MEET THE ROOKIES: WR Kevin Cone

Wide receiver Kevin Cone back during his days at Georgia Tech.  Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

Wide receiver Kevin Cone back during his days at Georgia Tech. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH –  Falcons wide receiver Kevin Cone was the star of Georgia Tech’s Pro Day.  Here’s the video–>CLICK HERE!

He was late to football. He didn’t start playing until his junior year at St. Pius X. He started his college career at Shorter College before transferring to Georgia Tech.

He also played basketball and ran track in high school.

Cone is probably the only wide receiver with just five catches during his senior season, who’s in an NFL camp. He drew raves for his blocking in Tech’s vaunted triple-option attack.

“It’s really unbelievable,” Cone said. “To this day, it’s hard to believe that I’m out here. I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as possible. Every day I’m learning something new. It’s a lot of fun out there.”

He didn’t think he’d have a shot to play pro football.

“Not really,” Cone said. “When I first transferred to Tech I was going for school. Of course, it’s in everyone’s mind that you want to be in the NFL. I’m just thankful that I’m here now.”

Cone is adjusting from the triple-option to a pro offense.

“It’s completely different,” said Cone, who caught five passes for 89 yards and one touchdown for the Yellow Jackets last season. “When I was at Shorter, I was in an offense just like Georgia Tech, and we ran the triple option. To actually be a receiver and running routes is fun.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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14 comments Add your comment

Season Ticker Holder

August 24th, 2011
10:12 am

chewyandrw

August 24th, 2011
10:14 am

first…good luck Coney….your size and abilities are captivating….

Season Ticker Holder

August 24th, 2011
10:14 am

The Falcons have a good group of receivers. Hopefully, the Falcons can be more explosive on offense.

GT!

August 24th, 2011
10:15 am

Wishing you all the best Kevin! Would love to watch you play on Sundays!

the real Old Gold

August 24th, 2011
10:30 am

Great story. GATA Cone.

elvis the falcon fan

August 24th, 2011
12:24 pm

Big, Fast, Good Blocker, Wonder if Mularkey (very appropriate name by the way) knows how to use him?

John

August 24th, 2011
2:40 pm

Watched the interview of him on the Falcons site and I am highly impressed with this guy. Intelligent, a physical freak, and seemingly an all around good guy. The Falcons are seriously stacked with YOUNG receivers.

Dinty Musk

August 24th, 2011
6:50 pm

I was one of Kevin’s profs at Shorter College. He is one of the smartest students I ever had in general chemistry; he can learn anything he sets his mind to quickly. Man, I hope they give him a chance.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
6:52 pm

Dinty Musk — Thanks for sharing that insight with us.

Z-Ro

August 25th, 2011
12:29 am

(Jesse Jackson voice) Keep hope alive Cone because when rosters are set you’re gone…..St Pius Rocks rocks

THEX

August 25th, 2011
1:15 pm

GOOD LUCK, KEVIN!!!

mp

August 25th, 2011
2:45 pm

Kevin is blessed with fantastic parents – grounded by good character, highly intelligent and has the ability to stay focused. It has been fun to watch him compete and contribute over the years. Hoping that he will be a key part of the Falcons future. Good luck Kevin!

Frederick Mathis

August 28th, 2011
12:28 pm

Met Kevin and his parents on a cruise earlier this summer. Seems to be great young man with his head on tight. Good luck Kevin and enjoy the ride.

ugaNCin2012

August 29th, 2011
11:17 am

no mention that he is the son of a former NFL player. I have known Kevin and the Cone family for over a decade now and they are wonderful people.
Good luck Kevin show em what you can do