17/player-spotlight-show-rafael-bush-south-carolina-state

Rafael Bush is compared to the Colts Bob Sanders and will take your head off. SC State didn’t win back 2 Back titles by cooking cookies. Will Ford all time MEAC rusher and is CJ Spiller’s twin, Tre Young WR, and Markee Hamlin CB all are in Orangeburg,SC. Here’s the one WR no one in the world is talking about-Kelton Tindal 6′3”WR Newberry College in South Carolina runs a 4.29 40. Check Mel Kiper’s book. This guy can drive to flower Branch tomm.-GET HIM! Falcons need to hire me to their scout team.

FalcFan

April 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

Personally, I believe TD has just acquired two absolute steals. First, Ryan Wolfe- receiver out of UNLV- the guy is big, fast, runs great routes, and has unbelievable hands (yes that is a dig at Jenkins). If you don’t believe me check out the highlights. I didn’t know who he was so I did some checking up- he is going to be good. He slipped out of the draft because of a broken foot before his last college game- the only game he ever missed in college.
Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wplH8cl3zg&feature=player_embedded

And the second is Colin Peek TE out of Alabama… learning for Gonzo this kid should be something.

Delbert D.

April 25th, 2010
2:40 pm

The UTube highlights on Wolfe are impressive. The guy has great hands and can catch in traffic.

FalcFan

April 25th, 2010
2:41 pm

That should have been “from Gonzo”… I got ahead of my fingers.

Mitun

April 25th, 2010
2:42 pm

Colin Peek would be a great TE behind Tony G.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

April 25th, 2010
2:48 pm

Jessie Tuggle wasn’t drafted.

skicky

April 25th, 2010
2:49 pm

Lets trade for Osi umenyiora

Mr Me

April 25th, 2010
2:50 pm

Hey Big-O did the falcons even attempt to sign Lang or did he have no interest in Atlanta? Also have you heard of where the local kids are going to end up?

waynester

April 25th, 2010
2:52 pm

Has Leroy Vann KR FAMU been picked up by anyone? I’d love to invite this kid to camp–Jags have shown interest, but I haven’t seen any news….

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

April 25th, 2010
2:54 pm

Here’s a good bar-bet question.

What NFL player holds the all-time record for tackles in a decade?

Yep, our very own (UNDRAFTED) Jessie Tuggle.

JMar

April 25th, 2010
3:00 pm

No kicker to challenge Bryant, and no QB to challenge JP Wilson, whom I don’t think is good enough to be an NFL backup. (I assume Buckley is being brought in at another position, based on all that I’ve read about him.)

JWL

April 25th, 2010
3:01 pm

Screw the “character guy” choices that the falcons seem stuck on. The Falcons let the best WR get by them because of their self imposed, ” good guy” mindset. I am a life long Falcon fan but I have tired of the Falcons mandate on not drafting players with questionable histories. This team will never reach the Super Bowl by acquiring players in this manner. No we dont need another MV type drama but to overlook a talent like Dez Bryant because of minor character flaws is stupid. These are kids who have made some errors in life. Get over it and approach the draft like other winning teams.

Falcon Devil

April 25th, 2010
3:05 pm

Nance is a great short yardage back, enjoyed watching him in college.

RGO67

April 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

Waynester – Leroy Vann signed with the 49er’s.

waynester

April 25th, 2010
3:13 pm

-RGO67
Dadgummit! He’s almost impossible to stop as a returner….

just me

April 25th, 2010
3:25 pm

I’m suprised not to see a K, OL, or DE on the list. They still may sign a few more…hopefully.

DOL…are the falcons not interested in Dace Richardson, if they are can they still sign him since he has a tryout with NYG? Also on the QB front…Greg Paulus QB from Syracuse U. who played Basketball at Duke would the falcons consider bringing him in to compete for the #3 spot. He showed many positives on a team that was lacking.

Tosin – I couldn’t find anywhere that Sharpe from TTU has been signed. I saw him play a few games this year. It would be nice if the falcons gave him a shot.

waynester

April 25th, 2010
3:39 pm

just me
the guy from tx tech looked great everytime I saw him last year…good call

FalconFan

April 25th, 2010
3:43 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJYwfR_XWSs

wow this kid Rafael Bush looks like he hurts someone on every tackle. A little “William Mooreish”. Can never have too many guys that lay the lumber, if nothing else this guy looks like an absolute hit stick on special teams. Wonder why he wasnt drafted, I know highlight videos just show the best plays and he seems to take some false steps, but the guys instincts and ability have to count for something.

North GA Nole

April 25th, 2010
3:44 pm

Here’s a suggestion for an undrafted free agent – Callahan Bright. Five star signee with FSU several years ago who didn’t qualify academically. Has taken a circuitous route to being considered for the draft. I can’t find him anywhere so I assume he wasn’t drafted. His high school vids show him throwing Eugene Monroe on his butt during a one on one. Definitely a project but could be a high risk – high reward scenario. DLed – will you let Falcons brass know?

Hangman

April 25th, 2010
4:09 pm

this list looks as good as the ones drafted IF THEY WILL BE USED. A good example is JOHN W PARKER.

Hangman

April 25th, 2010
4:15 pm

I CAN’T RESIST THIS: WHAT HAPPENED TO JOE COX?

chris taylor

April 25th, 2010
4:17 pm

Wes Welker wasn’t drafted either. Got to get Tiffen, HAVE TO. Him along with Peek and Wolfe would be great.

bossman

April 25th, 2010
4:24 pm

Love the Michael Palmer signing. 1st Team All-ACC (granted, the ACC), smart, tough, and cathes anything near him. He will play.

D

April 25th, 2010
4:35 pm

“Gabe Derricks, S, San Diego, 6-3, 202: Started for four years at cornerback in college.”

“If he started at CB for four years, why is he listed as a safety? Do the Falcons plan a position switch?”

His college coaches moved him to safety half way through his senior season to try and get him around the ball more because other teams wouldn’t throw to his side at corner. He’s a lock-down kind of guy.

Joe Schmoe

April 25th, 2010
4:36 pm

I called Collin Peek as one of the signings.