Falcons sign former Tech WR Cone

Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Kevin Cone caught six passes as a senior and walked onto Georgia Tech after transferring from NAIA Shorter College, but the Falcons want him in their camp.

The Falcons have signed him as an undrafted rookie, according to the school. Cone, a St. Pius High grad and the son of former Tech player Ronnie Cone, started 10 games as a senior for the Jackets last fall. He reportedly ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at Tech’s pro day. Former Tech players from the 2010 team who were signed to training camp rosters now includes cornerback Mario Butler (Dallas), running back Lucas Cox (Falcons), linebacker Brad Jefferson (Buffalo), quarterback Joshua Nesbitt (Buffalo) and safety Jerrard Tarrant (N.Y. Giants). Baltimore selected running back Anthony Allen in the seventh round.

In defense of his spread-option offense as an avenue to the NFL, Tech coach Paul Johnson is fond of saying that NFL teams will find players if they can play, regardless of what offense or defense they play in college. While Cone’s chances of making the team or even the practice squad are presumably slim – the Falcons have 11 wide receivers on the roster – one would suspect Johnson will bring up Cone as an example with wide receiver prospects.

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Jackets 2011

August 2nd, 2011
1:29 pm

Good luck guys.
Prove the scouts wrong.
Here’s what they know.
Ryan Leaf #1 pick.

Jacket Man

August 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

Before the insults start flying, Kevin actually has good size and good hands to go with his speed. GA tech, as everyone knows by now, just didn’t successfully complete passes in the last several years. He’s got a great work ethic as well. I’m not saying Kevin will make the roster, but maybe he’ll have a chance to stick with the practice squad.


August 2nd, 2011
1:41 pm

it beats working as a ready reserve ramp agent for Delta which only pays $10.82 hr…I am so not kidding


August 2nd, 2011
1:51 pm

He might actually get to catch a ball :)


August 2nd, 2011
2:04 pm

Has some called Nick Claytor yet to ask him what in the world he was thinking?


August 2nd, 2011
2:05 pm

Forgot to mention he’s got his Mechanical Engineering degree, too.

Repairing Monkees

August 2nd, 2011
2:08 pm

Good for KC. Didn’t know he could run a 4.37 – 40. That’s movin.


August 2nd, 2011
2:13 pm

So, Ronny and Janet now have TWO sons as pro athletes! Zach signed with the Rangers in June after getting picked #37 in the MLB amatuer draft, and now his older brother is a Falcon. Hope they both have great success!

5150 UOAD

August 2nd, 2011
2:14 pm

maybe you should worry about ICE knocking on your door.
Did anybody ask the majority of UGA players what they were thinking when the didn’t finish their degrees or take Housing and Pre-Business for 5 years?

Jeffro Bodeen

August 2nd, 2011
2:54 pm

I feel so much better now…… Cone???? for real?????


August 2nd, 2011
2:57 pm

i keep hearing that tech doesn’t have good players, but don’t we land between 3 & 6 players in the NFL every year?


August 2nd, 2011
2:57 pm

Nick was lazy…couldn’t hack CPJ’s practices or GT’s classes.


August 2nd, 2011
3:03 pm

good for Kevin. he always had great size and speed and was a pretty decent blocker. hopefully things will fall in place and he can earn a spot on the roster somewhere… also a really good student from what i hear.


August 2nd, 2011
3:22 pm

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Ball Coach

August 2nd, 2011
4:11 pm

Good luck Kevin Cone. A fine young man. Incredible athlete. I won’t be playing you in basketball wearing boots anymore.


August 2nd, 2011
6:05 pm

Kevin Cone HAS a Mechanical Engineering Degree and should he not make the Falcons … will have quite a good job waiting for him!!!!!

Good Luck Kevin!!!!

The truth

August 2nd, 2011
7:07 pm

Nick was soft. Could always count on him getting the wind knocked out of him each game for a TV time-out so he could walk off the field and rest a series.


August 2nd, 2011
9:00 pm

Kev… YOU DA MAN!!!!!
Do your thing gosh dangit. It’s hard to describe how pumped up I am for K Coner!

George P. Burdell

August 2nd, 2011
11:11 pm

The truth,

absolutely correct. He was like having an extra timeout in your pocket except you never knew when the timeout would be called.

Whomever was advising that young man to go in the draft was akin to playing the lottery. I wish him no ill will but if you cannot stay in for the entire game in college, you have no chance of turning heads in the NFL.


August 3rd, 2011
8:27 am

Congrats Kevin. I took a class with Kevin in System Dynamics (8AM) ME3015 class and Kevin was always on time and ready to learn. For those of you with a preconceived notation about athletes being in joke majors, Kevin is proof that it’s not true for all of them. I wish you all the best man.


August 3rd, 2011
8:30 am

I guess the practice squad was short a man. This dude couldn’t catch a cold if a tried, which is why he wasted his time at Yech.

Keith in Warner Robins

August 3rd, 2011
10:06 am

I wouldn’t call a degree in Mechanical Engineering wasting time. Looks tome like he made the most of his time at Tech. He caught a TD pass vs. Miami so, he’s got some talent. The QB’s that were throwing to him last year just weren’t great passers.

DRad Fan 2

August 3rd, 2011
2:55 pm

That is a UGA redneck quote if I ever heard one – “wasted his time at GT”. Kevin was apparently a good student and got a ME degree. Keep super-sizing those fries you d—–s.


August 3rd, 2011
3:36 pm

Guess what ALL CPJ’s receivers do? BLOCK and block well.

That alone gives them a headstart on most top WRs coming out of college. If you can’t block coming out of college, you better be Randy Moss otherwise no chance in the Pros.

Give em hell, KC!

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

August 3rd, 2011
5:38 pm

As a graduate of both Shorter and Tech, I feel obligated to point out that it’s not Shorter University. Additionally, Shorter is no longer an NAIA school, having recently moved up to NCAA Division II.

Great news about Kevin. I hope things work very well for him with the Falcons and throughout his career.

Not Disappointed

August 4th, 2011
9:00 am

Good luck young man!

Old Gold Britches

August 4th, 2011
9:11 am

Kevin got his degree which speaks well for the young man. Now he has been given another opportunity to excell. All the best KC!


August 7th, 2011
5:32 pm

Young Mr. Cone has better “hands” than Julio Jones. Nonsense you say ?? Watch him at Flowery Branch, which is the only place he’ll ever play as a Falcon. He catches EVERYTHING.
Sad, isn’t it that if you’re not considered the “annointed one” you just come in one door and then out the other.
Some things never change.