Maryland’s Torrey Smith tweets from Flowery Branch

North Texas player Lance Dunbar, front right, stretches for extra yardage against Clemson's Marcus Gilchrist (12) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)

North Texas player Lance Dunbar, front right, stretches for extra yardage against Clemson's Marcus Gilchrist (12) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)


Add Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith to the visitors rolling through Flowery Branch this week.

He sent out this tweet at 6:28 p.m. on Tuesday; @TorreySmithWR: Where am I?

The photo reveals the side view of the Falcons’ facilities from the players’ parking lot.

BIRDLAND — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and most of the Falcons’ top personnel are bracing for a busy week of personal workouts for prospects at the team’s facilities, peaking with the team’s local day on Thursday.

The Falcons don’t release the list of scheduled visitors or make them available to the media.

It’s dangerous to read a lot into the visits. It really just means the team wants to know more about the player. The Falcons drafted a couple of players last year that never visited the facility. (Joe Hawley is the one that comes to mind quickly).

Here are a couple of visitors that we have confirmed.

  • Jerrel Jernigan, the Troy wide receiver, is set to arrive in Flowery Branch later today and will workout tomorrow.
  • Clemson defensive back Marcus Gilchrist is scheduled to visit on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent is set to visit on Thursday.

The Falcons really like Jernigan, who might not be available when they select with the 59th overall pick in the second round.

Gilchrist, 5-10, 195, played safety, nickel and cornerback at Clemson. He was also a returner and a gunner on special teams.

Dent’s name could come off the board as early as the third round.

Last week, the Falcons were out West.

They made stops in Los Angeles  (trying to confirm if they were checking out UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers). They were also in Denver on their way back from checking out Nevada tight end Virgil Green, who impressed tight ends coach Chris Scelfo at the scouting combine.

The draft will be held April 28-30.


First Round

27. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)

Second Round

59. Atlanta Falcons

Third Round

91. Atlanta Falcons

Fourth Round

124. Atlanta Falcons

Fifth Round

158. Atlanta Falcons

Sixth Round

192. Atlanta Falcons

Seventh Round

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

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26 comments Add your comment


April 11th, 2011
12:18 pm

Awesome news, D-Led–thanks. If we’re putting up a smokescreen on Jernigan it’s a good one. I think our interest is genuine. Unless we get Rudolph at #27 or 59 I believe we’re serious about Green, too….


April 11th, 2011
12:30 pm

OK, getting close …….. but the excitement is tempered with the pall of the existing lockout.
Do we go DE or WR in 1st round?

DOL, will you be @ Flowery Branch or in NYC?


April 11th, 2011
1:15 pm

I think the Falcons are taking a long look at Virgil Green. I would be very surprised to see us draft Gilchrist in the 1st 3 rounds. I would be surprised to see us draft Dent in the first 5 rounds, as backup MLB is not exactly a glaring need. I’m not completely sold on Jernigan, I’d much rather have Randall Cobb in 2nd if available or I’d take Edmund Gates in the 3rd or later rounds


April 11th, 2011
1:16 pm

Seems like there’s more likely to be a “value” DE available @ #27, whereas the wideouts avaiable then might be slight reaches by comparison. I’m hoping we take a DE in the 1st, but I wouldn’t be upset if we got someone like Torrey Smith, Baldwin, or Hankerson – all guys with upside to be a #1 receiver someday. However, if we could get someone like Jernigan in a later round, that might be the better play, as DE talent seems to be highly concentrated in the first round this year.


April 11th, 2011
1:29 pm

Everyone knows the Falcons are supposedly in love with Jernigan. Who knows if it is a smoke screen.

D-Led, maybe Ayers and R. Moore? Surprised we haven’t looked hard at either.


April 11th, 2011
2:25 pm

Wow!!! This is real news. It must be a slow day in sports.


April 11th, 2011
2:37 pm

Torrey Smith = Troy Williamson, don’t draft him!

North Ave Pocket Protector

April 11th, 2011
3:13 pm

Have I missed the stories of Georgia Tech players visiting NFL teams for potential employment???


Joe Tess Fish House

April 11th, 2011
3:55 pm

I like that Jilchrist guy.

Sheila G.

April 11th, 2011
4:38 pm

Any ex-thUGA player would be like toxic waste for the Falcons.


April 11th, 2011
4:49 pm

I hope the Falcons draft Dent. Dent is a hell of a football player!


April 11th, 2011
4:50 pm

Shelia G. Go talk a long walk on a short bridge.

Nathan Darling

April 11th, 2011
5:13 pm

I really dont want this troy guy he is too small. Titus young wr out of boise is bigger and faster and can make all the catches. We get him the 2nd round he could start next to roddy white this year.

Nathan Darling

April 11th, 2011
5:15 pm

I dont want Akkem dent or Marcus Gilchrist either i Want justin HOuston in the 1st round to play DE.


April 11th, 2011
5:21 pm

Dimitroff, Smith, BVG, and several other Falcon employees were in Raleigh-Durham area this morning. They were on my flight back to ATL this afternoon.


April 11th, 2011
5:46 pm

2011 HBCU Draft Top CBs

1. Dionte Dinkins, 6′1, 196 FVSU
2. Moses Ellis, 5′9, 180 Prairie View
3. Jacques Rickerson, 5′10, 186, Al St.
4. Brandon Bufford, 5′11, 179, Howard
5. Michael Williams, 6′0, 195, Bethune
6. Dante Barnes, 6′1, 185, Norfolk St.
7. Jamie Short, 6′1, 205, Norfolk St.
8. Justin Ferrell, 5′11, 185, NC A&T
9. Quier Hall, 6′0, 190, FAMU
10. Prathon Wilkerson, 6′0, 190 Albany


April 11th, 2011
6:17 pm

too small is Jernigan

[...] Jernigan, Gilchrist and Dent to visit Flowery Branch | Atlanta Falcons This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged a-good-one-, clemson, during-the, [...]

[...] The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan will visit the Falcons tomorrow. Falcons officials went to Troy in March to see Jernigan work out. Now they will get to know Jernigan a little better. Clemson DB Marcus Gilchrist will also be visiting with the Falcons Wednesday and Thursday. Gilchrist met with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff after Clemson’s second pro day on April 1. [...]


April 12th, 2011
12:03 am

I watched Jerrel Jerrigan play in high school (QB) and most of his games at TROY….Don’t fall into the group of folks that thought JJ was too small ( Auburn, etc)……he plays much bigger than he looks…he can catch a pass across the middle as good as anyone and can make a big gain out of it. As far as speed goes…he was injured before the combine so his 40 was slower than expected. He ran a 4.32 a week or so later for the pro scouts…as a Jr. he ran a 4.28 for the pros on Jr Pro day. We would love to have him play for the Falcons


April 12th, 2011
10:59 am

Gilchrist is being looked at as a SS with versatility not a CB with versatility. Big difference.


April 12th, 2011
11:13 am

Darling maybe you need to do a little more research on JERNIGAN, he plays bigger than his size a I can assure you titus young is not faster than Jernigan. Go do your homework on this kid, He’s for real. 5′9” and explosive with the ball in his hands. I’m sure hoping the Falcons interest level keeps elevating. This kid has raw talent.. Great choice for Falcons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess thats why the are conducting the interviews, because they know what he can bring to the table. Just my thoughts


April 12th, 2011
7:58 pm

I like gilchrist. i seen dent but he is not the best linebacker out of georgia. Daryle Gamble is going to be a late draft steal. he can man the middle and play special teams. he plays similiar to brandon spikes from new england. Justin Houston can really play that end spot and he is quick and can over power players. I like houston as a first round pick if J.J. Watt, Cameron Jordan, D.Bowers are taken before falcons pick.


April 12th, 2011
8:09 pm

NFL scouts know Houston cannot defend the pass. He will strictly be a 3-4 rush linebacker and 4-3 down end, but that is what ends are made to do. get to the qb and cause confusion. Houston will fit falcons d because he will add toughness and speed. I believe Houston may be similiar to indy’s DWIGHT FREENEY. Coach Ritch says he is a top 15 pick. he might be right. He said the same things about moreno and stafford.


April 12th, 2011
8:24 pm

I dont know to much about jernigan but falcons front office should not press to get a reciever in the first and second rounds because after green and julio, all the other recievers are about the same. there is depth in the recieving in the draft. falcons can stock pile in middle rounds. just look at the colts and new england recievers. Matt ryan just needs more receivers to throw to. i like leonard hankerson, jeremy kerley, darvin adams, jimmy young, jeff maehl, – plenty of other recievers.


April 14th, 2011
10:21 pm

Gilchrist is fast…put him in free safety…or compete with No. 28…