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.