Atlanta Falcons Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterApril 28, 2013

Atlanta Falcons Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings

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    The Atlanta Falcons attacked their biggest positional need in the draft when they moved up eight spots to take Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant in the first round with pick No. 22 and then followed that up in the second round with Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford with pick No. 60.

    The Falcons selected eight players in all during the 2013 NFL draft, but they still need to fill an offseason roster that can grow all the way to 90 players.

    That’s where undrafted free agents come in.

    If a college player didn’t hear his name called between Thursday and Saturday, he’s free to sign with any team that’s willing to give him a roster spot. In a sense, this is a shot for the college player to pick the best opportunity for him. The ultimate goal is to make the final roster after training camp.

    Which players do the Falcons have their eyes on? Which players had their agents dial up general manager Thomas Dimitroff shortly after the draft?

    Here’s an undrafted free agent tracker to keep up with the comings and goings of post-draft rookie transactions.

Matt Smith, C, Kentucky

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    Kentucky Wildcats center Matt Smith sent out a tweet Saturday night after the draft stating that he had signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons. The university later sent out a tweet to confirm.

    Smith will join fellow undrafted free agent Corey Howard and a few veteran offensive linemen already on Atlanta's roster in a group trying to fight to replace center Todd McClure, who retired after the 2012 season.

    Confirmation: Falcons' team release

Momo Thomas, CB, Colorado State

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    The Colorado State University athletic department confirmed Saturday that cornerback Momo Thomas had signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

    Thomas, a four-year starter in the Rams secondary, has been a face of the program since 2008. The cornerback from Kissimmee, Fla., finished his career with over 150 tackles and five interceptions.

    Thomas shared the news via Twitter less than an hour after the final pick of the 2013 NFL draft.

    Joining a large mix of rookies added to the Falcons roster this weekend, Thomas will fight for a roster spot beginning with a rookie minicamp next week.

    Confirmation: Falcons' team release

Theo Goins, OG, Central Florida

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    The Atlanta Falcons don't have a lot of "set in stone" positions locked down heading into the 2013 season. Justin Blalock and Sam Baker are locks at left guard and left tackle, respectively, and Peter Konz will start at either center of right guard. After that, there are question marks.

    It's likely that Lamar Holmes and Garrett Reynolds will be in the mix, but so may Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley. The point is, the door is wide open for an offensive lineman to come in and shine and earn a spot; even an undrafted free agent like Theo Goins.

    Goins just finished his redshirt senior season at Central Florida where last year he was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List (top interior lineman). According to his agent, Aston Sports Representation via Twitter, Goins signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

    Confirmation: Falcons' team release

Adam Replogle, DT, Indiana

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    Indiana head football coach James Patton congratulated defensive tackle Adam Replogle via Twitter, which was later confirmed via Twitter from the Hoosiers athletic department, for signing an undrafted free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

    The Falcons lost defensive tackle Vance Walker to free agency which means there could possibly be a spot on the defensive line depth chart for a rookie. Atlanta did not select a defensive tackle in the 2013 NFL draft.

    Replogle had 13 tackles for loss and five sacks during the 2012 season at Indiana. He led the team in both categories and finished third on the team in tackles with 71.

    Confirmation: Falcons' team release

Casey Barth, K, North Carolina

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    According to the Wilmington Star News, neither Casey Barth nor his agent had any contact with the Atlanta Falcons prior to the Falcons offering him a contract as an undrafted free agent. 

    But Barth accepted the offer because it was more favorable to offers from the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts.

    Atlanta wanted to sign me to a one-shot contract. Carolina and the Colts were talking about me competing with other rookies with just a tryout contact. It’s just better for me as I try to move up in the ranks a little bit.

    That means Barth will be in training camp with the Falcons to compete with veteran kicker Matt Bryant, whose job is likely very safe.

    Confirmation: Falcons' team release

Joplo Bartu, LB, Texas State

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    Texas State linebacker Joplo Bartu led the Bobcats in 2012 with 95 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He’ll now get to see if that success can translate to success at the professional level.

    Bartu was signed to an undrafted free agent contract by the Atlanta Falcons, according to the National Football Post.

    Atlanta’s linebacker corps is the unit with the most question marks at the post-draft and headed into the camp season. After Sean Weatherspoon, who’ s on the verge of NFL stardom, upgrades could be made at both the starting level and on the depth chart behind the linebackers that play in the base and sub packages.

    Confirmation: Falcons' team release

Nick Clancy, LB, Boston College

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    Linebacker Nick Clancy led the Atlantic Coast Conference and was ranked fourth in the nation in 2012 with 145 tackles.

    The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they had signed the Boston College linebacker to an undrafted free agent contract.

    Clancy wasn’t a full-time starter with the Eagles until his senior season when he took over for departed middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. He made the most of his one-year opportunity and turned it into a chance to make it in the NFL.

Devonte Campbell, FB, Maryland

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    The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they had signed Maryland tight end Devonte Campbell to an undrafted free agent contract.

    Campbell was a long-time backup until last season when coaches started seeing a marked improvement in Campbell’s speed and pass-catching ability, according to the Washington Times.

    He still caught just three passes last season and now joins a Falcons team that drafted a tight end (Levine Toilolo in the fourth round) and has six other tight ends on the roster, including All-Pro Tony Gonzalez.

    Campbell played a little fullback at Maryland too and was primarily a blocking tight end. The Falcons have signed him as a fullback.

Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech

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    It was just five months ago that Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege was hoisting the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas MVP trophy after leading Texas Tech to a 34-31 win over Minnesota.

    Now Doege finds himself under contract with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent. The Falcons announced the signing Monday.

    The 6’1” Doege threw for 4,215 yards and 39 touchdowns last season in 13 games. Over the span of four seasons he played in 31 games and threw for 8,646 yards and 69 touchdowns.

    With Matt Ryan and Dominique Davis entrenched at the top of the Falcons quarterback depth chart, Doege will be battling for a chance at making the team as a No. 3 quarterback, or possibly a practice squad passer.

Rashad Evans, WR, Fresno State

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    Fresno State wide receiver Rashad Evans caught 34 passes last season for 314 yards and scored five touchdowns. After missing out on having his name called during the 2013 NFL draft, Evans signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Monday.

    The 5’9” Evans caught 138 passes during his time with the Bulldogs and amassed 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns in 44 games.

    Evans also returned punts for Fresno State and will definitely be looked at on special teams as the Falcons are set at wide receiver.

Deon Goggins, FB, Syracuse

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    The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they had signed Deon Goggins to an undrafted free agent contract.

    Goggins likely went undrafted, reports the Syracuse Post-Standard, because he’s expected to make a position change at the NFL level. Goggins made 53 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss for Syracuse as a defensive tackle but will have to move to end of linebacker because of his size.

    The Falcons have Goggins listed as a fullback.

Cam Henderson, DE, Central Florida

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    Central Florida defensive end Cam Henderson accumulated 45 tackles last season, five tackles for loss and two sacks as he finished a two-year career at UCF.

    Henderson appeared in 25 games but started just four at UCF and playing for Navarro Junior College in Texas.

    Henderson signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, the team announced

Neal Huynh, DT, Ohio

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    The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they had signed Ohio defensive tackle Neal Huynh to an undrafted free agent contract.

    Huynh pulled off eight tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks last season along with 29 tackles as he anchored the middle of the Bobcats defense.

    At his pro day, Huynh ran a 5.10 40-yard dash, according to NFL.com and even took reps with the offensive linemen in their drills.

    Huynh told the Altoona Mirror that Atlanta wasn’t the only team that called after the NFL draft was complete. He’ll head to Atlanta for rookie minicamp as a defensive tackle or a nose guard," Huynh said.

Darius Johnson, WR, Southern Methodist

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    Southern Methodist wide receiver Darius Johnson led the team with 787 receiving yards in 2012 and caught five touchdown passes. He also hauled in 64 passes.

    Johnson was a first team All-Conference USA selection last year and was named MVP of back-to-back bowl games for the Mustangs.

    The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they had signed Johnson to an undrafted free agent contract.

    Johnson will likely have to compete for time on special teams if he has any chance of making the regular season roster. Atlanta’s wide receiver depth chart is pretty deep.

Terren Jones, OT, Alabama State

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    The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their offensive line, the team announced Monday, by signing Alabama State offensive tackle Terren Jones to an undrafted free agent contract.

    Jones started every game at left tackle in 2012 for the Hornets and was a three-time All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection during his time at Alabama State.

    Atlanta wasn’t the only team interested in the mammoth 6’8” 338-pound tackle according to AL.com, but Jones signed quickly with the Falcons (less than a hour) after the draft ended.

Martel Moore, WR, Northern Illinois

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    Martel Moore led the Northern Illinois Huskies last season with 1,083 receiving yards on 75 catches and 13 touchdowns. He left school ranked second in Northern Illinois history with 2,544 receiving yards and 24 touchdown catches.

    He’ll enter the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Monday.

    As storied a college career as Moore experienced, he’ll have an uphill battle sticking with the Falcons after training camp. Atlanta has a very deep wide receiver corps.

Donald Russell, RB, Georgia State

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    Donald Russell won’t have to travel far to get to training camp; 44.9 miles to be exact.

    The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they had signed the Georgia State running back to an undrafted free agent contract. Russell will have to drive from downtown Atlanta to the team’s training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga.

    Russell played in eight game last season and carried the ball 120 times for 770 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 163 yards and a score.

    Russell left Georgia State with 1,412 career rushing yards, ranking him first in school history.

Troy Sanders, S, Appalachian State

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    The Atlanta Falcons did a lot to increase the depth of their secondary in the 2013 NFL draft, selecting two cornerbacks with their first two picks, and a defensive back and a safety in Round 7.

    Apparently the team wasn’t down adding depth in the defensive backfield.

    The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they had signed the Appalachian State safety to an undrafted free agent contract. Sanders started at cornerback and safety during his three-year tenure as a starter with the Mountaineers.

    Sanders was second on the team in 2012 with 83 tackles and notched 6.5 tackles for loss and pulled down three interceptions.

Alec Savoie, OT, McNeese State

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    With a number of questions surrounding the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line headed into training camp, the team went the undrafted free agent route to help bring in some depth.

    The Falcons announced Monday that they had signed the McNeese State offensive tackle to an undrafted free agent contract.

    The 6’7” 322 pound tackle was an All-Southland Conference performer and was a starter on the offensive line since 2010.

Ryan Schraeder, OT, Valdosta State

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    Valdosta State offensive tackle Ryan Schrader didn’t play organized football until after high school and had to go the junior college route (Valdosta State Athletic Department) before spending two years at Valdosta State.

    He signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Monday.

    The 6’7” 300 pound tackle was an All-American at Valdosta State in 2011 and in 2010 at Butler Community College. 

Sean Sellwood, P, Utah

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    Utah punter Sean Sellwood averaged 46.5 yards per punt last season and landed nine punts inside the 20-yard line.

    Sellwood signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, the team announced.

    Sellwood will compete with fourth-year punter Matt Bosher.

Brandon Thurmond, DE, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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    Prior to the 2013 NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons were in need of help at defensive end to rush the passer. The Falcons selected Malliciah Goodman in the fourth round and Stansly Maponga in the fifth to bolster the unit.

    The Falcons also signed Brandon Thurmond to an undrafted free agent contract, the team announced Monday.

    Thurmond notched 70 tackles last season and 25 tackles for loss. Thurmond also posted 17.5 sacks and recovered three fumbles.

Ronnie Wingo, RB, Arkansas

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    The general idea is that new Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson won’t be around forever. In preparation for Jacksons future departure, the Falcons added some undrafted free agent help in the backfield.

    According to a team release, Atlanta signed Arkansas running back Ronnie Wingo to an undrafted rookie contract.

    Wingo rushed for just 59 yards last season at Arkansas but amassed 1,089 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns during his career.

Paul Worrilow, LB, Delaware

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    Delaware linebacker Paul Worrilow led the team in tackles in 2012 with 107 and added three sacks and nine tackles for loss.

    The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they had signed Worrilow to an undrafted free agent contract.

    Worrilow will join a linebacker corps led by rising star Sean Weatherspoon that could benefit from extra depth.

Corey Howard, C, Central Arkansas

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    When long-time center Todd McClure announced his retirement after the 2012 season, the Atlanta Falcons started thinking about what to do to find his replacement.

    The Falcons have a number of options currently on the roster, including sliding second-year lineman Peter Konz over one spot to play center. But they also added undrafted free agent center Corey Howard to the mix Saturday after the NFL draft.

    Per the official Central Arkansas athletics Twitter account, Howard signed with the Falcons.

    Howard, a three-year starter, was the SLC Offensive Lineman of the Year and a consensus All-American.

    Howard will attend the Falcons' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.