FLOWERY BRANCH – The roster, with a heavy local flavor, is set for the Falcons rookie minicamp that will run Friday through Saturday.
In addition to the six drafted rookies and the 23 undrafted rookies, six veterans and 10 players on tryouts will participate.
The veterans are wide receiver Kevin Cone and Drew Davis, tight end Tommy Gallarda, linebacker Matt Hansen, offensive lineman Andrew Jackson and safety Suaesi Tuimaunei.
Clark Atlanta cornerback Harcourt Farquharson, Georgia Tech wide receiver Tyler Melton and Georgia tight end Aron White head up the list of tryout invitees.
In 2010, two players who received tryouts were signed to the roster in quarterback Eric Ward and cornerback Daylan Walker. Ward was cut a month later, but Walker made it to training camp before being released.
Here’s the group:
Tyler Donahue, T, Bowling Green: Signed with St. Louis Rams last year. Started 25 games for Bowling Green and has experience at both tackle positions.
Harcourt Farquharson, CB, Clark Atlanta: Split time as a cornerback and punt returner. Averaged 14.5 yards per return during 2011 and made 41 tackles.
Erik Folk, K, Washington: Made 11-of-16 field goals in 2011 and was good on all 56 extra point attempts.
Mark Lampford, RB, Nevada: Rushed for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns in 159 carries in 2011 for a team that finished second in rushing offense in the Western Athletic Conference.
Lee Meisner, FB, Colorado-Pueblo: Played linebacker at CSU-Pueblo and will compete at fullback at minicamp.
Tyler Melton, WR, Georgia Tech: Started 35 games for the Ramblin’ Wreck and caught 17 passes his senior year.
Jerome Raymond, DE, Morehead State: Named to the 2011 All-Pioneer Football League first team. Finished fourth in the league in 2011 with 11.5 sacks.
Taylor Rowan, K, Western Illinois: Set an NCAA record for 129 straight extra points for the Leathernecks. Played in the UFL, and won an Arena Bowl title in 2010 with Spokane.
Kenny Stafford, WR, Toledo: Caught 21 passes for 272 yards and one touchdown in 2011 as the fourth wide receiver.
Aron White, TE, Georgia: Caught nine passes for 101 yards and four touchdowns during the Bulldogs’ 2011 campaign.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog