Falcons sign third round pick Akeem Dent

Athens, GA:  UGA linebacker Akeem Dent runs a drill for NFL scouts uring UGA's Pro Day March 22, 2011.  Brant Sanderlin  bsanderlin@ajc.com

Athens, GA: UGA linebacker Akeem Dent runs a drill for NFL scouts uring UGA's Pro Day March 22, 2011. Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com

 UPDATE, 5:18 P.M.

Falcons third round pick Akeem Dent from the University of Georgia and Douglass High agreed to terms on a four-year, according to his Atlanta-base agent Hadley Engelhard.

Here’s some info from draft day on Dent, who attended some of the offseason workouts at Buford High.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Dent will be expected to contribute on special teams and backup at all of the linebacker spots.

Dent played outside and inside linebacker at Georgia.

“He’s a tough, hard-nosed guy who fits our scheme as a (middle) linebacker, but he also has the versatility to play all three positions,” Dimitroff said. “He will be a core special teams player for us, which is very important.”

The Falcons were also impressed by Dent being one of Georgia’s captains and by him attaining his degree in Housing.

“He fits in line as far as what we believe in having the right locker room,” Dimitroff said. “He played in the SEC and that speaks for itself. He knows football. He’s passionate about football.”

Miami kicker Matt Bosher (25) kicks a field goal as quarterback Spencer Whipple holds during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida A&M, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Miami kicker Matt Bosher (25) kicks a field goal as quarterback Spencer Whipple holds during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida A&M, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Earlier, the Falcons signed three of their six 2011 draft picks and a kicker on Thursday.

Kicker Matt Bosher, offensive lineman Andrew Jackson and defensive end Cliff Matthews were all signed to four-year contracts. The club also signed kicker Jacob Harfman to a three-year contract.

North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson, left, is chased down by South Carolina's Cliff Matthews during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009. South Carolina won 7-3. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson, left, is chased down by South Carolina's Cliff Matthews during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009. South Carolina won 7-3. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Bosher (6-foot, 208 pounds) was a sixth round pick (192 overall) from Miami.  He handled both punting and placekicking duties while playing at Miami.

Jackson (6-5, 299) was taken in the seventh round (210 overall) from Fresno State. He was a highly coveted tackle after his junior season, but he dropped in the draft after an injury-plague senior season.

Matthews (6-4, 268) was picked in the seventh round (230th overall) from South Carolina.  He recorded 144 total tackles, including 16.0 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss over four seasons for the Gamecocks.

Harfman (5-10, 195)  played for Southern California over the last two college seasons. He punted 92 times for 3,719 yards and a 40.4 yard average while with the Trojans.

With the Falcons stocking up on punters, it looks they are preparing for Michael Koenen, who is a free agent, to sign with another team.

Andrew Jackson was considered a top flight prospect before suffering an ankle injury.

Andrew Jackson was considered a top flight prospect before suffering an ankle injury.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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98 comments Add your comment

Falkor

July 28th, 2011
3:36 pm

Can either kicker play DE

PMC

July 28th, 2011
3:36 pm

Matt Bosher better be the greatest punter in the freaking history of mankind.

Jason

July 28th, 2011
3:36 pm

Jason

July 28th, 2011
3:37 pm

Of course not.

Fan

July 28th, 2011
3:42 pm

Atlanta has a steal with Matthew at DE ..This guy was hell in SEC big plus for Falcons. BIG PLAY GUY AND JUST A BEAST OF A STEAL FOR THE FALCONS

JimmyFalcon

July 28th, 2011
3:43 pm

TROTTINGHOME

July 28th, 2011
3:56 pm

lol DOL…thanks for deleting my post on your artical about position players…oh yea, that bow tie ain’t doing it…

Yeahsure

July 28th, 2011
4:03 pm

News is better than no news. THanks for the update.

Goodbye Koenan.

Nique

July 28th, 2011
4:20 pm

D-Led

Any news on Edwards or if we’re interested in/talking to less popular DE’s like Mark Anderson, or an older guy like Shaun Ellis, anything? Also I heard with Mathias Kiwanuka resigning, Osi might be becoming avaiable, any truth to that?

Rikus

July 28th, 2011
4:34 pm

I’m getting impatient. Falcons were supposed to hit the ground running in free agency. So far, no DE signed and no OL re-signed. Meanwhile our options are dwindling. Tick, tock.

Loserville USA

July 28th, 2011
4:40 pm

Jackson’s a stud…..just watch…he’ll be starting by year 2.

Charlotte Falcons

July 28th, 2011
4:48 pm

I know we are all waiting for a new De and to get the OL resigned, but I have got to tell you i would love to see Zach Miller signed as an eventual replacement for Tony Gonzalez. The money is there.

Nique

July 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

Greg Olsen’s on the trading block as well from the bears, i say ship them Jenk & a pick to make that happens as a replacement for Gonza when he leaves!!! That would make perfect sense for both teams & wouldn’t kill either in terms of the cap.

honest_abe

July 28th, 2011
4:53 pm

charlotte and nique. yes both great ideas. matt ryan and all these new weapons with no line should produce amazing results.

FalconFan

July 28th, 2011
4:55 pm

Andrew Jackson will be a starter before too long.

Nique

July 28th, 2011
5:05 pm

i hear ya honest_abe, but all im saying is if the $’s already spent, which it is in jenk, i’d rather have it invested in a position of need, well at least in a position of need after this year, which TE will be, but i don’t envision wr being. Douglas would be the slot in that & Mier would be the # 4 option. We still have a ton of weapons, but i hear u completely, we need to re-up our O-line & get a DE, a believe a vet nick-back as well, but if the offers out there, well at least the need & we can fill it, getting back something that fills a need for us going forward, why not do it?

WTF?

July 28th, 2011
5:07 pm

YAY!…….seriously 2 days into this and we have signed training camp bodies a back up LB and an over-the-hill should be back up LB…………GOOD JOB TD!

Quint, from Alanta

July 28th, 2011
5:08 pm

Great idea Nique! Let’s get that done!

Rondo

July 28th, 2011
5:14 pm

Tiki Barber anyone

Just saying

July 28th, 2011
5:28 pm

Patience…patience…patience…people. Falcons will come out of free agency alright and will go far this year…who knows maybe even to win the Super Bowl. At this stage, every one is all even. Let the games begin! Go Falcons!

H9K

July 28th, 2011
5:28 pm

This is all noise while DEs are falling off the the baord. The ransom for Julio Jones is only justified if we sign a productive DE so as each moment passes, the less and less favorable the Jones pick looks.

old qb

July 28th, 2011
5:40 pm

Last season TE Michael Palmer had a decent rookie season. But can someone tell me if the Falcons still have the rights to Colin Peek? He was far ahead of Palmer during the preseason and hurt his leg or ankle. Will he be reporting to Falcons camp and how is is physical condition?

SeenThisB4

July 28th, 2011
5:43 pm

Not a lot of good news for falcan’t fans today, “status quo” would be a good description, or “standing pat”, “not progressing”, “stalemated”, “rotting”, “dead”, “finished”.’

Gregory Moundine

July 28th, 2011
6:03 pm

Like I said earlier, Falcons must forget about the term “bad baggage”. New England just signed Ocho Cinco. There is no such term when you are trying to make it and win a Super Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!
Not to mention they signed Albert as well. Again, “Bad Baggage” is not in the NFL dictionary when trying to win a Super Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Real DOL

July 28th, 2011
6:07 pm

I am live from Flowrey Branch and just got word that Atlanta has signed Devine from WV. Wait Devine has now signed with the the New York Giants. Wait again, Devine has now signed with the Parkview Panthers. I am now sitting with Aurthur Blank and he has told me Devine has now signed with Mike’s Mustangs of the Clayton County youth football league.

More details later.

Larry

July 28th, 2011
6:08 pm

Uh, Goobers, the Falcon’s can’t sign another team’s free agent ’till tomorrow!

Let’s count the Chickens AFTER they hatch, shall we?

SeenThisB4

July 28th, 2011
6:09 pm

LOL! That’s funny!

The Real DOL

July 28th, 2011
6:09 pm

Just got word from Coach Smith, Atlanta has traded Matt Ryan to Oakland for the rights to Jamarcus Russell and 3 future 6 round picks.

More details on this block buster trade coming soon.

Gregory Moundine

July 28th, 2011
6:10 pm

Funny Larry, really funny!

The Real DOL

July 28th, 2011
6:11 pm

Guys, just got word that Larry the blogger has signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

SeenThisB4

July 28th, 2011
6:11 pm

No, they can’t sign the contracts till tomorrow, but they can agree to the deals since Monday, publically.

Texas2steps

July 28th, 2011
6:14 pm

We already have a pretty good team now that should be better anyway. It’s not like Tom Brady or LT is out there to sign, we have a young team and they should be better this year, just sayin.

Columbus

July 28th, 2011
6:18 pm

Too bad UGA doesnt have Dent this year!

Colorado Bird

July 28th, 2011
6:19 pm

Just get the Atlanta free-agents signed that are productive. Get rid off the people who aren’t producing for whatever reason and go get Ray Edwards! Bring in an experience CB an RB along with Edwards.

Do something!!! I can’t believe the number of free agents that are being signed in the NFL and I don’t understand what Atlanta is doing. They lost the game to GB because of no pressure and the inability to get to the qb. They were close on many occassions but close only counts in horseshoes!

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Gregory Moundine

July 28th, 2011
6:19 pm

Texas2Steps..after Lock out, it’s proven we must have a Veteran led team and not a Rookie led or we will be destroyed in Playoffs or Super Bowl. This is why New England is making all the great moves and are so smart in the draft!

Ra'mon

July 28th, 2011
6:23 pm

Lol Olsen to the Panthers, lol.

Nique

July 28th, 2011
6:25 pm

sO MUCH FOR MY BRIGHT IDEA, well we’ll have to 2 see him twice a year now!

BoomBoomJoe

July 28th, 2011
6:25 pm

Someone please tell me why the Falcons aren’t signing the OL and the players that matter first. Who cares about these yahoo’s being signed sign or trade for the people who will make the team win.

flagger

July 28th, 2011
6:26 pm

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL…..CUDA, SHUDA,WUDA BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS….

BoomBoomJoe

July 28th, 2011
6:27 pm

Colorado Bird, you may friend make too much sense. Really, what are the Falcons doing?

Gregory Moundine

July 28th, 2011
6:27 pm

Everyone in NFC South making moves except Atlanta, Tampa and New Orleans. What’s up with Tampa with all the CAP Space. Was this part of CBA for NFC South not to make Free Agency Moves?

ATL_98

July 28th, 2011
6:27 pm

for those who werent concerned about the panthers, they just traded fro greg ohlesn, the TE from chicago. UUUHHH, we shouldnt sleep on carolina either. I really hope lawrence sidbury is ready to get some action!

Nique

July 28th, 2011
6:27 pm

Well the last encoraging thing is that NFL Network is saying there is a good chance Osi could get cut with Mathias resigning in NY & they say that if that does happen it appears that it would come down to us & the Ravens for his services.

The Real DOL

July 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

Fans just got off the phone with Steak Shapiro and he told me the Falcons are fine and the reason they got killed against the Packers was because 17 of the 22 starters were involved in the Eagle Raid and that their minds were not in the game.

Steak assured me that we will have a solid team this year and that Coach Smith will keep a close eyes on his players.

So no big pickups expected for the Dirty Birds.

Reporting live from Dan Tannas, I am the Real DOL

Gregory Moundine

July 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

…Ooops, it’s only Panthers making move in NFC South

steven A.

July 28th, 2011
6:29 pm

You bafoons forgot, we have Gartrell Johnson and Antoine Smith, Chris Redman, Harry Douglas,
and 59 year old Tony Gonzalez. We are set at the skill positions if there are season ending injuries
to the starters, Maybe we took the WRONG guy form New England.

BoomBoomJoe

July 28th, 2011
6:30 pm

I waited for the lockout to be over for this so-so and normal Atlanta sports franchise effort, seriously disappointed !!! Now Ocho to the Patriots, not that we needed him but the principal of the issue. Moves like that keep the Top Teams winning.

Gregory Moundine

July 28th, 2011
6:33 pm

Well said BoomBoomJoe

Demarco

July 28th, 2011
6:34 pm

I think that the Falcons should go after Ray Edwards as a second option since they decided to back off of Charles Johnson. They didn’t go after Peppers last year, and they can’t afford to let the good and experienced DE’s go to other teams. I think they should also look into getting Carlos Rodgers the cornerback from Washington or Jonathan Joseph from the Bengals. The Falcons must also keep their Oline together to have the same success that they have had recently.

BoomBoomJoe

July 28th, 2011
6:34 pm

Suuuuure Riiight ,Steven A., Chris Redman is a Beast, i’m suprised were not hearing teams wanting to trade for him since Chris Redman is such a stud of a man. @The Real DOL, I’m starting to think that our roster was at the Eagle Raid too and the Management in Bishop Eddie Long’s Office.