Speedy Cal receiver Michael Calvin added

California's Michael Calvin, right, runs with the ball as Utah's Eric Rowe reaches for him and the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

California's Michael Calvin, right, runs with the ball as Utah's Eric Rowe reaches for him and the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

California wide receiver Michael Calvin, an undrafted rookie free agent, signed with the Falcons today.

The Falcons have now signed 23 free agents from the draft-eligible class.

Calvin, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, fits the Falcons desire to take players with “speed and urgency.”

He ran a 4.32 in the 40-yard dash at Cal’s 2012 Pro Day, which would have been the fastest time at the NFL scouting combine. He had a broad jump of 11 feet, 1 inch and a vertical of 40.5 inches, which would have tied for the best and tied for the fourth-best marks at the combine, respectively.

(I’m thinking there’s a pretty hot 4 X 100 relay team in the wide receiver meeting room. Here it is: Calvin (4.32), Cody Pearcy (4.3 to .35), Julio Jones (4.39) and Harry Douglas (4.42). The Olympics are this summer, you know. Rule number one for the relay team: CLEAN EXCHANGES AND DON’T DROP THE BATON!!!)

Calvin played in 37 games for the Golden Bears and made 10 starts. He had 42 catches for 528 yards and one touchdown over his career.

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NORRIS CHUCK

May 1st, 2012
10:22 am

NORRIS CHUCK

May 1st, 2012
10:23 am

Oh…FIRST!!!

JSin

May 1st, 2012
10:23 am

I am more excited about the crop of undrafted free agents than the guys we drafted..

NORRIS CHUCK

May 1st, 2012
10:25 am

They might not be grabbing all the big names, but they are strategically putting the peices where they need to be!

Also, anyone heard anymore news on Aubrayo Franklin from SF???

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2012
10:26 am

There are some interesting guys in the group. Tyler Horn, the Miami center, was the “midget” on a monstrous OL. He’s only 6-4, just over 300.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 1st, 2012
10:29 am

NORRIS CHUCK — Nothing to report on Mr. Franklin. I’ll send Todd France a text.

GT GRAD

May 1st, 2012
10:31 am

We all need some details………why in the world would a player with his size and athletic ability go undrafted?????????

He sounds like a 1st round draft pick based on the stats listed above (except for his game stats).

NORRIS CHUCK

May 1st, 2012
10:32 am

Thank you sir, I really appreciate what you do and i know you love your job. Great to have you keeping us informed!

jay

May 1st, 2012
10:34 am

suck it Rainy fans. This guy is just as fast and isn’t a head case.

Logan Walker

May 1st, 2012
10:35 am

I think of all the undrafted rookies we have signed I am most excited about James Rodgers. I’m hoping the Rodgers brothers will do good things for us this season. Hoping he can replace and maybe upgrade from the departure of Eric Weems.

jay

May 1st, 2012
10:36 am

Any reason why this guy didn’t get drafted? Does he have bricks for hands or something?

bob

May 1st, 2012
10:41 am

I like the moves…hopefully we will find a gem. D-Led what are you thoughts with the Falcons not taking a TE in the draft. Did they have one they really liked?

THE INFAMOUS DK

May 1st, 2012
10:42 am

Im excited about James Rodgers as well.. Those Rodgers Bros are monsters.. We have our Welker and Jones Drew now..

GT GRAD

May 1st, 2012
10:42 am

Based on the picture I just saw on a quick internet search (he is catching a ball with his eyes closed and his head is not turned towards the location of the ball & he is using his arms and body to catch); he might lack the basic fundamentals required to be a consistent receiver (I really do not know for sure because I have never even heard his name).

The bio indicated he would not be drafted because he was an consistent underacheiver in college; it is amazing what $$$$$ and the prospect of being an NFL player can do to motivate……….with his speed and size………..good coaching could very well turn this cat into a SUPERB wide receiver!!!!!

I have a good feeling about Mr. Calvin’s future with the Atlanta Falcons!!!

suwaneefalcon

May 1st, 2012
10:49 am

With his speed I see returner all over him from day one. Then use practice and tutoring from the other wr’s to get him to the next level at his position.

PMC

May 1st, 2012
10:52 am

Ha, don’t drop the baton should be the team motto this year.

Jack in Macon

May 1st, 2012
10:52 am

Come on “D”. Why was this guy not drafted? What are the negatives?

Dawg Haus

May 1st, 2012
10:54 am

Not too bad. Welcome to ATL, Michael!

Mike

May 1st, 2012
11:00 am

@ Jack in Macon “why was this guy not drafted?”

Answer: He had 42 catches for 528 yards and one touchdown over his career and he didn’t play WR at Ga Tech.

Maybe he has potential as a return man for us

jay

May 1st, 2012
11:01 am

Well looking at dudes stats from last year apparently he needs lots of work. Basically catches a pass or so per game. So there’s no real production there.

123reason

May 1st, 2012
11:06 am

The only Cal receiver I want here in Atlanta is Keenan Allen

Falconbikerdude

May 1st, 2012
11:11 am

How fast is Roddy White?

coloradofalconsfan

May 1st, 2012
11:12 am

Funny people are asking D why he wasn’t drafted. He wasn’t drafted because he only had 42 catches for 528 yards and one touchdown over his career. He may be a track guy but gotta learn to get off the line with a defender in your face, know how to run routes that get you open, and catch the ball. Sounds like he is what he is. A non-drafted FA signee that might put it all together but not worth using a pick on.

The Real Falcon

May 1st, 2012
11:16 am

Not drafted for a reason. Fast feet and only 10 starts. That says a lot. Good special team players though, I bet.

Bullseye

May 1st, 2012
11:20 am

Some of you guys have amazing abilities. To be able to look at stock photo of a player that you have never heard of and identify the weak points of the players game is unreal. Call Aurther and get on the staff pronto!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OPEN YOUR EYES

May 1st, 2012
11:26 am

THIS OFFENSE SHALL BE EXPLOSIVE!!!! MATT RYAN I HOPE YOU ARE IN THE WEIGHT ROOM AND GETTING THAT ARM STRONGER!!!!! WE NEED YOU TO THROW THE BALL ACCURATELY DOWN THE FIELD!!!

yourpoliticalanimal

May 1st, 2012
11:34 am

I love everything about his stats except his “one touchdown”…is this why no one drafted him??? Hope he’s a FA steal…

Paddy

May 1st, 2012
11:40 am

Why was he not drafted?????? No team liked him as a draft choice, very simple. Over the years there have many fast football players either watching from home or from the sidelines. Had this been ten years ago, teams would have taken a player like this high based on Combine workouts. But after countless mistakes based on measurables, teams have gone back to drafting good football players.

Chub Rock

May 1st, 2012
11:59 am

The fact that Michael Calvin’s best year in college was his 20 catch 263 yard senior year probably had something to do with him not getting drafted. Nice camp body though with his speed.

GDawg

May 1st, 2012
12:11 pm

The reason he had so little catches was because he was the third WR.

nyfalcon

May 1st, 2012
12:11 pm

looks like we might have one hell of a competition for the return duties

Bubba J.

May 1st, 2012
12:15 pm

I’m surprised the Falcons didn’t sign Drew Butler. Bosher did good for us last year but Butler could be the starter today, and for the next 12 years.

ATLER(RAMBLIN WRECK)

May 1st, 2012
12:19 pm

It doesn’t matter how fast he is. Matty Bubble gum arm can’t get him the ball.

SCFalcon

May 1st, 2012
12:39 pm

Replace Douglas with Marty Markett (4.39) on that 4×100

SimpleDawg

May 1st, 2012
12:42 pm

Why haven’t the Falcons signed Drew Butler?

They sign a Clempson kicker?

Butler Career: 168 punts, 45.2 avg, 60 downed inside the 20 yd line
Zimmerman Career: 127 punts, 40.8 avg, 40 / 20 yd line.

Huh?

ronhen24

May 1st, 2012
12:43 pm

Pretty good receiver and very nice pickup. I was just reading Jonathan Daniels “Why the Atlanta Falcons Hurt Themselves In the 2012 NFL Draft”. I got sick to my stomach reading it, because I think that they did an excellent job getting some refer to as (BIG UGLIES). TD and Mike Smith did what they had to do with those limited picks(6). One was received through a swap picks. He addressed that the Falcons need one of these hybrid TE’s for a possible replacement for TG(88). They probably would have but all the good ones were off the board when they had a slight opportunity. The Colts took the top 2 TE’s and that moved all the rest up in the draft. I think his article is back firing on him, because he have a voting scale and everyone seems to rank it as an A or B. You cannot get hybrid or skill players in every draft. Thanks DOL for keeping it REAL. Great job on this kid, because he will be another headache for the Bucs, Panthers and the Saints.

ronhen24

May 1st, 2012
12:48 pm

Sorry Tyler Ward wrote this article I was referring too. Jonathan Daniels did the images.

CDOG

May 1st, 2012
1:04 pm

WOW! MICANOR REGIS AND NOW MICHAEL CALVIN.THAT THOMAS DIMITROFF IS A SUPER GM.FALCONS WILL BE SUPERBOWL BOUND

thouhtful

May 1st, 2012
1:25 pm

I THOUGHT THE GOAL WAS TO GO TO THE SUPER BOWL??????? TD has not drafted like we are going to the SUPER BOWL! All those impact tables we bypassed! Orson Charles, Brandon Thompson, etc. even undrafted rookies are not all that impressive. If the Birds don’t go far in thr PLAYOFFS this year it could be club death. Tony G. and McClure will retire, Turner, ABE and others are on their last go. It has to be this year!!!!! Maybe TD will pick up some people from the last cuts. For the life of me IK don’t understand why more emphasis wasn’t put on TE and DE. TD should try the DAWGS TE Aron White and GT C. Peters. It doesn’t look good! No one gives the Falcons a better grade then a C nationally.

Will

May 1st, 2012
1:35 pm

@ronhen24

I read that same article and thought it was a hatchett piece. I mean, be objective and give credit for the intent and attempt to fix the issues. It felt too agenda driven so I don’t give it much credence (sp?).

Thanks DLed for keeping us updated!

bobby

May 1st, 2012
1:39 pm

Enter your comments here

Tim Dwight

May 1st, 2012
1:42 pm

Undrafted FA’s that run in the 4.3s give you two things . A shot at finding a sleeper, and they also get to play the Randy Moss’s and even the Mike Vicks of the world on the practice squad… Use your heads. TD wasnt looking for our starting third reciever. He was getting the only uncoachable trait, SPEED !!!!!!!

Bullseye

May 1st, 2012
2:09 pm

The only way to please Atlanta fans is to add scrub Bulldogs to the undrafted rookie class.

Ackshun

May 1st, 2012
2:13 pm

D_LED – Looks like a viable replacement for Weems. Definitely an upgrade height and speed wise, can he match Weems elusiveness?

wxwax

May 1st, 2012
2:18 pm

37 catches in 42 games.

That’s why he wasn’t drafted.

Greg

May 1st, 2012
2:41 pm

I can’t see much to fault in Ward’s analysis in “Why the Atlanta Falcons Hurt Themselves In the 2012 NFL Draft.” With the exception of Spoon, our LBs were stiff and slow in pass coverage, and especially in the flat. Lofton seemed stout against the run, but he’s gone now. His replacement is a question mark. The LBs were just average on the relatively rare occasions when they blitzed, and against the better O-lines (e.g., the Saints, Texans, Bears, Giants, and especially the Packers) their blitzes were easily picked up. We all know about the D-line’s problems pressuring the QB against the better teams. I don’t really see how we made ourselves better this year on defense except that Samuel, who will no doubt replace Dunte at right corner, is an upgrade. I don’t see TD building a dominating defense here at all. And the O-line and TE position are real question marks. TG is smart, and reliable catching the short pass, but since he’s not quick, nor a down-field threat, by the standards of today’s better TEs he’s just an average TE. The main point is: most teams have gotten better (most notably Tampa Bay and Carolina in our own division), so relatively speaking, I see us sliding a bit.

D Money

May 1st, 2012
2:44 pm

Hey D-Led— Weren’t there reports of the other UDFA, Lamark Brown, running a 4.31?

Sid

May 1st, 2012
3:09 pm

With a name like Calvin maybe we should call him “Galvatron”.

Loves Jack in the Box…………….cause it’s always open………….heard that before!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOO-SmAJs0E

Spurrier

May 1st, 2012
3:29 pm

I believe Marty Markett has timed faster than the guys on your relay team, DLed, Didn’t Falcs just sign him?

Ackshun

May 1st, 2012
3:35 pm

As for the TE. Get him from the NBA draft,