Tyler Melton gets tryout with Falcons

Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Tyler Melton has his opportunity, albeit a slim one – a tryout spot at the Falcons’ rookie minicamp next weekend.

Melton confirmed the invite by text message Friday afternoon. He’ll take part in the workouts with the Falcons’ six draftees and 22 undrafted free agents. A tryout player is different than an undrafted rookie free agent. The latter has signed a deal with an NFL team, while a player coming in on a tryout works without a contract. At the mini-camp, which runs May 11-13 at the Falcons’ Flowery Branch complex, Melton’s competition will be three undrafted rookie free agent wide receivers – Marcus Jackson of Lamar, Cody Pearcy from Huntingdon (Ala.) and James Rodgers from Oregon State. The team did not draft any wide receivers.

Melton worked out for the Falcons prior to the draft along with a number of other local products, going through pass routes and then meeting with coaches. Prior to the draft, Melton said he thought he picked things up quickly, an opinion evidently shared by the Falcons.

Melton will try to follow the unlikely but ultimately successful route charted by former Tech wide receiver Kevin Cone, who was signed by the Falcons just prior to the 2011 training camp, then proceeded to make the practice squad and then the active roster late in the season.

Melton started 35 games for Tech in his career, including all 13 games as a senior. He caught 17 passes as a senior, including 10 in the final five games of the season. He was an excellent downfield blocker and also performed well on special teams.

Two years ago, the Falcons brought in six tryout players to their minicamp and kept two, quarterback Eric Ward from Southwest DeKalb High and cornerback Daylan Walker. Ward was cut one month later (he played in Canada last season and ended up throwing for Stephen Hill and Melton at Tech’s pro day). Walker was waived-injured in August.

162 comments Add your comment

GT Fan

May 4th, 2012
7:17 pm

Best of luck to Tyler! Always represented GT very well. I think he has what it takes to find his way onto the practice squad.

5150 UOAD

May 4th, 2012
7:22 pm

He will not be the only Tech player to get looked at.

Roddy Jones might get the Call from Chan in Buffalo.

FL Jacket

May 4th, 2012
9:04 pm

When Tyler’s number was called, he came up with some great catches against VT and Duke. And of course…he’s not afraid to put you on your keyster!

In case anyone was wondering…Kevin Cone was listed by D. Orlando Ledbetter (Falcons AJC beat writer) on the Falcons’ WR 2-deep behind Julio Jones (Roddy White and Harry Douglas were the 2-deep at the other WR spot).

That option is a killer…

BLT

May 4th, 2012
10:10 pm

Good luck Tyler. Show them what you can do!

Trolls: no NFL teams want down field blocking from receivers. Just ask Calvin, Bey Bey, Stephen Hill and Tyler Melton. That’s your script so please chime in like buffoons. Que: idiots

yeller bug

May 5th, 2012
12:30 am

Melton made some nice plays the last few games—wish him well. I hope Tech can replace TM and SH this year and we get a little more consistent in the passing game.

bird

May 5th, 2012
1:29 am

Isn’t there 1 more receiver? I thought the Falcons added the WR from Cal.

Paddy

May 5th, 2012
7:07 am

bird……I think you are referring to Calvin from Cal. He may have been frgotten or they just think of him as a return specialist.

Tokyo jacket

May 5th, 2012
9:28 am

Good luck to Melton. I have a feeling he’ll make the team. He was a promising recruit who plays hard. In a different scheme, I think he might have been a 2nd day pick. It’s easier to make the second string as a hard worker and good blocker than it is as a talented prospect in the NFL.

Paul in NH

May 5th, 2012
9:56 am

Good luck to Melton but he has an uphill climb to make the team. Plenty of WRs are brought in for tryouts – someone has to catch all those practice passes from the QBs.

Paddy

May 5th, 2012
9:56 am

Tokyo jacket…….I too hope he makes the team. Your suggestion that hard work over talent gets the nod for a roster spot is way off, imho. There are tons of hard working football players that never should get a spot. If that is a teams criteria they will finish at the bottom on the league and the staff eventually will get fired!

WnE

May 5th, 2012
9:57 am

FL Jacket

May 4th, 2012
9:04 pm

When Tyler’s number was called, he came up with some great catches against VT and Duke. And of course…he’s not afraid to put you on your keyster!

In case anyone was wondering…Kevin Cone was listed by D. Orlando Ledbetter (Falcons AJC beat writer) on the Falcons’ WR 2-deep behind Julio Jones (Roddy White and Harry Douglas were the 2-deep at the other WR spot).

That option is a killer…
_____________

You are so delusional!

Cone is a STs player only, if a game situation arose there would have to be multiple injuries for him to see the field.

They would simply go to another formation that didn’t use him or move a WR like Douglass over from another spot to where Cone plays before they try to play an NFL game with a WR like Cone.

But since you think that Cone is so talented, I’ll play along:

Explain how GT can have WR like Cone that is good enough to be #2 on the Atlanta Falcons Depth chart, but while at GT he was only able to catch less than 10 passes in his entire Career?

Cue the excuses in 3 ……..2……………1……..go:

Is this where all the CPJ defenders will now chime in and BLAME THE QBs that CPJ trained & recruited but not blame the HC in any way at all?

WnE

May 5th, 2012
10:03 am

Thank you Ken S., I have to admit that I learned something today from your blog.

I had no idea that there was a “level” of FB player BELOW an Undrafted Rookie Free Agent (UFA), and then I read your article, and saw that Tyler Melton has found his way to that level LOWER than what I originally thought was the lowest.

Thanks for all you do Ken, and I do appreciate learning something new here on your blog.

Melton is CPJ Recruit, spends 4 yrs. in his system and finds his way to a level of the NFL that I and many others never knew existed (after all Ken had to explain the difference in his article), once again all you can say is, “CPJ’s system, the gift that keeps on giving”.

BLT

May 5th, 2012
10:03 am

“Cue the excuses in 3 ……..2……………1……..go:”

Cue WnE with his usual hatred for Tech and CPJ. Does that fit your storyline WnE?

Paul in NH

May 5th, 2012
10:25 am

“I had no idea that there was a “level” of FB player BELOW an Undrafted Rookie Free Agent (UFA),”

Someone obviously doesn’t know much about pro football. NFL teams bring in players for tryouts all the time. It often happens in the middle of the season when there is an injury. Any kicker who misses several in a row will quickly find that his club is holding tryouts.

BLT

May 5th, 2012
10:31 am

Hey Wrexie, it’s a nice morning and it looks like another beautiful day here in Georgia. You should get out and enjoy the weather. I’m not sure what your diagnosis is, but a little fresh air and sunshine would not hurt you.

PS-leave your smart phone at home.

Big Crimson 75

May 5th, 2012
10:52 am

WnE — Can’t you feel good for the guy?
You didn’t expect him to be drafted.
He gets a chance to make an NFL Roster!!
He has the same chance as James Rodgers, who was much more well known on the CFB Scene.

FL Jacket

May 5th, 2012
11:01 am

“Melton is CPJ Recruit, spends 4 yrs. in his system and finds his way to a level of the NFL that I and many others never knew existed (after all Ken had to explain the difference in his article), once again all you can say is, “CPJ’s system, the gift that keeps on giving”.”

WnE…

After you finishing typing your own delusional response to my reply…I have a homework assignment for you….

Find out why a newly hired SEC Coach (Kevin Sumlin) couldn’t get Case Keenum, the most prolific QB in the recent history of the school (which includes David Kilngler and Andre Ware), drafted by the NFL.

Then when you find that out…Even though Chris Petersen could have his choice of pretty much any college job out there (so he’s a pretty great coach)…find out why the most prolific passer in the history of Boise State (and among the career leaders in the MWC)…Kellen Moore…couldn’t get drafted by the NFL.

These are players who achieved huge levels of productivity and winning at the college level, and had a system that I’m sure we both agree showed off their skills. I’m looking for your criticisms of these coaches in your reply.

Thanks!

Sam

May 5th, 2012
11:07 am

Who knows how good he could be; a receiver doesn’t have much chance to show his stuff on a Paul Johnson team.

HighTech

May 5th, 2012
11:08 am

“Melton is CPJ Recruit, spends 4 yrs. in his system and finds his way to a level of the NFL that I and many others never knew existed (after all Ken had to explain the difference in his article), once again all you can say is, “CPJ’s system, the gift that keeps on giving”.”
———————————
Tyler Melton committed to Tech on 6/25/2006. He was a two-star recruit who had offers from Air Force, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, and Rice.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/georgiatech/football/recruiting/player-Tyler-Melton-46073;_ylt=AokmS4FtZVkXDAJUMK8sZkjvr5B4

gt45

May 5th, 2012
11:10 am

The Falcon coaches know what a four year reciever coming out of the Jacket offense is capable of. Don’t think for a second that they don’t know they have a diamond!

George Stein

May 5th, 2012
12:12 pm

Wait. So Cone is “only a special teams player” and also #2 on the Falcons depth chart. This was in the SAME comment. It’s to the point where he can’t keep his story straight in one comment.

He really should get out, BLT. It must get dark and lonely in his mom’s basement.

George Stein

May 5th, 2012
12:14 pm

macrotech

May 5th, 2012
12:42 pm

Somebody….PLEASE hook WnE up with a Midol!!! That cat is FOREVER hurtin’….truly hurts my heart to know that there is SO much misery out there. Sad….SO sad.

[...] to Original Content From Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog): read more Related Articles Share About Author [...]

HighTech

May 5th, 2012
12:55 pm

Tyler Melton was neither a CPJ recruit nor an ELITE RECRUIT (see my post @ 11:08 am).

Having an opportunity to play in the NFL is quite an accomplishment for Tyler Melton.

Once again, WnE (aka Gollum) has trouble with facts. Especially when the facts do not support his narrative.

Vulture

May 5th, 2012
12:58 pm

I think it’s “signed” undrafted rookie free agent vs “not signed” undrafted rookie free agent.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 5th, 2012
1:30 pm

@ George……I think the following link, which was included in the one you posted, is more appropriate —–

http://deadspin.com/5907731/ohio-state-warns-athletes-about-superfan-whos-a-convicted-sex-offender

Since Gollum tries to turn kids away from Tech, I doubt he is like this jerk, but Tech STILL needs to do something about him. He is definitely an sick, evil man

HighTech

May 5th, 2012
1:31 pm

That’s too funny, Supersize. That guy is probably more like Dede than Gollum.

dede vs WnE

May 5th, 2012
1:43 pm

That’s too funny, Supersize. That guy is probably more like Dede than Gollum.
+++++++++++++++++

while dede wants to do the entire tech team, WnE just wants a shot with paul his manlove.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 5th, 2012
2:00 pm

who is Dede?

HighTech

May 5th, 2012
3:10 pm

Supersize…my original comment is awaiting moderation. Just Google Dede and Georgia Tech.

http://stopdede.com/

HighTech

May 5th, 2012
4:39 pm

lol @ dede vs WnE. He wants him some kung fu panda.

Dawg48

May 5th, 2012
6:05 pm

Don’t know if anyone is watching the Nationwide race, but a bad wreck. The kid driving the 14 car may be, well I just say it’s bad like Big E.

Dawg48

May 5th, 2012
6:09 pm

He is talking.

HighTech

May 5th, 2012
6:20 pm

Hope Eric McClure is okay. NASCAR says safety has improved since Big E.

Ghost

May 5th, 2012
6:32 pm

Fl jacket , Keenum didn’t get drafted because he still can’t straighten out his knee from past knee injuries. Moore did get a contract as an undrafted free agent. Wish the best for Melton.

FL Jacket

May 5th, 2012
7:21 pm

Ghost…

Thanks for providing infinitely more useful information than WnE…

Wrecker

May 5th, 2012
7:45 pm

Good luck to Tyler. If he doesn’t catch on with the Falcons, I hope someone takes a chance on him.

Rodney Dangerfield

May 5th, 2012
8:33 pm

I am going to start calling Wne SourPuss – he is always Sour about GT and CPJ and is a
Puss.

This may be the most fitting nickname ever, huh, SourPuss

superDawg

May 5th, 2012
8:39 pm

I see you goons are fired up about a tekie that at best will be scout a team dummy.

superDawg

May 5th, 2012
8:42 pm

and macriod I see you finally came out after the yearly smack down you get in november.

Rodney Dangerfield

May 5th, 2012
9:47 pm

superDawg – go back to your dawg blog, I heard they have an extra pot brownie just for you.

Rodney Dangerfield

May 5th, 2012
9:49 pm

Being a superDawg is equivalent to being superDumb.

I will call you superDumb – your new nickname.

Go back and play with your DWAGS!

BLT

May 5th, 2012
10:58 pm

BLT

May 5th, 2012
11:00 pm

Who is the “dummy” again?

BLT

May 5th, 2012
11:14 pm

Well, anyway…good luck to the UGA troll union members. Hopefully your dues are paid and you are in good standing. If not then please get your parents to make up the difference. Please remember you represent UGA as the “flagship” University in this fine state. Keep it classy; as you always do! Carry On!

Buzz 2011

May 6th, 2012
6:30 am

@Sam You mean guys like BeBe Thomas, Calvin Johnson and Stephen Hill? Looks like CPJ has his receivers ” show their stuff” enough, wouldn’t you say?

Bill

May 6th, 2012
12:32 pm

Good luck kid..hope you make it.

Ghost

May 6th, 2012
3:15 pm

Buzz 2011, Calvin Never played for PJ. Stephan Hill showing his stuff? 49 receptions in 3 years.

George Stein

May 6th, 2012
5:20 pm

Buzz 2011, Calvin Never played for PJ. Stephan Hill showing his stuff? 49 receptions in 3 years.

Or 21 more than former five star receiver Marlon Brown.