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

alanfalcon

April 28th, 2010
7:49 am

Glad to see the Falccons go after someone that understands the receiving game, very much like Finneran.

J dubb

April 28th, 2010
7:50 am

Is this guy going to be our new Brian Finneran? Sounds like a tough, hard working WR, looking to do the dirty work – not a prima donna. Like it.

BTW,

FIrst.

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J dubb

April 28th, 2010
7:51 am

Oh well, thats what you get when you actually read the article and comment on it.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2010
7:58 am

He’s 3 inches shorter than Finneran, who I’m sure is going to battle for his spot. He came up the rough side of the mountain in the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Villanova. He’s not going to give his job away.

Chattanooga Chuck

April 28th, 2010
8:00 am

I can’t imagine what he’s going through now. I wish him the best in his personal and professional lives.

florida falcon

April 28th, 2010
8:07 am

God bless you and your family on this very trying time.
Welcome to the Falcons.

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mountain_jim

April 28th, 2010
8:12 am

Peace to you and your family in this time of mourning, Kerry.

We look forward to seeing you play for Atlanta, where there is definitely an opportunity there for you.

suwaneefalcon

April 28th, 2010
8:21 am

This kid has heart and has the talent to be a solid third receiver in the NFL. Like a Welker who performs when given the chance. Looking forward to watching this kid compete in camp.

Dominic Hughes

April 28th, 2010
8:22 am

Welcome to the Falcons Kerry. Yes, I think he’s a likely replacement for Finn. A guy who will be a nice, big target and help move the chains. Love his enthusiasm and he sounds very astute. Another good weapon for Mularkey to add to the mix.

Dominic Hughes

April 28th, 2010
8:23 am

I should add a likely EVENTUAL replacement for Finn. I’m not trying to push Finn out the door…

Mike Jay

April 28th, 2010
8:25 am

Him and Finn will both make the team. Weems iss out. New Rookied CB can return punts and kicks.

DJ

April 28th, 2010
8:26 am

Perhaps Finn will take in this guy and teach him the ropes. Nobody seems to have mentioned (yet)….the Falcons drafted a bunch of players with one thing in common – their football knowledge may exceed their projected value in the draft.

Looks like this draft is for the long haul.

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Ease in Buckhead

April 28th, 2010
8:30 am

D-Led – I have heard that he may be the heir apparent to Gonzalez. With his size and knowledge of the game, doesn’t seem that far fetched to me. I know we signed a couple of undrafted TE’s but still makes some sense. What do you think?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2010
8:36 am

Ease in Buckhead — He’s 23 and I don’t know if he can add another 25 pounds or so. But that’s not far fetched.

Chop Buster

April 28th, 2010
8:45 am

1st! Nice read. This guy is going to expose some defenses this year.

Chop Buster

April 28th, 2010
8:46 am

Wow..guess I’m not 1st. LOL

Brownie

April 28th, 2010
8:58 am

Certainly seems to be a theme with TD’s draft picks: very smart overachievers, not divas. Over the long haul, it isn’t always the best talent that wins for you, it’s the team-oriented guys who don’t freelance during a game and perform their jobs properly – consistent effort and limited mistakes. Not real sexy, but it works.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

April 28th, 2010
9:00 am

what kind of game speed does he have ? I know he is not a burner by any means but some smart detail oriented players play faster than their 40 times could he be one of them ?

Falcon 228

April 28th, 2010
9:04 am

I can’t say much about this player. More will be revealed.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2010
9:06 am

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN — TD said he runs a 4.59. I’ve seen a 4.51 and 4.52 also. So he’s not a burner.

Hamp

April 28th, 2010
9:17 am

Smart pick this guy ate up a ton of yards over the middle. We need a WR that those not mind going over the middle. If he works hard he will be a very solid pick up.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

April 28th, 2010
9:20 am

Not so sure about this pick. Better finds at D-Line or O-line this late in the draft. WRs that are not gone by the 5th are…well, lets just say that they are bodies for the first team defense to tee off on. 3 inches shorter than Finn…Finn is a vet and catches the seam route very well. Also Finn has something to offer in the red zone.

Will be good for this guy to make the practice squad.

FBD

BigTimeTECHFan

April 28th, 2010
9:26 am

Of all the pick I’m not very high on this one, but I really hope he proves me wrong.

Not quick like Douglas
Not Fast like R White
Not Big like Jenkins

I see 4th or 5th receiver at best, covering kickoffs and punts.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 28th, 2010
9:30 am

Blair White was not picked – Anyone know what happened to him?
Brandon James from Florida would have been worth a shot

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2010
9:36 am

BigTimeTECHFan — looks like Blair White signed with the Colts.

Jeff

April 28th, 2010
9:38 am

Fin is on the down side of his carrer too. 10 plus years in the league, he can’t stay healthy, hasn’t played but maybe 10 games in the last 10 years due to injuries.
Jenkins -size hasn’t helped his hands or his routes, he is wasting space with us.
We needed a WR not that he is he answer, but the only two we have we can count on are White and TG. We need to go after a FA.

BFALCON

April 28th, 2010
9:38 am

Any word on john Henderson. Heard he may be coming for a visit on Friday. Can you confirm?

Dominic Hughes

April 28th, 2010
9:40 am

Frederick(Bailey)Douglass – what about Johnny Knox, taken by the Bears last year in the 5th round, making the Pro Bowl as a rookie? Or Pierre Garcon, taken by the Colts in the 6th round the year before that? Or the Cowboys’ Miles Austin – who went undrafted in 2006? As did Wes Welker in 2004? Exceptions to the rule? Maybe….but maybe so is Kerry. Nobody knows anything about any 2010 draft pick for certain yet.

D. Bell

April 28th, 2010
9:41 am

If this guy can contribute half of what Wes Welker does for New England, he’ll be worth the pick. He’s got crazy-good hands and he plays the middle of the field, something the Falcons are lacking right now. Imagine Harry Douglas burning the slot position with speed on one play, then Meier coming in and busting up the middle on the next.

charles

April 28th, 2010
9:47 am

to the guys who are not very high on this or some of the other picks i have a question. how much tape on these guys have you watched? have you interviewed them or their coaches? the falcs have so i’ll trust their judgement that over time all their decisions will bring us a consistent winner !

Dominic Hughes

April 28th, 2010
9:53 am

Danario Alexander hasn’t signed with anyone either I believe. Still not able to pass a physical due to his dodgy knee from what I’ve read but hoping to do so before training camps begin. Will be interesting to see if any team takes a chance on him. DOL any chance the Falcons could be interested?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2010
9:56 am

BFALCON — I’ll have an update soon. Played little football with his agent, Tim McGee! We both went to Audubon Jr. High. He, ofcourse, went on to play 10 years in the NFL.

Terrell

April 28th, 2010
9:59 am

BigTimeTECHFan,
Various scouting reports say that he’s an excellent route runner that has qucik feet like you would expect in a SMALLER WR. He may not be faster than Roddy and at 6′2 he’s 2 inches shorter than Jenkins but he weighs 12 lbs more. He is just as big as Jenkins

tony

April 28th, 2010
10:05 am

Josh

April 28th, 2010
10:17 am

If we wanted a WR, Carlton Mitchell was still available and we got this guy. Blows my mind. He won’t get open in the NFL. Mitchell could have come in and challenged Jenkins.

Crabkilla

April 28th, 2010
10:29 am

Finneran is a beast! Hard to replace his toughness and locker room leadership. Kerry sounds like he is the best fit person to try. I hope he does well.

Bill

April 28th, 2010
10:31 am

I watched him play at KU and he’s a solid receiver with good hands.

Delbert D.

April 28th, 2010
10:31 am

I like what Finneran has done for the Birds over the years, and I like Meier’s resume and highlights.

kelvin davis

April 28th, 2010
10:35 am

Lets think about something real quick.. Look at Michael Jenkins college highlights and look at Kerry Meiers.. He did better than Jenkins in college regardless of the offense.. Yea he ran a 4.55 or whatever but he’s in the NFL now.. They know how to make players faster so im not worried about him improving his speed because I think he will work hard at it. Some of yall make it seem as if he will run a 4.55 for the rest of his career in football.. Players do get better.. And Im gonna go out on a limb and say Meier has better hands than Jekins already.. Yes he’s 3 inches shorter than Finneran but he has the it factor to his game.. And last time I checked Jerry Rice, Reggie Wayne, Hines Ward, Larry Fitzgerald all ran in the 4.5 area at the combine but all of them knew how to run good routes coming out of college and their route running along with their speed got alot better once they made it to the league so just wanted to throw that out there.. And Kerry Meier will wear number 80 in case anyone was wondering.. And I dont know about you all but I think there should be alot more attention towards Sean Weatherspoon wearing number 56.. Theres alot to live up to in terms of that jersey number

Mike is Back

April 28th, 2010
10:43 am

DLed, again I like the pick…he got some swagger…I like that…he sounds like a great position receiver when you need to move the chains. It will be interesting to see how shakes out…I’m pulling for him.

Bird Watcher

April 28th, 2010
10:44 am

I LOVE HOW EVERYONE BLOGS WITH, I AM HEARING THIS OR MY SOURCES ARE SAYING THIS OR THAT, AS IF THEY HAVE A MICROPHONE BUGGED IN TD’S OFFICE OR SOMETHING.

Sick & TIred Of Being Sick & TIred

April 28th, 2010
10:46 am

Welcome Kerry Meier to the Atlanta Falcons. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the fastest player on the field as a receiver. The main thing is that you run good down field routes and catch the ball so that the 1st down marker keeps moving forward. Consistency is what counts!!!!!

It would have been really nice if the Falcons had been able to trade Jenkins for a 2nd round pick in the draft…..however, if the other teams saw what we saw all year long (wide open drops), that was not going to happen. Oh well….just wishful thinking on my part.

GT3O

April 28th, 2010
10:49 am

I like this pick, and all of these draft picks from the Falcons may not “wow” but they certainly all seem smart and that’ll get you far.

This kid in particular won’t be speedy, but the Falcons have that already. They need a guy who you can count on, on third downs and short down distance to the endzone. In other words, they need someone OTHER THAN MICHAEL JENKINS.

Bill Mc

April 28th, 2010
10:53 am

Why not? Sounds like the kind of guy we want. Might even work him in on the wildcat now and then. I like his attitude. He will fit right in on this team.

John Waynesworld

April 28th, 2010
10:58 am

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2010
10:59 am

BFalcon — No trip planned to ATL for Henderson, according his agent Tim McGee.

Paddy O

April 28th, 2010
11:01 am

Regardless of your opinion, this draft makes you excited about next year. If all stay healthy, we should be a very good, highly competitive team. I’ll be disappointed if we do not win at least 11 games. Any doubters?

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.

Monger

April 30th, 2010
12:04 am

I agree with you Mike, TD picked up some excellent young WRs in Meier and Wolfe, both are great possession recievers with GREAT hands, both run crisp routes, can go over the middle, make all the catches, and are in general just good football players. They will surprise alot of people (except us of course), to how good they are. They may not have Wes Welker speed, but I think Meier and Wolfe, can become Ed McCaffreys or more recently like Austin Collies for our team. I think Meier gets the #4 and Wolfe the #5. My only concern is if TD and Mike Smith keep Finn around for his leadership, and teamwork mentality, he would be a good mentor to Meier and Wolfe, but he is just too old and slow, so I wish him the best, but I dont think he is better than either at this point in his career, and Weems is a good returner, and I think he could become a decent reciever in this league, but Wolfe and Meier have too much potential to risk losing to another team… I think Finn and Weems are the odd men out for the final recieving spots..GO MEIER AND WOLFE!!!!

Monger

April 30th, 2010
12:08 am

Kerry Meier and Ryan Wolfe are exactly the type of recievers this team needs to go with Roddy White and Harry Douglas, who spread the field vertically, while Meier, Wolfe, and Tony G can be grabbing lots of passes in the middle of the field with lots of seam routes and what not…Michael Jenkins can stretch the field a little too, and can run some out patterns on the side, he is an amazing blocker as well…I really like this group of WRs…TD seems to have set this up perfectly, as far as I can see…

falcon4life

April 30th, 2010
8:05 am

This is a very smart pick and I think everyone is missing the significance of it. The falcons lost Harry Douglas last year and that was a significant loss. Have you thought about how we would do if we lost Roddy White for a year ? This kid from Kansas will be Harry Douglas’ backup in the slot. If Jenkins or White go down Douglas will move over to fill their spot and it will not be a major drop off. The desperately needed a quality backup in the slot. Kudos Falcons.

waynester

April 30th, 2010
1:20 pm

The other elephant in the room in the WR discussion is Matt Ryan. Mike Smith’s philosophy is to look at his players’ strengths, not weaknesses. All these players are awesome at the intermediate passing game. Guess what matt does well? The new guys have a lot of QB awareness and we like to run the no-huddle because (again) it’s what Ryan does well. It’s a smart, positive approach to developing players that leads to confidence and (hopefully) future all-pro….

john doe

April 30th, 2010
3:33 pm

I lived in B12 country the last 3 years and saw this kid quite a bit. He was in a dead heat with Todd Reesing for the QB job before suffering an injury that ultimately gave Reesing the job. Even though he was a starting receiver he spent the last 3 seasons practicing as a QB. According to the KU people this is what they were so impressed with. He spent a major portion of his practice time not as a receiver and still excelled at the position.

john doe

April 30th, 2010
3:34 pm

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HATinGA

May 1st, 2010
6:03 am

Watched his highlight clip love his hands and he gets up field quick after the catch gr8 pickup!

DePlane

May 1st, 2010
10:10 am

I’m loving what the Falcons have done with their 8 picks. Every one of the players drafted fills a need. I’m happy they got their versatile OLB, shored up DT with a dedicated (healthy) player who may be a sleeper in Corey. Shored up the OL with Johnson and Hawley, a potential starter and a Nasty Boy who fits with PB O line attitude requirements.

Franks looks to be projected to KO/PR duties and is a burner. Good cover man? We’ll find out, but another multi-purpose player.

Now to Kerry Meier…love this pick. This is a tough nosed kid and he is also multi-purpose. Loved his highlights…see him layout over the middle on the end zone catch? That is pure instinct and hard to teach. He literally plucks that ball out of the air! Comparing his height to Fin or Jenkins is silly. At 6′2 224lbs he is no small fry…this kid catches the ball like a vacuum cleaner. Peace and love to him and his family in their sorrowful time of loss.

The Birds last pick…their Mr. irrelevant? Not! He is also a utility knife with speed who will bolster ST and provide depth at S.

In all, I like the draft and the players and I see DT/MS building this team with the pieces they need for their schemes. It may not be flashy or sexy yet…but give this class time and all of them will contribute and some of them will be all-pro in the NFL.

sirenman

May 1st, 2010
5:44 pm

once again I’d like to compare the falcons with the patriots..this kid seems alot like Wes Welker and he became Tom Brady’s security blanket. Welker is not a burner either but he has really great instincts. he could be another important piece f the puzzle.

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An Adult

May 2nd, 2010
9:03 am

Chopbuster
Grow up… this first thing is so high school.. oh, maybe that’s where you are in life. Hope you enjoy the prom.

Hamad Meander

May 3rd, 2010
5:04 pm

Name the fastest WR you remember playing in the NFL. What was his production? Name the best WR to ever play the game. How fast was he? Jerry Rice wasn’t a speed merchant. He had great hands and ran excellent routes. Let’s hope for the same from Kerry Meier. He could be a fine slot receiver for Matt, but not a replacement for Jenkins.

TFL

May 6th, 2010
12:03 pm

The other thing about Kerry is that he’s probably instantly your backup punter, kicker, probably starts as the holder and can be an emergency quarterback as well.

Kerry’s other older brother was a tight end for 5 years in the NFL. There’s no reason Kerry can’t get to a smallish tight end weight.

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