Falcons sign two more players from the Big 12

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) makes a pass as Baylor defender Trey Bryant, right, gives chase in the first half of an NCAA football game, Saturday,  Oct. 4, 2008 in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) makes a pass as Baylor defender Trey Bryant, right, gives chase in the first half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Falcons continued to add to their college free agent class when they signed defensive tackle Trey Bryant and defensive end Rajon Henley on Thursday.

Bryant, 6-foot-2, 315 pounds, played at Baylor. Last season, he had 24 tackles, 1.5 for losses and one sack. He was named to the Big 12’s academic honor roll last fall.

Henley, 6-3, 244, played at Texas Tech. He played in 46 games over his career and registered 7.5 sacks.

The Falcons have dipped heavily into the Big 12 during and after this draft. The Falcons drafted three players from the Big 12, in Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks and Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier.

After the draft, in addition to Bryant and Henley, they’ve signed Colorado long snapper Justin Drescher.

51 comments Add your comment

falcdawg

April 29th, 2010
5:47 pm

theDingo

April 29th, 2010
5:48 pm

Greg

April 29th, 2010
5:51 pm

244 is really light for a DE…they must have LB in mind for Henley.

RomeDawg

April 29th, 2010
6:00 pm

Greg,

Either LB or tackling dummy for Henley. Bryant has nice size, though.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 29th, 2010
6:02 pm

They said in their release that he’s a DE. They usually don’t do the convert to LB deal. Might be he’s a speed rusher to help the tackles get ready.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 29th, 2010
6:06 pm

TD hasn’t drafted a BIG 10 player. Nor has he signed a undrafted rookie free agent from the Big Ten this off season.

Clive Cussler

April 29th, 2010
6:13 pm

truth

April 29th, 2010
6:14 pm

Okay……has all the cry babies learned a leason. Stop all the non-sense about what TD should have done and should not have done and let the man build this team.

Trust me he knows what he is doing unlike most, if not all of us.

Not hate’n just say’n.

Gwinnett Fred

April 29th, 2010
6:17 pm

Pretty bad when the only photo of the guy is really a photo of Bradford with him barely in the shot.

UDFA

April 29th, 2010
6:18 pm

Atlanta needs to bring in the RB from SC State. Will Ford. 5′8″ 205lbs 4.3 40 speed. 4yr player. Graduated. Smart tough kid who even at his smaller size excels at running between the tackles.

realbirdofprey

April 29th, 2010
6:23 pm

SEC AND BIG 12 ARE THE BEST PERIOD

screg

April 29th, 2010
6:50 pm

i was hoping danario alexander would be one of the names mentioned.

blackbee

April 29th, 2010
7:11 pm

I think the Falcons did a very poor job in the later rounds! T want to go to the SUPER BOWL, I feel it is this year while we have T. Gon and our bks. are healthy or it may be a long time. They pass over Jacoby Ford and Gilyard in the 4th. Dwyer who we all know got a bum deal, we pass over in the 6th. Jeff Owens who I beleive is waaayyyyy better then Peters goes in the 7th. Brandon Lang in the 6th. Everson Griffin who was rumored to be a first round goes in the 3rd after the Falcons pick. I would have gone after Tony Pike who went in the 7th. We could have helped us gert to the SUPER BOWL. Now we still have issues at DE and WR. It is too much to chance! On a good note gettting Colin Peek as a Free Agent was good and Franks at 5 was good. Hopefully TD will make some deals.

ryan

April 29th, 2010
7:17 pm

I am just disapointed that TD has shown no effort to sign a DE or WR there is OSI also Antiono Pearce Roy E. Williams is out there. This is TD draft and if we don’t make the playoffs there will be hell to pay.

robdawg08

April 29th, 2010
7:23 pm

Why didn’t they draft a top DE in the draft ? Still a lot of holes on this team to compete with the Saints,Cowboys,etc. next year.

waynester

April 29th, 2010
7:23 pm

Trey Bryant played NT for Baylor since his freshman year. A very durable player who only missed a handful of games in his carreer. You need durable guys with moderately good talent for your practice squad and Bryant has potential , but at 315 seems a little light for NT, even in a 4-3.
Rajon Henley played DT at TxTech alongside Brandon Carter and a great DE Sharpe on a pretty well-coached D-line.
TD/Smith don’t seem to pick a guy without versatility and a will to get better and never just by shooting at a dartboard. We list Jerry as a NT, but c’mon he’s an UT like Babineaux and probably Peters–despite playing over the Nose at times in Ky’s 4-3. Hopefully they’ll both develop into starters in a few seasons…

robdawg08

April 29th, 2010
7:26 pm

Osi 9Giants) would be a huge upgrade at DE.

waynester

April 29th, 2010
7:36 pm

ryan
Yeah it would be a major letdown with the schedule so amenable to a playoff run. The Saints sure used their easy schedule last season and we need to do the same–with the same results!

Nobody

April 29th, 2010
7:42 pm

No one has the football IQ to question these draft picks. If you will stop and listen you will understand what TD is doing. There were no DE left that would fit the falcons system. We have had dozens of big name draftees in the past that were not as good as a lot of the free agents we have on our team. Have patients. And believe this staff knows what it is doing. High character, intelligent and hard working. Look around the league NE, Colts.

NativeFalcon

April 29th, 2010
7:42 pm

Once again, the naysayers have it right, and the idiots at 680thefan are clueless. All of last season, it was amazing that our #2 receiver only had 1 touchdown catch in 15 games. Little used Eric Weems had either 2 or 3 in a limited role. I voiced all season that teams like the Saints, Vikings, Cowboys, Colts, Steelers, all had two wide receivers or more on their teams that can keep a defense honest. Thank God that Roddy White has been injury free so far and that Tony Gonzalez made up the slack. In 47 years of living here, the Falcons and the Dawgs for that matter have always been predominant running teams, well in today’s game, you better have running and passing, and a good overall defense. Wake up Mr. Blanc, Dez Bryant is now a Cowboy, you had a shot and blew it, now the Cowboys with Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and family, along with New Orleans and Minnesota are above and beyond what you’ll be putting on the field next season. Good luck!

robdawg08

April 29th, 2010
7:51 pm

Nobody might not have the football iq of TD but we know that Abraham is too slow on the edge now and a non-drafted signing isn’t getting it done.

Nobody

April 29th, 2010
8:02 pm

Where would we have gotten a DE move up like the Eagles and give our drat away? Two back to back winning seasons and in the playoffs this year. He knows what he is doing. Maybe they can $hit an all pro DE.

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JD

April 29th, 2010
8:37 pm

Any word on Joe Cox getting signed?

mo

April 29th, 2010
8:47 pm

hi blackbee what is job title, I dont think it is GM of the Falcons, so stay out of this wood have cood have a pro de or wr . thanks nobody you have good FBI that > 10

henry

April 29th, 2010
8:59 pm

I wonder why all you people complaining here about who the falcons draft and sign. Could it be because they know more about it than you do? If I were you I wouldn’t hold my breath while waiting on them call you for your advice.

falconfanforever

April 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

well… the Braves are stinkn’ up the place. Hopefully UGA has a good season and I’m sure fired up about GSU Panthers football but I can’t wait to see my beloved Falcons and all their new talent do some MV7 spankin’.

Chucktown 38

April 29th, 2010
9:22 pm

UDFA isn’t that Roddy’s cousin?The running back from SC State.

GA DAWG

April 29th, 2010
9:36 pm

I am an experienced DE, good, available and ready.
Charles Grant

LizDawg

April 29th, 2010
9:39 pm

Good one JD, word is CFL may sign the Ginger Ninja based on the game film of him lighting up the GT defense to the tune of 30-24!

HOG BUST

April 29th, 2010
10:03 pm

Looks like they skipped over the good players and drafted project players. Must not have watched any college games last year.

Number 2 Tech Fan

April 29th, 2010
10:18 pm

HOG BUST you are an ass hole you don’t know anything about what they are doing you moron friggin bit56

Rocky MTN Falcon

April 29th, 2010
10:19 pm

This is TD’s and Coach Smith’s 3rd draft, going into the 3rd season. Last two seasons have been winners. 11-5 made the playoffs, and 9-7 finished w/3 game winning streak, including a win over the Jets that made it to the AFC Championship game. These guys kinda know what they are doing. Better than any other Falcon management team in recent memory.

thunderbull56

April 29th, 2010
10:24 pm

From those stats they oughta be fresh as an autumn pounceyansy. Gawwllee Andy.Come on dude,I and every@#$# body else has suffered enough.Where’s the beef as Clara once asked?

Nique

April 29th, 2010
10:24 pm

D-Led please help me understand…
Why didn’t we go after Brandon Lang? I can buy the front offices argument for not drafting a DE, well somewhat, but to not bring in one as a URFA to me is absurd & I’d love to know why we didn’t. Especially someone that’s known as a pass rusher, who comes from a school known for breeding them.

bob

April 29th, 2010
10:24 pm

Too many GMs, not enough fans.

Uniform Change Please

April 29th, 2010
10:26 pm

Please get rid of the arena league uniforms. Let’s switch to the throw back unis permanently.

Irkney Dooley

April 29th, 2010
10:31 pm

Bestoink, get back in your cell! You in trouble wit momma now, bein on her compruder and such.

vuduchld

April 29th, 2010
10:37 pm

These Falcons are going nowhere

Bestoink Dooley

April 29th, 2010
10:42 pm

Shuddup Irkney, Aunt Petunier don’t care if I talk bad about Cadillac Eddie Ray.

Irkney Dooley

April 29th, 2010
10:47 pm

Yes she do. Jus because he dropped her don’t mean she hates him.

Bestoink Dooley

April 29th, 2010
10:48 pm

Shuddup Irkney

Singletary

April 29th, 2010
10:50 pm

Native Falcon, I’ve liked most of your posts so far, but I offer this dissent respectfully. I think — yes, I”m not TD — that Dez would have been horrific in the locker room. Maybe not to the inflamed id-ego-super ego of TO level, but surely not the constructive team player we’ve otherwise recruited. Let’s see how this plays out. Maybe we don’t have another John Abraham Prime yet, but I totally believe in multi-tasking Kroy, The Beirmann. If, at the end of Bradley’s predicted three years to a Super Bowl win, you call me out for being a complete football nincompoop, I promise not to flame you … because I believed “Dmitty-Smitty” will turn it around. Together as Falcons Fans? Let’s do it!

Irkney Dooley

April 29th, 2010
10:51 pm

You shuddup fore I nock a not on yo hed.

Monger

April 29th, 2010
11:29 pm

@blackbee- Why do you not like our final rounds of the draft?? Corey Peters is alot better than people think, he is the exact type of quick burst, penetrate the backfield and reak havoc DT that Dimitroff loves, he can play the run and pass equally well, and his stats speak for themselves playing in the best league in college football- the SEC, of course. Teams actually gameplanned around him. Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama was a GREAT, GREAT pick by TD, he is extremely smart, playing under Saban tells you he is very disciplined, great technique, physical, and does all the little things right. I think TD knows OL well, given his OL he created with the Pats in the 2000s, so he gets the benefit of the doubt. Hawley, OG, from UNLV is extremely strong, I dont like him as much as the other late rounders, but I give TD the benefit of the doubt on OL as I just said. I love the Meier pick, he is a FOOTBALL player, good reciever, not a burner, but has great hands, runs crisp routes, and goes over the middle well, should make the team as a #4, and goes great with Douglas and White who can stretch the field, opening up the middle of the field for him to make catches with Tony G, as well. Exactly the type of reciever we need, goes perfect as our 4th wideout (sorry Finn, but Meier is younger and faster, with 2 good knees). Not sure about this S from Montana, but Biermann is a former Grizzly, if he works hard, could be a great special teamer, but we are solid at Safety with DeCoud, Coleman, and Moore coming back, so probably my least favorite pick, especially since we signed DiGordano in the offseason to do this guys dirty work on special teams. I happen to like most all of the picks….especially Spoon, who will be our derrick brooks for the next ten years, and curtis lofton will be our ray lewis, just watch….

Monger

April 29th, 2010
11:44 pm

@ryan- I feel that TD really likes our DE and WR groups. I agree that our DE’s should be fine, but I agree that we should have picked up a veteran FA WR to help our talented rookies. I really like both Kerry Meier and Ryan Wolfe as recievers, They are both great possession recievers with 1,000 yards recieving years in college, and plenty of records, hundred yard games, to prove it. These are the type of productive WRs a team needs in the #4 and 5 slots, ones that just make plays, have great hands, catch the ball and go north and south, run good routes, and work the middle of the field. They dont have Wes Welker speed, but both are 6′2 around 220 lbs, and have amazing hands, and would be great recievers for the falcons run first offense, as they can block well. I think Meier will be our #4 when camp ends, and Finn will probably be #5 because of his leadership and the fact he is well liked, but I really wish Wolfe gets it, because I really see him as being a steal who could end up being like an Ed McCaffrey down the line, or more recently, an Austin Collie. Go check out both these guys highlights on Youtube, and you will be impressed…

As for the DE, I feel with Abe coming back to form this year (I think he will be back to around 10-12 sacks again), and Biermann coming into his 3rd year opposite him, and he should just keep getting better and better (he is an amazing worker, with a great motor from all the reports I hear on him), he had 2 sacks his rookie year, 5 last year, so I think 7-8 sacks would be easily attainable for him if he continues to work hard. I think Sidbury will come on strong and have a few sacks, and Chauncey Davis is not flashy, but great against the run, and dependable as a back-up. And than we have Jamaal as #5, really he’s been a dissapointment, but there are alot worse #5 DE’s than Jamaal, and he will be spending most of his time as a back-up DT anyways, where he played a little bit better last year. I think he may move there full time, once we pick up a mid-round DE in next years draft. But I think TD is really sold on this group of 5 solid DE’s, and Sidburry and Biermann are both young and really explosive, watch out for both of them this year to really free up Abe to do some damage. We also picked up a rookie DE from Ole Miss (not sure if you saw) named Emmanuel Stephens, just a training camp body, stats not too impressive, but you never know…

Monger

April 29th, 2010
11:54 pm

Guys I think TD knows Brandon Lang runs a 4.99 40, and in general is just too slow and unathletic to play against NFL competition. He played for a small school in Troy, and wasnt even as dominant as an NFL prospect from a small school like that should be. Guys I know he is a somewhat local guy, but the fact of the matter is there is a reason he went undrafted, he has just reached his max, his ceiling, it happens….he’ll be a good training camp body, but nothing more…Biermann and Sidbury would run circles around him…

D-Led- What do you think about TD bringing back his boy Dan Klecko. who he knew from his scouting days with the Pats, to our Falcons. I am intrigued by the fact, that they used him as a dual DT/FB with the Pats, and I believe his last team (Eagles, maybe?) used him in that capacity as well. I would love to see him get a roster spot, as he is a bit undersived at 275 lb. for a DT, but he can be a great back up FB for us to give Ovie a breather, dont you think?? 275 lb of hard flesh coming at Lbs, similar to what Lorenzo Neal did back in the day, but Klecko is a little bit bigger than Lorenzo, but not as fast….I dont want to see Klecko in too many FB plays, because his speed is a liability, but on third downs and goal line situtations, I would really like to see that…maybe a two fullback set with Ovie and Klecko (man my mouth is watering just thinking about it…) Anyways, do you know what TD has said about how they will use Klecko?

mo

April 30th, 2010
12:14 am

let us get the name of this, wood have cood have a pro de or wr / GM . let wait till week 14or so and give them like 2 words or i told u so / GET OFFF THE PIPE , OR EVEN S??? MY %#@$$$$$$$

Q

April 30th, 2010
12:24 am

I have a lot of confidence in our current Falcons staff. They have made good picks the last couple of years, though most were not very popular at the time. They have a great knack for trusting their own judgment and evaluations instead of feeding into the hype machines of the media and draft “experts”. The only negative thing I have noticed is a few players with questionable durability. Sam Baker is a good LT when on the field. Had injuries in college and now in the pros. William Moore had injuries in college and now the pros. Not sure if we could have seen P. Jerry’s injury coming. I like how these players are turning out talent wise, just hope more of our top picks can stay healthy.

Paddy

April 30th, 2010
3:49 am

Stop with why didn’t TD draft a DE. He didn’t like what was available when his turn to draft came up. Or he thought the players available were not better than what he already had on the roster. It is not that difficult of a concept to get your arms around. It is basic front office logic that has been employed for years in all sports that have a draft system.

scotty

May 1st, 2010
8:03 pm

these are the same comments falcon fans have every year after the draft and off season,lets just wait..i for one am tired of waiting for guys to pan out and giving them 5 or 6 years of productivity..draft players for once..roddy white needs help those practice squad receivers have and will never get it done..look at the elite teams in this league,its so simple, produce or there is the door, unlike Atlanta who rewards non-productivity with a renewed contract..if i had hair id be pulling it out