Falcons Q&A: Meet fifth round pick Kerry Meier


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.”


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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.



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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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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


April 28th, 2010
9:59 am

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


April 28th, 2010
10:05 am


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.


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.


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


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.


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?