Davis heads up official list of undrafted rookies

East Carolina's Dominique Davis started his career at Boston College backing up Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. (Associated Press/Gail Burton)

East Carolina's Dominique Davis started his career at Boston College backing up Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. (Associated Press/Gail Burton)

Quarterback Dominique Davis, who started his collegiate career playing behind Matt Ryan at Boston College, heads up a list of undrafted rookie free agents signed by the Falcons.

Speedy Cal WR Michael Calvin added.

Here is the official list of the signings:

TE Lamark Brown (Minnesota-Mankato), LB Rico Council (Tennessee State), QB Dominique Davis (East Carolina), S Chad Faulcon (Montclair), RB Robbie Frey (Kutztown), LB Max Gruder (Pittsburgh), T Byrce Harris (Fresno State), LB Jerrell Harris (Alabama), LS Josh Harris (Auburn), C Tyler Horn (Miami), WR Marcus Jackson (Lamar), DT Ray Kibble (Kansas State), G Phillip Manley (Toledo), CB Marty Markett (South Carolina), TE Adam Nissley (Central Florida), DE Louis Nzegwu (Wisconsin), WR Cody Pearcy (Huntingdon), DT Micanor Regis (Miami), WR James Rodgers (Oregon State), LB Pat Schiller (Northern Illinois), CB Peyton Thompson (San Jose St.) and P Dawson Zimmerman (Clemson).

OFFENSE

Lamark Brown, TE, Minnesota-Mankato: He has great size at 6-3, 226. He transferred from Kansas State. He was the 50th rated wide receiver by Kiper.

Michael Calvin, WR, Cal: See link above.

Dominique Davis, QB, East Carolina: He started his career at Boston College as a redshirt freshman in 2007, Matt Ryan’s final season. He set 15 single-season records for East Carolina in 2010 and was named Conference USA’s newcomer of the year. He had 28 career rushing touchdowns. He was rated at the 27 best quarterback in the draft by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper. He could challenge John Parker Wilson for the No. 3 quarterback spot.

Robbie Frey, RB, Kutztown: He was the 42nd rated running back by Kiper.

Bryce Harris, OT, Fresno State: He was a four-time academic All-WAC pick. He was projected to go in the fifth or sixth round by Pro Football Weekly. Started at left tackle for three seasons after starting his career as a defensive lineman.

Tyler Horn, C, Miami: Started at center for the Hurricanes. He was a second-team all-ACC selection.

Marcus Jackson, WR, Lamar:   Jackson, 6-1, 195 pounds, finished with 65 catches for 1,159 yards during his two seasons at Lamar. He also hauled in 17 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns at Navarro College, helping the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record and a No. 3 ranking in the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association.

Phillip Manley, G, Toledo: Played mostly left guard for the Rockets.

Adam Nissley, TE, Central Florida: He’s blocking tight end prospect at 6-5, 263. He played at South Forsyth High in Cumming.

Cody Pearcy, WR, Huntingdon (Ala): Kiper had him as the 38 rated wide receiver in the draft. He is super fast and runs in the 40-yard dash in the 4-3-3.5 range. He is smallish at 5-foot-10, 163 pounds.

James Rodgers, WR, Oregon State: The older brother of Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Could have a shot to make the team as a returner.

DEFENSE

Rico Council, LB , Tennessee State:  He was named the Ohio Valley Conference preseason co-defensive player of the year. In 2011, he had a team-high 87 tackles (49 solo) with 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception, 11 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Chad Faulcoun, S, Montclair State: He was Division III East Region defensive player of the year, the New Jersey Athletic Conference defensive player of the year and was named to the d3football.com All-American Team.

Max Gruder, LB, Pittsburgh: Started 11 of 13 games at middle linebacker in 2010 for the Panthers. He has played some outside linebacker, too.

Jerrell Harris, LB, Alabama: He played some strongside and weakside linebacker for the Crimson Tide.

Ray Kibble, DT, Kansas State:  He had 38 tackles (14 solo) with 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble during his senior season at Kansas State. In 2010, he appeared in all 13 games with nine starts and made 30 tackles (11 solo) with one half sack.

Marty Markett, CB, South Carolina: A former walk-on and sprinter on the track team.

Louis Nzegwu, DE, Wisconsin: Started in 27 of 48 games over his career with the Badgers. He had 17.5 tackles for losses and 11 sacks over his career.

Micanor Regis, DT, Miami: Was suspended last season after punching a North Carolina player in the groin. (He’s mean and nasty!)

Pat Schiller, LB, Northern Illinois: He amassed 239 tackles in his four-year career. He had 19 tackles for loss, three sacks and eight passes defensed.

Peyton Thompson, CB , San Jose State:  In four seasons, he had 186 tackles (125 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions, one sack, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 22 passes defensed.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Josh Harris, LS, Auburn: The Carrollton High product was considered the best long snapper in the draft. He consistently gets his snaps back in .70 seconds or less.

Dawson Zimmerman, P, Clemson: The former Brookwood High product from Lawrenceville averaged 40.8 yards on 127 career punts. He placed 40 punts inside the 20.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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MaxxFalcon

April 30th, 2012
7:36 pm

Chad Faulcon has to make the team by default, right?

oPEN YOUR EYES

April 30th, 2012
7:40 pm

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OPEN YOUR EYES

April 30th, 2012
7:41 pm

I HEARD JERELL HARIS FROM ALABAMA WAS A STOUT DEFENDER AGAINST THE RUN!!!!

STRETCH

April 30th, 2012
7:51 pm

Louis Nzegwu might be a sleeper at DE!

MaxxFaulcon

April 30th, 2012
7:52 pm

Brown, 6-3, 220 pounds, caught 31 passes for 405 yards with five touchdowns during his senior season at Minnesota-Mankato. He also added 31 carries for 98 yards with four touchdowns. Prior to arriving at Minnesota-Mankato, he was a three-year player at Kansas State.

Council, 6-1, 255 pounds, was tabbed Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Tennessee State. In 2011, he posted a team-high 87 tackles (49 solo) with 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception, 11 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. The Chattanooga, TN native was named to the All-OVC second team as a junior, received TSU Heart of a Tiger Courage Award and earned first team All-HBCU honors as a sophomore.

Davis, 6-3, 210 pounds, completed 67.6 percent of his passes (334-of-494) for 3,225 yards with 25 touchdowns as a senior at East Carolina. In 2011, he was a fourth team preseason all-conference selection by Phil Steele and named to the watch lists for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards. Davis turned in a record-breaking campaign during first season with the Pirates, completing 393 of 609 pass attempts for 3,967 yards with 37 touchdowns in 2010. He began his college career at Boston College where he redshirted during Falcons QB Matt Ryan’s senior season with the Eagles.

Faulcon, 6-0, 190 pounds, earned NJAC and D3Football.com East Region Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as Division III All-America honors as a senior at Montclair State. A two-year starter for the Red Hawks, Faulcon appeared in 40 career contests totaling 169 tackles (106 solo) with 13 tackles for loss. He picked off seven passes in his career and tallied 17 passes defensed as well as four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

Frey, 6-0, 203 pounds, played in 12 games in his senior year and posted a team-high 1,185 rushing yards on 189 carries in 2011. His 11 touchdowns were the most by a Kutztown back since 2002. He played three seasons at the University of Connecticut prior to transferring to Kutztown for his senior season.

Gruder, 6-2, 230 pounds, notched a team-high 116 tackles (58 solo) with 8.5 tackles for loss, three passes defensed and one half sack in his senior season at Pittsburgh. A versatile linebacker, he played a starting role at both weak side and middle linebacker in 2010 and was the team’s starting weak side backer in 2009. Gruder also earned Big East All-Academic honors twice during his career.

Bryce Harris, 6-6, 300 pounds, was selected to the All-WAC first team by the league coaches and named to Phil Steele’s All-WAC first team after starting in all 13 games at left tackle at Fresno State. He played for Falcons offensive line coach Pat Hill, who served as the Bulldogs head coach prior to arriving in Atlanta. Harris helped guide RB Robbie Rouse to a WAC-best 1,549 rushing yards, which was the third highest rushing total in single season in school history. He also blocked for QB Derek Carr, who became just the fifth Bulldog to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season.

Jerrell Harris, 6-3, 242 pounds, started at strong side linebacker for the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide and recorded 22 tackles (12 solo) with 2.5 tackles for loss. In 2010, he started at both strong and weak side linebacker and finished with 24 tackles. Harris also played in six games for the Crimson Tide on special teams and as a backup linebacker during their BCS National Championship season in 2009.

Josh Harris, 6-1, 224 pounds, served as Auburn’s long snapper on field goals, punts and PATs for the last three seasons, including 2010 when the Tigers won the BCS National Championship. The Carrollton, GA native was a SEC Academic Honor Roll selection in 2008 and 2009.

Horn, 6-4, 305 pounds, started his final 25 games at center for Miami and was named a second team All-ACC selection, and team captain. He blocked for RB Lamar Miller, who rushed for 1,335 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Horn anchored an offensive line that allowed the Hurricanes to average 145.7 rushing yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry in 2011.

Jackson, 6-1, 195 pounds, finished with 65 catches for 1,159 yards during his two seasons at Lamar. He posted 24 receptions for 432 yards and six touchdowns while leading the team with 18.0 yards per catch as a senior. Jackson’s eight touchdown catches in 2010 were the second most in a single season in school history. He also hauled in 17 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns at Navarro College, helping the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record and a No. 3 ranking in the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association.

Kibble, 6-4, 305 pounds, notched 38 tackles (14 solo) with 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble during his senior season at Kansas State. In 2010, he appeared in all 13 games with nine starts and made 30 tackles (11 solo) with one half sack. He earned second team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors as a defensive lineman in 2009 at Navarro College.

Manley, 6-5, 309 pounds, was a two-year starter at guard for Toledo. In 2011, he helped pave the way for the Rockets offense to rush for 2,777 yards, including RB Adonis Thomas, who logged a team-high 1,071 yards.

Markett, 5-10, 162 pounds, played both cornerback and special teams after walking on to the Gamecocks as a sophomore in 2009. He made 26 stops (21 solo) in 2011 after recording 12 tackles and one pass defensed in 2010. Markett earned All-America honors as part of South Carolina’s 4×100 meter relay team in 2008.

Nissley, 6-6, 267 pounds, played in 51 games with 38 receptions for 465 yards with two touchdowns at Central Florida. He was a two time All-Conference USA honorable mention selection and his 21 receptions in 2011 were the fourth most in a single season in school history. A Cumming, GA native, Nissley played at South Forsyth High School where he was named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-Northside First Team and AJC Northside Super 11.

Nzegwu, 6-4, 255 pounds, was a four-year letter winner for the Badgers appearing in 48 games with 27 starts and logging 100 tackles (53 solo) with 17.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He started all 14 games and led the Badgers with 4.5 sacks helping Wisconsin reach the Rose Bowl in 2011. Nzegwu also recorded at least three sacks in each of his final three seasons.

Pearcy, 5-11, 160 pounds, is Huntingdon’s all-time leader with 147 receptions, 2,632 receiving yards, 25 touchdown catches and a 17.9 yard per reception average. He caught a team-high 46 passes for 766 yards with eight touchdowns during his senior season. In 2010, Pearcy was a first team D-III Senior Classic Preseason All-American and rewrote the Hawks record books logging 51 catches for 1,078 yards with 12 touchdowns.

Regis, 6-3, 305 pounds, played in 46 career games with 112 tackles (52 solo), 5.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and three interceptions at Miami. He was a reliable and consistent defender for the Hurricanes as he finished the 2011 season with 41 tackles (19 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks. In 2010 he notched 42 tackles (19 solo), eight tackles for loss and three sacks.

Rodgers, 5-7, 188 pounds, finished his career as one of the greatest receivers and all-purpose players in Oregon State history. He established a school record with 222 career receptions, including an OSU record 91 catches in 2009. He also set the Oregon State career record with 6,377 all-purpose yards and is the first player in OSU history with 1,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards receiving. He joins his brother RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

Schiller, 6-2, 235 pounds, earned second team All Mid-American Conference honors from Phil Steele and was named NIU’s Linebacker of the Year by the coaching staff after leading the team with 115 tackles (42 solo), two sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 2011. In four seasons, Schiller collared 239 tackles (91 solo), three sacks, 19 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, seven passes defensed and one interception.

Thompson, 5-11, 180 pounds, logged 186 tackles (125 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions, one sack, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 22 passes defensed in four seasons at San Jose State. He played in 47 games, including 33 starts, seeing time at cornerback and on special teams. Thompson was credited with downing four punts inside opponent’s five-yard line during his final three seasons.

Zimmerman, 6-2, 205 pounds, was named an Academic All-ACC selection and team specialist of the year in 2010, posting a 42.7-yard average on 60 punts along with 19 punts inside the 20, nine punts of 50+ yards, and a 40.6-yard net average.

Falcons Undrafted Rookies on Twitter
@D_DavisECU – Rookie quarterback Dominique Davis
@J_Rodgers1 – Rookie wide receiver James Rodgers
@LBrown_7 – Rookie wide receiver LaMark Brown
@ANISSLEY88 – Rookie tight end Adam Nissley
@Tyler63Horn – Rookie center Tyler Horn
@cody_pearcy – Rookie wide receiver Cody Pearcy
@PatSchiller53 – Rookie linebacker Pat Schiller
@guccigruder55 – Rookie linebacker Max Gruder
@Bama_Boy256 – Rookie linebacker Jerrell Harris
@MicanorLRegis – Rookie defensive tackle Micanor Regis
@thedawsonzim – Rookie punter Dawson Zimmerman
@aujharris – Rookie long snapper Josh Harris
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STRETCH

April 30th, 2012
7:56 pm

Check it out:

Last name is pronounced “niz-EGG-woo.” Was an all-state running back and lettered all four years in track as a Wisconsin prep. Redshirted in 2007. Saw action in 11 games as a reserve defensive lineman and special teams player in ’08, recording six tackles. In 10 games in ’09, registered 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and 3 1/2 sacks with one batted pass. Suffered a right shoulder (minor tear of labrum) injury during camp and missed the first three games. Started all 27 games at DE over his last two seasons — 46-7 1/2-3 with three batted passes and one forced fumble in 13 games ’10 and 38-7-4 1/2 with two pass breakups and one forced fumble in 14 contest in ’11. Led the Badgers in sacks in ’11 and also returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown against Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

Summary:
High school running back and college defensive end who projects best to a stand-up pass rushing position in the pros, given his length, speed and athletic ability — recorded a 41½-inch vertical, 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump and a 6.84-second 3-cone drill. Closes deceptively well on the ball. Limited instincts — can be slow to trigger and does not always feel pressure. Plays narrow-based against the run and needs to improve his hand use. Could stand to get stronger and learn to play with power. The UW staff hoped for a O’Brien Schofield-like breakout senior season, and while it didn’t materialize, Nzegwu has physical tools to coach up.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 30th, 2012
8:08 pm

hoping to find a gems in this bunch!!

Open Minded

April 30th, 2012
8:11 pm

One important (for Falcon Organization at least) stat missing on each of them…how many were team captains ???

falconfan

April 30th, 2012
8:13 pm

I think Pearcy has a good chance at making it as return specialist.

Falcon Jim (the real one)

April 30th, 2012
8:16 pm

Wouldn’t mind it if Davis takes over the back-up QB position…would be nice to see him on the Falcons sidelines all year long….not comfortable with Redman at this point.

Keeping it Real

April 30th, 2012
8:19 pm

Need these guys to take up space in the exhibition games.

Will

April 30th, 2012
8:26 pm

Thanks for the list DLed!

Lamark Brown could definitely be the TE project everyone asked for during the draft. Dude’s an athletic freak. If he can carry another 15-20lbs without losing much speed he may just make the team. Cody Pearcy = Beast!

Also DLed, do you know where Casey Therriault ended up? He was among the unofficial names of UDFAs over the weekend. Thanks!

Sedgrid

April 30th, 2012
8:26 pm

Dled, What happen to White Tiger Casey Therriault

nyfalcon

April 30th, 2012
8:32 pm

check out quizzs little bro james on youtube. Could definatly be our next return man and 4th reciever.broke receiving records for oregon st.

GT #1

April 30th, 2012
8:33 pm

Went to high school with P Dawson Zimmerman. Good guy who I would like to see make the team! Best of luck to him!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
8:51 pm

GT #1 – Brookwood Broncos!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
8:53 pm

Sedgrid — There’s at least one bad internet rumor each year. My guess is he went looking elsewhere after they signed Davis. They still may sign the Cal WR later.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
8:54 pm

Will – I will find out. I shot his agent John Rickert an email. He hasn’t answered yet.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
8:56 pm

Keeping it Real – Grimes made it from this list in 2006. Darrin Walls made it last year. Rafael Bush made it through. He ended last season as a starter in Denver.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
8:58 pm

falconfan — Pearcy is represented by ATL’s Kevin Conner. He shot us a text: “He’s an inside slot WR and RS (PT and KR)…” He runs sub 4.4. He’s faster than Lightning Led!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
9:02 pm

Open Minded – I have that. Hold on. . . .It looks like Tyler Horn, the Miami center was the only team captain in the bunch. I’ll do some more digging.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
9:03 pm

Falcon Jim (the real one) — Do you know Stafon from SNL? I’m just asking.

Sly Boarders

April 30th, 2012
9:05 pm

Man, what is the love affair with Wisconsin?

Bob

April 30th, 2012
9:12 pm

Who gives a rats $&$ what Kiper thinks?

Eddie

April 30th, 2012
9:12 pm

Here is to hoping Dominique Davis makes the squad.

Dan

April 30th, 2012
9:15 pm

kingdaddy

April 30th, 2012
9:16 pm

D.Led.
There’s two sides to every story. Wonder what other dude did for Regis to pop his boys. Sometimes the guy retaliating, is the one who gets the flag. Makes me miss Harvey D. that much more. We need mean and nasty at D.T…

chalkdawg4

April 30th, 2012
9:19 pm

Looks like a good list. Welcome to the ATL gentlemen and best of luck.

kingdaddy

April 30th, 2012
9:23 pm

Josh Harris deserves a close look. So does Tyler Horn and Bryce Harris…

FB

April 30th, 2012
9:31 pm

I really wished that the Falcons had tried to bring Kellen Moore from Boise State. Any idea if they even looked at him…

And why did we not draft one of the top TE’s?

THE FAN

April 30th, 2012
9:34 pm

The kid Lamark Brown should make this team easy, this kid is a beast. I truly hope he can add some pounds without losing anything.

loyal falcon

April 30th, 2012
9:39 pm

Micanor looks like a beast! I think he and Travain Robertson could be steals.

kingdaddy

April 30th, 2012
9:40 pm

The Fan
Lamark could create some matchup problems as a WR instead of a TE. I think our TEs are set for this year. If he makes the team it might be as a possesion receiver…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
9:46 pm

Let’s do some youtube scouting. I’m going to find some video’s so we can check out some of these players before the rookie mincamp.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
9:49 pm

Here’s some Lamark Brown. He was coached by Pat Hill in one of those All-Star games. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTpP8GsbRwA

loyal falcon

April 30th, 2012
9:56 pm

Lamark looks like a good one.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

Here’s some Robbie Frey (when he was with UConn) taking back a kickoff return in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCbHCwzaKro

THE FAN

April 30th, 2012
10:05 pm

Kingdaddy,

You could be right, but he has also been projected at TE. Do you thing he could cause match up problems if he put on a little weight to become that other pass catching TE?

Tim Tebow

April 30th, 2012
10:07 pm

Matthew 5:44 (KJV) “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

Luke 6:28 (KJV) “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”

Hobbler

April 30th, 2012
10:09 pm

Other than Konz, a draft and URFAs of expendables. Should have brought in URFA Kellen Moore to be Ryan’s backup QB who is accurate and can move the chains unlike our 3 and out current QB backups. Also, passing on Brandon Boykin as our backup nickel back and return specialist will hurt for years to come (but not nearly as bad as the Peria Jerry over Clay Mathews debacle).

The Falcon owner could save $100s of millions costs of all those scouts salaries, trips, wine and dine meals, etc just by watching the college games and draft the best available athletes from ESPN or NFL board and do a lot better in the draft and put that wasted $millions on building their own stadium.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
10:20 pm

Here is some Marcus “Action” Jackson. It’s titled: The life & times of Marcus Jackson @ Lamar University. (Got to love the Bobby Blue Bland soundtrack): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bhyPvUmIdM

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
10:24 pm

falconfan — Here’s some Cody Pearcy video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OJrP8KAJ5w

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
10:26 pm

FB — It was not considered a good tight end class. Fleener, Charles and Allen were the only decent ones. The others were considered projects.

Foothills

April 30th, 2012
10:28 pm

Missed one with another local connection Orlando. TE Adam Nissley went to South Forsyth

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
10:31 pm

Here’s is some James Rodgers. He has some nice kickoff returns. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pF5bo9E9LY

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
10:35 pm

Foothills — We’ll get that in there.

kingdaddy

April 30th, 2012
10:35 pm

D.O.Led
Thanks for all the hard work tonight…

kingdaddy

April 30th, 2012
10:41 pm

The Fan
His best chance to make the team is Special Teams/Possesion Receiver. Next years draft, when we have a #1 may get us another TE with hands or a F/A…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
10:50 pm

kingdaddy — You are welcome.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
10:52 pm

Foothills — Tried to catch it for print. Article in morning is just going to have the two locals. I updated the blog and the online stories. I should call the Nissley’s and apologize in advance.