Falcons Q&A: Meet fifth round pick Kerry Meier

NAME: KERRY MEIER, Age 23

Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier pulls in a 26-yard touchdown reception over Missouri safety Justin Garrett on Saturday in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' loss to the Jayhawks at Arrowhead Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008.    ¦  ED ZURGA/The Associated Press

Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier pulls in a 26-yard touchdown reception over Missouri safety Justin Garrett on Saturday in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' loss to the Jayhawks at Arrowhead Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. ¦ ED ZURGA/The Associated Press

POSITION: Wide receiver

SCHOOL: Kansas (Pittsburg, Kan. High School)

HT, WT: 6-foot-2, 224 pounds

DRAFTED: Fifth round, (165 overall)

(His brother Dylan died the Monday before the draft in a hiking accident in Arkansas. Dylan played quarterback at Kansas State. The funeral was on Monday.)

AP story on the funeral.

Q: What was it like getting selected by the Falcons?

A: “I was ecstatic. When I first saw the area code pop up, I wasn’t familiar with who it was, but I picked up the phone and they said the Atlanta Falcons. I was the happiest man on this planet. It’s something that you really can’t put into words right now. But I’m so excited to be where I am today and have the opportunity to come in there and help out in anyway possible.”

Q: How was your combine workout?

A: “It was a great experience getting to go to Indianapolis and have the opportunity to workout for all of the teams. It’s something that I’ll definitely remember. I definitely learned a lot from it. Overall, I thought I did well. You always want to do better. . .but  I’m on the verge of getting an opportunity to play.”

Q: Did they come out there or did they bring you to Flowery Branch for a work out?

A: “Actually, I never really had a personal workout with (the Falcons). I had the opportunity to go down to Orlando and play in the East vs. West Shrine Bowl game. I went to the combine and had a pro day. I guess when you combine the three ordeals, I proved something to them and I guess they were happy with what I did on the football field.”

Q: As a receiver, what do you bring to the Falcons?

A: “I think I bring a lot of different things. Not only just being a receiver, coming from Kansas and being an ex-quarterback and having played quarterback, I definitely have a good knowledge of the game and just being a good football player is what I do. I’m really not going to wow you with speed or anything like that, but the one thing I do well is I pay very, very close attention to what I’m doing. I pay a lot of attention to the details. I think I do some other things extremely well. . .I’m looking forward to getting there and going to work.”

Q: After making the switch from quarterback (in 2007), at what point did you know that you were a wide receiver?

A: “Over time. There wasn’t just one instance where I thought ‘hey, maybe I can play a different position other than quarterback.’ Over the past few years I made the transition to becoming a wide receiver. I played a lot of games and had the opportunity, with the offense we ran, it was a spread offense, I caught a whole lot of balls from a great quarterback. Just going through the transition at Kansas I learned a whole lot from a great coaching staff that knew a lot about football. That is going to make the transition from college to the NFL a lot easier. I learned a lot at Kansas through coach (Mark) Mangino. . . I know there is a whole lot of work of ahead of me but I look forward to helping out the Falcons in anyway possible.”

Q: What was your favorite route at Kansas? What was your bread and butter route for the Jayhawks?

A: “I caught a lot of balls over the middle. A lot of over routes, whether if they came off of a boot or a naked (boot). I caught a lot of balls over the middle, catching like digs . . .  the intermediate routes. I got a lot of mileage out of catching balls over the middle.”

CHECK OUT SOME KERRY MEIER HIGHLIGHTS

114 comments Add your comment

Row 3

April 28th, 2010
11:08 am

You don’t need 4.4 speed to get open in the middle of the field. Looks like a great possesion type receiver. I love Finn, but the likelyhood of making it though a 16 game season is slim. Great pickup for the future, and the future is now.

PMC

April 28th, 2010
11:10 am

I hope he’s ready for high standards. He’s essentially going to be called on to replace what B Finn was for the Falcons.

This is a team we expect to win the NFC South this year. That’s the benchmark. They are expected to put themselves in position to go deep in the playoffs. If he’s one of the 53 he’s going to have to contribute, so I hope they are all getting ready now.

PMC

April 28th, 2010
11:12 am

Hines Ward is supposed to be slow too. Last I remember dude was out running Deangelo Hall while looking back and laughing in his face at the time and only wearing one shoe. That’s probably my favorite opposing team TD I’ve ever seen.

Bill Mc

April 28th, 2010
11:18 am

PMC, in hindsight, that kind of sums up DeAngelo’s time here. lol

Smyrna Jacket

April 28th, 2010
11:21 am

Move Babineaux to DE.
Change the uniforms(We look like an arena league team).

Even at running a 4.6, Meier is faster than Anquan Boldin.

john moon

April 28th, 2010
11:24 am

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john moon

April 28th, 2010
11:28 am

Brain Finneran my be a good person but he drops to many passes and he is hurt to much if Kerry can catch hope he makes it.

jaxfalcon

April 28th, 2010
11:36 am

Highlights make his hands look like they are coated with sticky glue. Picks like these can turn out to be solid when they produce consistently
I like the pick

waynester

April 28th, 2010
11:50 am

At 6′5 Finn is by far our tallest and most experienced WR with 10 years in the league.
Jenkins is 6′4 and could be a candidate to take over the leadership role when Finn hang it up–he’s got to be more consistent, though.
At 6′2 we’ve got Troy Bergeron an arena player with 1 year in the NFL and all the other guys are very young. K Meier is 6′2 as is Ryan Wolfe, another UFA and at 6′1 rookie Tim Buckley.
JOSH
Like you, I really liked Carlton Mitchell for his height and physical tools. Despite his obvious upside, he may not have been smart enough or have the type of personality we’ve been looking for as we build for the future. Still, I’d like to see us add a tall posession WR, maybe someone with more NFL experience to replace Finneran’s leadership within the unit.
BROWNIE
You nailed it in your earlier comments about how we are building this team. There’s not a me-first, free-lancing guy on this team (at least not for long).We only want football-wise guys who don’t let up from play-to-play and work hard at their craft. That’s a major reason we spent the money on T Gonzales–to demonstrate the type of work-ethic this young team has to adopt to acheive greatness (plus he’s a fairly decent TE ha ha). Tony G is one of the hardest working , best prepared athletes in the NFL and we need that ethos to rub off on our newcomers. I know we all keep saying this with amazement but “for the first time in over 40 years I really love the direction we’re going and have a legitimate hope for a dynastic run in the NFC South”…..

icndark

April 28th, 2010
11:52 am

He looks like a hard-nosed tough-guy with great hands. Welcome to the ATL Kerry, and all the best to you and your family.

gadawgs

April 28th, 2010
11:52 am

Sick hands! Crisp route runner. Catches the ball and turns UPFIELD no dancing around going East West. Did anyone else notice in the highlights that he caught a ball going up against “Spoon”. “Spoon” is a beast and a very good cover backer who is fast and this kid beat him. He does not need to run 4.3’s or 4.4’s because he does not need to stretch the field for us. Roddy and Douglas will do that. But we need someone to go over the middle once it is cleared out and be reliable catching the ball. This kid is gonna be good. Love Finn but two knee surgerys and 10 years in the clock is ticking. Welcome to Falcons Kerry we are excited to have you. My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 28th, 2010
11:53 am

DOL Thanks “BigTimeTECHFan — looks like Blair White signed with the Colts”

Wonder why he slipped in draft, at one point he was highly rated?

Question, who do you think will be “Falcons” rookie of the year
I say Corey Peters

chris taylor

April 28th, 2010
12:38 pm

I know this is off topic, but just watched TD on The Herd. He answered alot of questions we have bout our draft basically. He stated that he believe’s Abe has enough left for now. He likes what Sid & Biermann bring & think they will only get better. He said DT play hurt us last year but believes Jerry returning with Babs with our new depth it will better. That there are a myriad of ways to improve pass rush, by adding Spoon will give youth & speed to add coverage and blitz’n abilities with Moore and Robinson in the backfield. He believes we have what we need to make it happen. He said we can win with great players that are smart with character. We don’t have to have that elite guy with multiple off field-issues. Alot of questions straight from the horses mouth, ends alot of speculation. Definately informative and a must listen for anyone who can find it.

chris taylor

April 28th, 2010
12:46 pm

He was on their talking bout the Dez Bryant/Jeff Ireland Prostitue question but it led to other things when Colin asked him where our pass rush is coming from. It was real comforting to hear his confidence and reasoning behind the draft and it gave a good idea of Babs future here, of how important he is so he won’t be leaving. Only name I didn’t hear mentioned was JA, didn’t get any answers on that matter.

chris taylor

April 28th, 2010
1:01 pm

TD built NE to be contenders every year. I hated our draft at first but am confident now that the man knows what he’s doing. I see great things ahead. Been a Falcons fan since 95, happy to be a “constant” instead of making playoffs one year then 4-5 years of losing seasons between post season appearances.

blord

April 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

Best of Luck! The guy made some crazy catches in college. Looks like he will be a solid red zone threat and a move the chains/reliable hands guy. He also appears to understand how to get open which the Falcons seemed to have had trouble with last year.

DOL,
Any word no how HD is coming along. I think Matty Ice missed him dearly last year.

TXDawg

April 28th, 2010
2:01 pm

Finneran is garbage and hopefully this guy is an upgrade, allowing us to let Finneran depart.

chris taylor

April 28th, 2010
2:18 pm

Who recovers the overwhelming majority of onside kicks or is the only legitimate inzone fade route guy on the roster? Finneran. I bet close to half or better of his career receptions are on 3rd down or go for 1st downs, dude was a hell of a WR just can’t put 16 games together. With the very likely season going to 18 games next year depth and versatility mean more now than ever.

NOLA

April 28th, 2010
2:23 pm

Let’s get something straight:

This guy couldn’t compete for a qb job at KU. (ku is really a hotbed for Qb prospects)

This guy actually beat someone out at ku to be the WR. (who the hell was he competing against)

great story but this is the NFL where you are paid to produce not just show up.

A: “I caught a lot of balls over the middle. A lot of over routes, whether if they came off of a boot or a naked (boot). I caught a lot of balls over the middle, catching like digs . . . the intermediate routes. I got a lot of mileage out of catching balls over the middle.”

This guy is going to increase “ice ice baby’s” I.N.T.s He caught everything over the middle in traffic :)

OMG when will these sorry arse ‘cons realize the goal is to put the best guys on the field. There ain’t no medals for trying hard folks.

Nice guy, zero football skills (the falcons never worked him out or had him come down to flowery branch). Make sure he is on the field every play against us. Yes Sir.

Eric

April 28th, 2010
2:25 pm

TXDawg
Was enjoying reading the comments until you popped up. Finn has been loyal and dependable, through good and bad. Not usually into name calling, but you, sir, are garbage. Stay off our blogs and keep your a** in TX. We dont need bs like you around.

D. Bell

April 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

Finneran may not catch a ton of passes, but the Falcons have never had a more reliable third-down receiver. His career average is more than 13 yards per catch. He’s had a couple bad injuries in recent years, but the fact that he’s battled back from both to make the roster should say something. You can’t all it sentiment either, because 95 percent of his playing time occured another a whole other set of coaches.

Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez

April 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

so….is this a quota pick? oh thats baseball…he will do fine…tuff as nails…

waynester

April 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

chris taylor
Totally agree with what you posted about the way we’re building this team for the long run. Consitency is the new watchword–precisely what a franchise like ours needs. Stability in the front office, coaching staff and personell. Fans from our opponents can yuk it up for now, but we plan to laugh last/best…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2010
4:20 pm

TD SAYS FALCONS WON’T PURSUE HENDERSON:
Today (Apr. 28) on SIRIUS NFL Radio, hosts Rich Gannon and Adam Schein spoke with Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff about the possible addition of DT John Henderson to Atlanta’s defensive line.

Host/Adam Schein: “You addressed defensive tackle there [by drafting] Corey Peters, we talk about [Peria] Jerry getting healthy but, Thomas, I’ve got to ask the question because of the connection with your head coach, will you consider bringing in a John Henderson?”

Thomas Dimitroff: “At this point we will not. I think that’s probably the logical assumption but we feel like we have a young and evolving defensive line and where we are right now I would say that we will not go in that direction.”

SIRIUS NFL Radio is available to listeners nationwide on SIRIUS channel 124 and XM channel 124 with the “Best of SIRIUS” programming package.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

Blord — HD is rehabbing. He’s on target for training camp.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

Chris Taylor — TD has been saying all those things this offseason. Nothing new there. Folks just haven’t been listening.

TD AFTER THE DRAFT

: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=2499

TD AT THE COMBINE:

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2010/02/27/nfl-combine-falcons-gm-thomas-dimitroff/

JB FALCON

April 28th, 2010
4:38 pm

What kind of tag is NOLA? I hope your words taste good when you have to eat ‘em.

falcon fan

April 28th, 2010
5:05 pm

Not only can this guy make the leaping grab, he can pass the ball as well. I can see why T.D. drafted this guy. Can anybody say “trickeration” ?

Rocky MTN Falcon

April 28th, 2010
5:07 pm

Living in Colorado, I did see this kid play in a game. He is pretty good. He will catch a few over the middle, and may be a good relief valve on 2nd and short situations. He should make it past training camp.

falcons#1

April 28th, 2010
5:36 pm

im glad they found somebody that might be ryans second target [after gonzalez].

PlanB

April 28th, 2010
6:23 pm

I’m trying to make myself like our draft. Anyway, I like Meier. A good route runner with sticky hands is as good as any speedy WR. I hope he makes it and think Weems is the one to leave when he does. Finn has been a reliable third down receiver and one of our better special teams players, so give him another year or two if he stays healthy.
If Meier does make it, we might be able to use him in the wildcat. Good to have a previous QB around.

d.carter

April 28th, 2010
6:33 pm

We drafted a player that we NEVER WORKED OUT…. LOL BUT WE PASSED ON CARLTON MITCHELL A LEGITIMATE 4.3 SPEED 6′3 WR FROM SOUTH FLORIDA…. ATTENTION THOMAS DIMITROFF, MATT RYAN ISNT TOM BRADY AND THE HOODED GURU (BB) IS COACHING THE FALCONS… WE GONNA SUX AGAIN…LMAO

just me

April 28th, 2010
6:47 pm

This young man makes catches that I have saw every reciever we have, minus TG, watch go right by. He runs sharp routes, turns upfield with the ball and is not shy about a little contact. I could care less about his speed, he’s a player and may prove to be TD’s smartest pick this draft.

DawgBoi

April 28th, 2010
6:53 pm

This guy can flat out play. Say what you will about his speed or whatever, he knows how to find holes in a D and his hands look pretty darn reliable (200 catches in 2 years). Looks like a grown man’s Wes Welker. This guy will help our offense. I bet Matt Ryan loved this pick. Congrats to Kerry! We will be rooting for you bro!

DawgBoi

April 28th, 2010
6:57 pm

d.carter what are you talking about. Look at the guy’s film. Who cares if we didn’t ask him to run around in shorts. This is a guy that obviously showed up for his team on gameday when he was needed. Also, in one of the clips after his 102 catch season, he talks about watching film and taking notes b/c he expected to be better his senior year. Looks like we got a leader as well.

todd

April 28th, 2010
7:04 pm

just because the guy is white we have to compare him to Brian Finneran??

waynester

April 28th, 2010
7:23 pm

Another added value on Meier is his ability as a punter. Biermann can boot it too, in an emergency. Koenen has added value with kickoffs–all our guys are expected to contribute on multiple levels. Maybe that’s what made Carlton Mitchell less of a fit for us…..

crabapplejoe

April 28th, 2010
7:38 pm

todd wrote: “just because the guy is white we have to compare him to Brian Finneran??”

LOL….well at least its a little closer than the constant and lame camparisons to Wes Welker.

fruitbowljoe

April 28th, 2010
7:48 pm

Well, it’s better than the constant and lame assertions that we should get more white guys than black guys. Now who says stuff like that?

fruitbowljoe

April 28th, 2010
7:49 pm

crab…apple….joe…

crabapplejoe

April 28th, 2010
8:25 pm

@fruitbowl joe: Apparently you do…LMAO at the anonymous fool. And of course the cowardly fool can’t back up his comment.

chris taylor

April 28th, 2010
9:12 pm

I think the guy is a keeper. Matt Ryan had a little slump last year in his accurancy too. Thats just sophomore blues. I expect great things from Matt this year. What other QB ever came in his first season and could run a no-huddle like he did. Think of Peyton Manning just without as much arm strength.

kelvin davis

April 28th, 2010
9:26 pm

Kerry Meier will be starting next year with Roddy White on the other side and Harry Douglas in the slot.. Don/t be surprised if our undrafted free agent colin peek is the TE of the future for us.. The guy can play

waynester

April 28th, 2010
9:45 pm

chris taylor
I’m , like you, hoping that Ryan turns out to be that rare Great NFL QB. I love the fact that we’re attending to our OL issues NOW, before a disatrous injury occurs, potentially ruining a shot at a playoff run. If our back-up Qb’s ever have to see the field due to injury it could prove ruionous, indeed.
kelvin davis
Very optimistic forecast for these young guys, but I like it….

Chilly D

April 28th, 2010
11:23 pm

I wish Kerry the best of luck. I hope that he can come in and contribute to the team whether it’s special teams or offense.

falconfanintitantown

April 29th, 2010
12:38 am

Listen, you smell that? Smells like an orginization bulding a championship caliber team one draft at a time. I’m a falcon fan who lives close to nashville, and I remember people wondering who this CHRIS JOHNSON guy was that the titans drafted. TD has made some great picks in the past-Decoud,MATTY ICE, Biermann,etc. One thing he learned from NE, players who are versatile(notice when a patriots player is injured they usually do just fine) I don’t know how this draft class will pan out, but I do know TD,SMITTY, and the boys have a plan!!!!! I MEAN DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER AUNDREY BRUCE?

cwltank

April 29th, 2010
3:58 am

Why are everyone talking about Finnerman, as if he the go to guy.
2 seasons ago he was injured & he was not producing before his injury in 09. OK, 1 game he did impress. I will be shocked if he makes the team.

THe MASKED ASSASSIN

April 29th, 2010
6:29 am

time will tell the tape training camp opens in a few months and the falcons finally winning back to back seasons for the first time ever has got finally in my mind that winning a super bowl is possible one day in happened in louisiana can it happen in georgia we have been waiting since 1966 and i would appreciate a super bowl win just one before they move this team some where else.oneday.

Dave

April 29th, 2010
7:10 am

Finneran just turned 34 years old. he has had a number of injuries sooner or later he will get beat out because every year he gets paid more and there will be cheaper alternatives. If Finneran doesn’t get beat out this year he will be beat out next year. Only WRs with heavy production like TO get to keep their jobs for long Finneran isn’t in that category.

Mike

April 29th, 2010
10:18 pm

I do not see Finn making the team this year. With Harry Douglas returning, drafting Meier, and the addition of Ryan Wolfe (who I expect to beat out Finn and Weems for the 5th and final WR position). I do think Peek will also make the team, and challenge for #2 TE on the depth chart. I expect Weatherspoon to look good next to Lofton, we should be set at LB for a long time. Johnson will challenge Blalock, but I expect Blalock to step up his game due to competion and keep his starting position. I also believe two more undrafted free agents will make the team. Kicker Garrett Lindholm will finally give us a long standing answer for a kicker and Bush out of SC St will make the team at SS. Peters will turn out to be a stud on 3rd down, forcing QBs out of the pocket and getting the D off the field on 3rd down. However as good as I expect this class to be, I think for seasons come we are going to live with the fact that we could have stolen M Rolle in the 6th round.