Atlanta Falcons: DT Conrad Obi signed

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan warming up for the Friday Night Lights event at Peachtree Ridge High on Friday night. (D.Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan warming up for the Friday Night Lights event at Peachtree Ridge High on Friday night. (D.Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — With defensive tackles Vance Walker (undisclosed injury) and Corey Peters (left foot), the Falcons signed Conrad Obi on Friday.

Obi, 6-3, 290. a native of College Park who played at Grayson High, played at Colorado.

He appeared in 41 games during his career at Colorado and had a breakout season as a senior. In 2011, Obi started seven games and posted 31 total tackles (14 solo) with three passes defensed, one tackle for loss, and one fumble recovery.

He was named a SuperPrep All-Dixie team member during his senior year at Grayson. Obi earned honorable mention all-state honors and first team all-Gwinnett County as a junior. He graduated from Colorado with a degree in Ethnic Studies in December.

He was signed as a free agent by Arizona after the draft, but was released.

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31 comments Add your comment

backatcha

August 3rd, 2012
7:33 pm

backatcha

August 3rd, 2012
7:34 pm

It’s a good thing the Falcons are fortifying the lines. I hope this translates into some wins thins season! I’m pretty excited! Thanks for keeping us up-to-date DLed.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 3rd, 2012
7:44 pm

backatcha — You’re very welcome.

Jesse

August 3rd, 2012
7:45 pm

Go get Grady Jackson!

Larry

August 3rd, 2012
7:58 pm

Way too little too late. The Falcons sold the farm to get a vastly overrated Julio Jones; then this year let their run defense go to the Saints. The only difference this year is that we’ll lost the 3rd and one on run plays instead of passes. Still no o-line and no defensive tackles nor middle linebackers are going to leave the Birds with a losing season.

SirReal

August 3rd, 2012
8:19 pm

Hmmm D Led…with his size….looks like we really are sticking with the 4-3 definitely. Before I opened this and read it, I was hoping it was a 6′2-6′3-350 guy to eat that middle.lol A space eater like Grady Jackson that was eluded to earlier would be great and would make Abraham, Edwards, Biermann, and Weatherspoon so much better at their jobs.lol Thanks for the update though.

MG

August 3rd, 2012
8:32 pm

How many stud DT in the NFL weigh less than 300 bills ?

Chub Rock

August 3rd, 2012
8:37 pm

If the defense moves more towards a 3-4 look I could see the need for the 350 lb NT. The Falcons want a pass rushing D-line and 350 lb men don’t typically excel at the pass rush. He would be coming off the field every couple of plays for oxygen Lol. Sure there are guys who do it well (Ngata, Willfork) but God only makes a few of those and they are hard to find. Grady Jackson was a pure run stopper by the time he got to Atl.
Hey D any word on the Vance Walker injury. Usually undisclosed injuries for the Falcons means a guy is going on IR. Obi is more than likely just a camp body so don’t read too much into this signing. If Walker is out, Robertson may get the nod as the 4th DT.

Well-Endowed Birds Fan

August 3rd, 2012
8:49 pm

I need football TODAY!!! To hell with all this waiting!!!

Cal

August 3rd, 2012
8:54 pm

We are in trouble on the DL, I also believe Corey Peters is hurt more than been disclosed. He was suppose to be back begining of training camp, now i’m hearing after training camp. Walker is not a star but he does well as a rotational player. This new DT stats are horrible so why are they putting it out like the birds made a great move.

BIRDSFLYHIGH

August 3rd, 2012
9:05 pm

BIRDSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Cajdawg

August 3rd, 2012
9:09 pm

290. Great if this were D2 football.

Left Coast Dawg

August 3rd, 2012
9:16 pm

Other than the nice slant route, how are Dom.Davis and Calvin looking, DLed?

Paddy

August 3rd, 2012
9:57 pm

Larry……itis quit clear that football is not your game. That post was ugly.

OB/DB

August 3rd, 2012
9:58 pm

Looks like TD and the Birds should have drafted Thompson from Clemson in the 3rd instead of reaching for an injuried L. Holmes. This is not how you get far in the SUPER BOWL race!!!!!

FAILCANTS regret losing Lofton....fact...

August 4th, 2012
8:29 am

Saints > FAILCANTS

Rev Blake

August 4th, 2012
8:42 am

Just so you know, “regret losing,” your made up word is a double negative. Failcan’t would mean “can’t fail.” Thank you. You’re right. The Falcons cannot fail!!!
Remeber: Falcons > Aint’s

Bwaaahaaahaaaahaaa!!!!!

to real

August 4th, 2012
11:26 am

I have no problem with this I just hope it doesnt mean corey is out a while

Michael M.

August 4th, 2012
11:27 am

@ FAILCANTS regret losing Lofton….fact…

To really know how bad it is, the aints can’t even get along with Lofton being one of their own wearing those stinkin ugly junior high varsity football uniforms in the pro level ! That team is a disgrace to the National Football League period and should be banned from the NFL for the Bountygate Corruption !
Breeze should be ashamed of his self for lying to cover up the Fiasco and been suspended as well !
Falcons Fly and aints crawl !

JoFo

August 5th, 2012
11:20 am

PADDY, Larry is still yet another classless sAINTS troll. Why don’t we try strongly supporting our team and Conrad Obi and anoint him “Obi-1″! :)

Jimmy Crack

August 5th, 2012
2:03 pm

Obi is a DE turned DT. He can play either postion. 290 is light for a DT but not for a DE in a 3-4. He is ideal for a hybrid defense. More than likely he is training camp beef, unless he excels. If Nolan like smart guys he’ll love Obi.

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PlanB

August 6th, 2012
9:23 am

I’m not liking Smitty’s way of keeping us in the dark on injuries. Maybe during the regular and post season, there might be some players you don’t want the opposing team to know if one of our best will be missing a game but we aren’t there yet. This is preseason and we want to know how the injuries are to Grimes, Walker and Peters and I’m sure there will be others.

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DavidS

August 7th, 2012
1:14 am

Larry seems to think the world is coming to an end. Maybe he should stick to Olympic (NBA all-star) basketball and stay with the sure thing.

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