BIRDLAND — We pointed out last week that the Falcons are nearly certain to pick a linebacker at some point in the draft.
Most of the guys they are kicking the tires on are considered third and fourth rounders.
They’ve checked out Georgia’s Akeem Dent, California’s Mike Mohamed and others.
We need to add Miami’s Colin McCarthy to the linebacker list, according to a report by Aaron Wilson of the NationalFootballPost.com.
McCarthy was a team captain last season for the Hurricanes. He had 34 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and three interceptions over his career.
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He seemed to be chasing on a lot of plays in that Wake Forest game.
The Falcons are scouting the Hurricanes heavily for this draft. They also are checking out defensive end Allen Bailey, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, cornerbacks Brandon Harris and DeMarcus Van Dyke. Traditionally, the U players have that “speed and urgency” that general manager Thomas Dimitroff talks about. But these guys were just good enough to get Randy Shannon fired.
In probably a much bigger note, Wilson reported (also un-sourced) that Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan was set to work out for the Falcons yesterday in Indiana. He would be under consideration for the first round pick.
The Falcons official draft picks were released on Tuesday.
The team will have its full allotment of seven picks plus two seventh round picks acquired in trades with Detroit and New England.
The draft will held April 28-30.
2011 NFL DRAFT ORDER FOR THE ATLANTA FALCONS
27. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
59. Atlanta Falcons
91. Atlanta Falcons
124. Atlanta Falcons
158. Atlanta Falcons
192. Atlanta Falcons
209. Atlanta Falcons (from Detroit in the Chris Houston trade)
228. Atlanta Falcons
229. Atlanta Falcons (from New England in the Quinn Ojinnaka trade)
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog