Falcons have met with Auburn RB Mario Fannin

UGA's Asher Allen can't stop Mario Fannin from scoring a touchdown that gave Auburn a 13-10 lead. Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com

UGA's Asher Allen can't stop Mario Fannin from scoring a touchdown that gave Auburn a 13-10 lead. Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn running back Mario Fannin, who played at Lovejoy High, was invited to the NFL scouting combine and performed well during the school’s pro day recently.

Fannin said that he’s met with Falcons informally and has interviewed with them.

“I’ve talked them a couple of times,” said Fannin, who’s 5-11, 228 pounds.

During Auburn’s national championship run, Fannin had 61 rushes for 395 yards and scored five touchdowns. He also had 17 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

He was pleased with his showing during the pro day drills.

“I felt like it went good,” Fannin said. “I think I showed the scouts that I can catch and that I can run. I improved some of the times I had at the combine.”

Fanning, like most of the draft eligible players, are keeping a close watch on the NFL’s labor situation.

“You just have to hope that they get the situation solved,” Fannin said. “I have to keep training and working hard like nothing is going on. If it happens, it happens.”

Fannin is a projected seventh round pick/free agent by NFLDraftScout.com, which ranks him as the 23rd best back in the draft. He’s hoping to improve his draft status.

“You just train and hopefully meet with some teams,” Fannin said. “You want to show that you can get on the drawing board. You want to show them that you really know football and hope that your name gets called on draft day.

“There were a lot of teams that I talked to (at the combine). I’m just working hard to impress somebody. It only takes one.”

With quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley working out, every team in the NFL was on hand for Auburn’s pro day. That could have helped Fannin get noticed.

“Cam and Nick did a great job for us this past season,” Fannin said. “You can only thank them for what they did. It was great to have scouts and general managers come out here and watch all of us.  It was great for us seniors and the juniors coming out.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Bill Bagley

March 23rd, 2011
12:17 am

The Wonderlic score is the only piece of data that I need. I use it as a variable coefficient, along with the player’s college stats and pre-draft measurables The most accurate score is the one that is administered and proctored at the Combine. Wonderlic scores the tests and gives the results to the teams. Some of the higher profile players, have their’s leaked. The most important score is the one of the coaches. I have to extrapolate those scores.

I would love a scouting job, because all I need is data and a calculator. I am very objective in my assessments. During the 2010 playoffs, it broke my heart to bet against the Falcons. Green Bay Indexed at 162 and Atlanta Indexed at 144. Even though the Falcons were favored by 2.5 and played so well at the Dome, it just wasn’t enough to overcome an 18 point Index deficit. I just hope the team won’t hold it against me.

I know a little about football, but I know a lot about Multivariate Statistical Analysis, and the Physics of the game.

Go Falcons!

True Falcon Fan

March 23rd, 2011
8:12 am

Hey Bill, go for it buddy call their HR, you will never know unless you try??


March 23rd, 2011
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March 23rd, 2011
11:12 am
Hey Joe, in your prayers………………ask for some punctuation, grammar, and spelling skills, I’ll see what I can do.


March 24th, 2011
2:29 am

you can’t say the last thing they need is a RB. and Actually they probaly do need one cause Norwood is probaly gone. they have put too much time and money into him and he’s been hurt more than played, sooo who know and I’m sure it’s not gonna be an early round. I just hope we get soem defensive player to help us where we need the most help.


March 24th, 2011
10:37 am

we already have 2 power running backs!! why get another one! we need a quick rb if we even need a rb at all…our biggest hole is DEFENSE


March 25th, 2011
9:01 am

Fannin fumbles nearly everytime he touches the ball.

Falcons relax...

March 26th, 2011
9:57 am

@ aj This guy is fast. 4.3?? Nothings wrong with having a big fast RB. lol!