HT: 6-0 5/8
Arm length: 32 inches
40-yard dash: 5.04
Hometown: Hoover, Ala.
Key stats: He was selected as an honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly. He was second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and league coaches.
Here’s the next installment of the DRAFT SPOTLIGHT feature, which we’ll run periodically up to the NFL draft April 26-28 in New York.
According to the ProFootballTalk.com visit tracker (link below), the Falcons have kick the tires on Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman.
He’s massive with a third to fourth round grade by Pro Football Weekly.
“He played at a high level on a national championship team,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. “So I think, I’d said all along for him, third to fifth round. Or fourth round. When you get to that particular point, there is not going to be a lot of guys who will be able to say, I can plug him in and he’s got experience at the college level in that (4-3) scheme.
“Chapman does have the ability to be a guy that you can figure into the mix pretty early in his career. I would said third or fourth round.”
Here’s a Q&A with Chapman:
Q: How did the championship game feel?
A: As a defensive player, it felt great. We had in our mindset just going out to prove we were the best team with the best defense. By doing that, we knew if we’d go out there and play to our standards, that those guys wouldn’t be able to move the football on us.
Q: You played on a torn ACL?
A: Yes sir.
A: Just had to keep rolling. . . It was difficult at the time. I knew when I found out my ACL was torn (verses) Florida. . . it had my mind down. But at the same time, there was a little stability in there, and they said I could fix it or keep on going.
Q: What feedback have you received from teams?
A: Just rehab hard, and they’ll get back to me.
Q: Do you fit best in a 3-4 or a 4-3?
A: Well, playing in a 3-4 defense, playing nose guard you’re right in the middle. But also, in our defense we just don’t play a 3-4. It looks like a 3-4, but I shift to a D-tackle sometime, so it’s nothing new. It’s just part of it. Coach Saban throws a lot of defenses at us, and it’s about you going out there doing your job and playing from three-technique, five-technique, two-eye or shade. I feel like I can play all across the board.
Q: Did you get enough credit for freeing up the linebackers?
A: I get my credit from my linebackers. I’m not the type that likes credit. Being down there, you get three guys on you, somebody is coming free. That’s one thing I know.
Here are some of the other DRAFT SPOTLIGHTS:
Players that the Atlanta Falcons reportedly held a workout with, visited the team facility or both.
Alabama defensive tackle Josh Chapman.
Vanderbilt defensive end Tim Fugger.
Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green.
Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward. Click here for STORY.
South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram.
Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson. Click here for STORY.
Cincinnati tight end Adrien Robinson.
California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
Virginia Tech running back David Wilson.
Illinois safety Tavon Wilson.
The Falcons traded away their first and fourth round picks of the 2012 draft as part of the Julio Jones trade with the Cleveland Browns.
2nd Round (No. 55 overall)
3rd Round (No. 84 overall)
5th Round (No. 157 overall)
6th Round (No. 192 overall)
7th Round (No. 229 overall)
7th Round (Compensatory Selection, No. 249 overall)
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog