Report Card Grades for Atlanta Falcons' Undrafted Free-Agent Signings
The Atlanta Falcons have officially announced their free-agent list, and it contains 20 players who just missed the draft. Of this list, the Falcons could wind up keeping four or five on the roster to contribute toward a potential playoff run in 2014.
However, most of these will end up either cut after camp or on the practice squad. If they do wind up on the roster, don’t expect any Paul Worrilow or Joplo Bartu-level contributions from them. These are all mainly special teamers and fringe roster guys.
QB Jeff Mathews, Cornell
Jeff Mathews is the best quarterback available in the undrafted pool. He’s a Cornell product with a rocket for an arm and a lack of mobility. With the improvement on the offensive line this offseason by signing Jon Asamoah and drafting Jake Matthews, lack of mobility shouldn’t be an issue.
The Falcons got someone who should be able to compete right away with Dominique Davis and Sean Renfree. If Mathews beats them out for the No. 2 quarterback spot, it wouldn’t be shocking at all. The Falcons would have a quarterback very similar to Matt Ryan as his primary backup.
The only question is why Mathews didn’t get drafted. It’s a pretty shallow quarterback class behind the top six or seven guys, and he looked to be either the ninth or 10th best quarterback of the bunch this year.
Height: 6'3.25" Weight: 223 lbs
Arm Length: 32.125" Hand Measurement: 10.125"
40-Yard Dash: 5.26 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.88 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.36 sec Three-Cone Drill: 7.14 sec
Vertical Jump: 25.5" Broad Jump: 8'9"
2013: 9 games played, 228-of-360 (63.3 percent), 2,953 yards, 22 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 84 carries, minus-18 yards, 4 touchdowns, 2 tackles
2012: 9 games played, 251-of-405 (62.0 percent), 3,196 yards, 18 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 57 carries, minus-150 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 tackle
2011: 10 games played, 250-of-368 (67.9 percent), 3,412 yards, 25 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 49 carries, minus-138 yards, 1 touchdown
2010: 10 games played, 172-of-314 (54.8 percent), 1,723 yards, 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 71 carries, minus-209 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 catch, minus-2 yards
RB Jerome Smith, Syracuse
The Falcons lost Jason Snelling this offseason to retirement and need to replace his bruising 5’11", 220-pound frame on the depth chart. Josh Vaughan isn’t the guy to do that. He was lucky that the Falcons couldn’t put him on the practice squad last year, or they would have.
Atlanta did the right thing this offseason by bringing in Devonta Freeman through the draft in the fourth round, but he’s no bruiser like Snelling. So the Falcons signed Jerome Smith out of Syracuse. This could be the best move they made all offseason if he can live up to his potential.
Smith was a very similar back to what Snelling was in college. He’s primarily a grinding rusher who knows how to pass-block effectively and can catch short screens out of the backfield. If he can catch an interior screen and score a touchdown on it like Snelling used to, he could make the roster.
Height: 5'11" Weight: 220 lbs
Arm Length: 30.875" Hand Measurement: 9.75"
40-Yard Dash: 4.73 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.58 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.60 sec Three-Cone Drill: 7.27 sec Bench Reps: 17 reps
Vertical Jump: 36.0" Broad Jump: 10'3"
2013: 13 games played, 200 carries, 914 yards, 12 touchdowns, 8 catches, 74 yards, 1 touchdown
2012: 13 games played, 228 carries, 1,176 yards, 3 touchdowns, 8 catches, 83 yards
2011: 12 games played, 37 carries, 134 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 catch, 4 yards
2010: Redshirted after two games played due to a shoulder injury
FB Maurice Hagens, Miami
Bringing in undrafted fullbacks is always necessary because they can always make the roster and earn a starting role instantly. However, the Falcons brought in one from Miami who is average at best as a blocker in Maurice Hagens.
He’s not a great receiver and doesn’t have the functional strength right off the bat to be an instant contender. While it’s tough to hate the concept of bringing in a fullback with just Patrick DiMarco on the roster, Hagens looks like nothing more than camp fodder.
Height: 5'10.75" Weight: 246 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 5.09 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.83 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.58 sec Three-Cone Drill: 7.76 sec Bench Reps: 30 reps
Vertical Jump: 27.0" Broad Jump: 8'0"
2013: 13 games played, 5 carries, 22 yards, 7 catches, 83 yards
2012: 12 games played, 1 carry, 3 yards, 5 catches, 25 yards, 1 kick return, 11 yards, 1 tackle
2011: 12 games played, 7 carries, 21 yards, 6 catches, 57 yards, 1 kick returns, 7 yards
2010: 5 games played
FB Roosevelt Nix, Kansas State
For the longest time, I wanted to see Atlanta pick up Nikita Whitlock because he could start at fullback but still rotated in every now and again at defensive end/outside linebacker if there were injuries. While Roosevelt Nix isn’t Whitlock, he’s a bigger clone of Whitlock.
The Falcons decided to sign Nix and convert him over to fullback. If there’s a guy with the functional strength and potential to beat Patrick DiMarco for the starting spot, it’s Nix. Competing with Maurice Hagens and DiMarco will only make it tougher for him to make the roster.
But if it comes down to who the best special teams player of the bunch is, Nix stands a much better shot. As a former defensive end, he could be the best special teams guy of the bunch and best tackler as well.
Height: 5'11.25" Weight: 248 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.79 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.63 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.39 sec Three-Cone Drill: 6.97 sec Bench Reps: 22 reps
Vertical Jump: 28.0" Broad Jump: 9'2"
2013: 11 games played, 41 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 6 QB hurries, 2 fumbles forced, 5 pass deflections, 1 blocked kick
2012: 13 games played, 56 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, 4 QB hurries, 3 fumbles forced, 2 pass deflections
2011: 12 games played, 39 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 QB hurries, 3 fumbles forced, 1 fumble recovered, 3 pass deflections, 1 defensive touchdown
2010: 12 games played, 43 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks, 8 QB hurries, 4 fumbles forced, 2 pass deflections, 2 blocked kicks
WR Geraldo Boldewijn, Boise State
Falcons fans loved Brian Finneran because he was tough as nails and more than willing to go over the middle and get popped for a third-down catch. They will love Geraldo Boldewijn for the same reason.
Both Finneran and Boldewijn have similar builds. Finneran was 6’5", 210 pounds, while Boldewijn is a bit shorter but still plays with the same kind of catch radius that Finneran had. Boldewijn is also quick in and out of his cuts like Finneran.
The only real question is whether he can be that red-zone fade target like Finneran. Boldewijn showed a lot of potential at Boise State and even more of it in Charleston, South Carolina, at the Medal of Honor bowl. The Falcons are getting a very solid receiver who should at minimum make the practice squad.
Height: 6'3" Weight: 215 pounds
40-Yard Dash: 4.56 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.58 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.19 sec Three-Cone Drill: 6.88 sec Bench Reps: 18 reps
Vertical Jump: 34.0" Broad Jump: 10'7"
2013: 13 games played, 39 catches, 528 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 tackle
2012: 9 games played, 18 catches, 197 yards, 2 touchdowns
2011: 9 games played, 19 catches, 266 yards, 2 touchdowns
2010: 13 games played, 11 catches, 160 yards
WR Julian Jones, Arkansas State
Julian Jones is a unique prospect for the Falcons and could be the dark horse of the group to unseat Drew Davis for the final wide receiver roster spot. Jones has NFL level size and speed, but he’ll need to show that he also has NFL-caliber hands if he wants to even make it to the practice squad.
The Falcons also would need him to beat out Darius Johnson, and that looks more unlikely than Jones beating out Davis. Jones is not the best special teams player, and that will factor in a ton for him to even get a shot at a roster spot.
Height: 5'10.875" Weight: 199 pounds
40-Yard Dash: 4.51 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.54 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.50 sec Three-Cone Drill: 7.20 sec Bench Reps: 7 reps
Vertical Jump: 37.5" Broad Jump: 10'5"
2013: 13 games played, 52 catches, 641 yards, 4 touchdowns, 10 kick returns, 210 yards
2012: 13 games played, 13 catches, 394 yards, 7 touchdowns, 6 tackles
2011: 9 games played, 4 catches, 88 yards, 4 kick returns, 72 yards, 1 tackle
2010: 11 games played, 4 tackles, 1 pass deflection
WR Freddie Martino, North Greenville
On the surface, Freddie Martino looks like he has all the potential in the world to be the next Roddy White. For someone who wasn’t even on anyone’s radar heading into the draft, Martino has the best statistical resume out there.
However, the NFL isn’t about what you did in college. It’s about how you can raise your game up to the better competition. Martino has great speed and quickness and breaks well in and out of routes. He needs to show in preseason that he can make the massive jump from North Greenville to the pros.
In the worst-case scenario, he’ll end up on the practice squad, and Atlanta will try to bring him along at a slower rate. In the best-case scenario, he'll look like the man among boys that he was at North Greenville and will produce at a similar rate, if one of the Falcons’ big-time receivers goes down.
Height: 5'11.75" Weight: 198 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.49 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.60 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.36 sec Three-Cone Drill: 6.59 sec Bench Reps: 13 reps
Vertical Jump: 33.5" Broad Jump: 9'7"
2013: 11 games played, 146 catches, 1,680 yards, 12 touchdowns, 3 carries, minus-1 yards
2012: 11 games played, 49 catches, 511 yards, 3 touchdowns, 15 carries, 0 yards, 1-of-3 passing, 31 yards, 1 interception, 5 punt returns, 16 yards, 1 kick return, 34 yards, 3 tackles
2011: 14 games played, 66 catches, 1,007 yards, 7 touchdowns, 24 carries, 142 yards, 0-of-1 passing, 10 tackles
2010: 12 games played, 35 catches, 569 yards, 4 touchdowns, 23 carries, 249 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4 tackles
WR Bernard Reedy, Toledo
Oh, look! A slot receiver from a MAC school. It seems like the Falcons bring one of those in every single season and have yet to get one to stick on the roster. Bernard Reedy gets the next shot to earn at least a practice squad role for Atlanta.
If he can show that he’s a good special teams player, he could wind up stealing a roster spot unexpectedly from one of the running backs like Josh Vaughan or Antone Smith as an ace gunner. But it’s looking more likely that he’ll be just a camp body.
Height: 5'7.75" Weight: 173 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.52 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.55 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.07 sec Three-Cone Drill: 6.84 sec Bench Reps: 16 reps
Vertical Jump: 37.0" Broad Jump: 10'0"
2013: 12 games played, 62 catches, 840 yards, 8 touchdowns, 5 carries, 15 yards, 8 punt returns, 77 yards, 31 kick returns, 690 yards
2012: 13 games played, 88 catches, 1,113 yards, 6 touchdowns, 13 carries, 63 yards, 19 punt returns, 210 yards, 1 touchdown, 32 kick returns, 885 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 tackle
2011: 13 games played, 40 catches, 758 yards, 9 touchdowns, 4 carries, 40 yards, 1 punt return, 10 yards, 7 kick returns, 98 yards
2010: 12 games played, 5 catches, 32 yards, 8 carries, 35 yards, 2 touchdowns, 6 kick returns, 127 yards, 1 tackle
WR Tramaine Thompson, Kansas State
It’s attack of the tiny slot receivers with the last two guys covered. Tramaine Thompson is a small slot guy from Kansas State. This time, the Falcons reach into the Big-12 and hope that Thompson can show something more than just being meat for the grinder.
Sadly, that’s all he really looks to be. He’s nothing special as a slot receiver and isn’t good as an outside receiver. If the Falcons wanted to bring him in for anything more than camp fodder, they would have drafted him. He just doesn’t project well to the NFL.
Height: 5'7.375" Weight: 168 pounds
40-Yard Dash: 4.43 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.56 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.27 sec Three-cone Drill: 6.92 sec
Vertical Jump: 35.5" Broad Jump: 9'11"
2013: 11 games played, 32 catches, 551 yards, 5 touchdowns, 2 carries, 17 yards, 12 punt returns, 183 yards, 2 kick returns, 112 yards, 1 touchdown
2012: 13 games played, 37 catches, 526 yards, 4 touchdowns, 3 carries, 0 yards, 16 punt returns, 316 yards, 1 touchdown, 10 kick returns, 334 yards
2011: 12 games played, 21 catches, 338 yards, 1 touchdowns, 2 carries, minus-1 yards, 1 touchdown, 10 punt returns, 123 yards, 18 kick returns, 348 yards
2010: 8 games played, 19 catches, 258 yards, 2 carries, 17 yards, 13 punt returns, 96 yards
TE Brian Wozniak, Wisconsin
Holy blocking tight end, Batman! Brian Wozniak is a good one. Now, I realize that blocking tight ends are all the rage in the NFL. OK, enough with the sarcasm. Wozniak is a very good blocking tight end in a league that has essentially made them obsolete.
His draft value was slim-to-none, but he’s the kind of guy who could still make the roster if he shows he can block and then catch red-zone touchdowns. The Falcons have room on their roster for a guy like him, and he should be successful enough in preseason to be in the conversation for a roster spot.
Height: 6'4.125" Weight: 257 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.99 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.68 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.52 sec Three-Cone Drill: 7.44 sec Bench Reps: 18 reps
Vertical Jump: 31.0" Broad Jump: 9'5"
2013: 13 games played, 6 catches, 33 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 kick return, 18 yards
2012: 14 games played, 9 catches, 94 yards
2011: 12 games played, 1 kick returns, 4 yards
2010: 8 games played, 1 kick return, 7 yards, 1 tackle
TE Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
If anyone can potentially be the next Paul Worrilow or Joplo Bartu for the Falcons in 2014, it’s Jacob Pedersen. He was underrated by the NFL and most media outlets because of the offense he played in at Wisconsin.
It was a zone blocking-styled offense that relied on the running game first and passing second. Pedersen was the lead tight end for the Badgers offense the past two years, while his teammate Brian Wozniak was the blocking specialist.
Pedersen can play in-line or as a Joker-style slot tight end. The Falcons could wind up playing Pedersen over Bear Pascoe because like the projected starter in Levine Toilolo, Pedersen is a threat as both a blocker and receiver.
Height: 6'3.5" Weight: 238 lbs
Arm Length: 31.75" Hand Measurement: 9"
40-Yard Dash: 4.86 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.74 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.40 sec Three-Cone Drill: 7.55 sec
Vertical Jump: 28.5" Broad Jump: 9'3"
2013: 12 games played, 39 catches, 551 yards, 3 touchdowns
2012: 14 games played, 27 catches, 355 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 carry, 10 yards, 1 tackle
2011: 14 games played, 30 catches, 356 yards, 8 touchdowns, 2 tackles
2010: 13 games played, 8 catches, 132 yards, 2 touchdowns, 15 tackles
OL James Stone, Tennessee
The Falcons look a bit stacked at the center position for both training camp and the season with a brought-back Joe Hawley and 2012 second-round pick Peter Konz. However, Konz looked terrible in 2013 as the starting center, and his future could be at guard.
So the Falcons signed Stone to compete for that backup center role. If he wins the backup center role and Konz has to slide to guard, it won’t be completely awful, because the only other guards on the roster look to be Gabe Carimi, Harland Gunn and Adam Replogle.
Stone has always been an underrated bowling ball on the Tennessee offensive line. He’s also always been surrounded by a pair of high-level tackles for his conference. The Falcons should provide him similar protection in Asamoah and Justin Blalock, should he ever find his way into the starting lineup.
Height: 6'3.625" Weight: 306 lbs
Arm Length: 33.75" Hand Measurement: 10.125"
40-Yard Dash: 5.15 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.81 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.63 sec Three-cone Drill: 8.16 sec Bench Reps: 22 reps
Vertical Jump: 27.5" Broad Jump: 8'9"
2013: 12 games started at center and left guard
2012: 12 games started at center
2011: 7 games started at center, 9 games played at center
2010: 8 games started between left guard and center, 12 games played along the offensive line
NT Donte Rumph, Kentucky
After signing Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson, re-signing Corey Peters, Jonathan Babineaux and Peria Jerry and drafting Ra’Shede Hageman, the Falcons really beefed up their group up front for both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive alignments.
The issue here is that only one of these guys is more than 320 pounds (Soliai). Donte Rumph is a 337-pound monster who has potential to be a two-down plugger in the NFL. Unfortunately, he likely won’t earn a roster spot until 2015.
As it stands, he should at a minimum be on the practice squad, where he can learn from Soliai and the rest of the defensive linemen for a season while he learns how to play the game and become a proper reserve on the line.
Height: 6'2.375" Weight: 337 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 5.07 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.92 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.93 sec Three-cone Drill: 8.32 sec Bench Reps: 24 reps
Vertical Jump: 24.0" Broad Jump: 8'0"
2013: 12 games played, 47 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 2 QB hurries, 1 fumble forced
2012: 11 games played, 36 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, 1 fumble forced
2011: 11 games played, 31 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, 1 QB hurry
2010: 12 games played, 12 tackles
DL Nosa Eguae, Auburn
The Falcons signing that was closest to home was Auburn defensive lineman Nosa Eguae. He was the leader of the Tigers' highly talented defense and projects to be a defensive end in either scheme at the NFL level. Sadly, he’s a much better college player than he will be a pro.
He’s a great fit for what Atlanta likes to do, but he’s not an improvement over anyone on the roster as a pass-rusher. He also doesn’t have the athleticism to drop back and play linebacker. His best hope to make the roster is quite a few injuries in camp.
Height: 6'3" Weight: 282 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 5.19 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.81 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.66 sec Three-Cone Drill: 7.77 sec Bench Reps: 24 reps
Vertical Jump: 26.5" Broad Jump: 8'2"
2013: 14 games played, 22 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 6 QB hurries, 1 blocked kick
2012: 12 games played, 23 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, 2 QB hurries
2011: 13 games played, 38 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 12 QB hurries, 1 pass deflections
2010: 14 games played, 22 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 5 QB hurries
EP Jacques Smith, Tennessee
The Falcons continue to build up depth and competition at outside linebacker with the signing of Jacques Smith. While he’s not the best athlete out there, he does play with fire and toughness that the Falcons haven’t seemed to have for years.
Unfortunately, a run-stuffing defensive end who’s only 6’2", 258 pounds isn’t very valuable in today’s NFL. Without any sort of dynamic pass-rush ability or athleticism, Smith is destined to be a rotational player at best and likely won’t make it out of camp.
Height: 6'1.875" Weight: 258 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.88 sec 10-Yard Split: 2.75 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.68 sec Three-Cone Drill: 7.49 sec Bench Reps: 27 reps
Vertical Jump: 36.5" Broad Jump: 10'7"
2013: 10 games played, 28 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 2 QB hurries, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown
2012: 12 games played, 33 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 8 QB hurries
2011: 12 games played, 35 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 6 QB hurries, 1 fumble forced, 1 pass deflection
2010: 13 games played, 24 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 4 QB hurries, 1 fumble forced
EP Walker May, Vanderbilt
After drafting two outside linebackers, getting Kroy Biermann back from injury and seeing development in Jonathan Massaquoi late in the year, the Falcons probably won't keep more than four or five defensive end/outside linebacker types on the roster.
Walker May from Vanderbilt is intelligent and instinctual. However, he’s not athletically gifted past his above-average length and isn’t one of the better pass-rushers out there in free agency. The Falcons could get the most out of him as a practice squad member.
Height: 6'4.125" Weight: 247 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.85 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.70 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.39 sec Three-Cone Drill: 7.15 sec Bench Reps: 23 reps
Vertical Jump: 33.5" Broad Jump: 10'0"
2013: 13 games played, 41 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, 5 QB hurries, 1 fumble forced, 1 pass deflection
2012: 13 games played, 41 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, 7 QB hurries, 2 pass deflections
2011: 13 games played, 30 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 2 QB hurries
2010: 8 games played, 29 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 2 QB hurries, 1 blocked kick
LB Brenden Daley, Hawaii
On a team that will likely be starting a 2013 undrafted free agent at middle linebacker, it doesn’t make sense to say that a 2014 undrafted free agent stands no shot of making the roster. However, Daley is behind a half-dozen guys on the depth chart.
He has to beat out at least two, if not three, of them. The only way he does that is if he somehow shows his talent on special teams. The Falcons could also just put him on the practice squad since that seems to be where he’s destined to go at this point.
Height: 6'6.25" Weight: 245 pounds
Bench Reps: 22 reps
2013: 12 games played, 90 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, 2 QB hurries, 3 fumbles forced
2012: 10 games played, 26 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 2 QB hurries, 1 interception
2010: Played at Ventura (Calif.) Junior College
2009: Played at Ventura (Calif.) Junior College
CB Tay Glover-Wright, Utah State
If you are going to make a roster in the NFL, you have to show that you aren’t going to waste a roster spot. A guy like Tay Glover-Wright can possibly play wide receiver, cornerback, running back and special teams. That alone makes him valuable.
His 6’0", 175-pound frame moving at 4.36 speed in the 40 doesn’t hurt too much either. He may amount to absolutely nothing in the NFL. But the Smyrna/Mableton-area product deserves a fair shake and could potentially get it in Atlanta.
Height: 6'0" Weight: 174 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.36 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.50 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.37 sec Three-Cone Drill: 7.28 sec Bench Reps: 9 reps
Vertical Jump: 35.0" Broad Jump: 9'11"
2013: 14 games played, 52 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 1 fumble forced, 10 pass deflection, 19 kick returns, 429 yards, 8 carries, 39 yards
2012: 13 games played, 17 tackles, 1 QB hurry, 1 blocked kick, 1 punt return, 7 yards, 6 kick returns, 119 yards, 12 carries, 66 yards, 5 catches, 24 yards, 1-of-1 passing, 9 yards
2011: Played at Eastern Arizona Community College
2010: Played at Highland (Kan.) Community College
S Kimario McFadden, South Carolina State
Honestly, I don’t understand what use a sixth safety even has on the roster. Behind Dezmen Southward, William Moore, Zeke Motta, Kemal Ishmael and Sean Baker, there aren’t many reps for Kimario McFadden to even see the practice field.
On top of that, he is undersized and a middling athlete. It’s going to take amazing special teams skills and some solid play at safety just for him to be considered. But it’s doubtful that he’ll even make it out of training camp.
Height: 5'10.5" Weight: 207 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.56 sec 10-Yard Split: 1.56 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.36 sec Three-cone Drill: 7.14 sec Bench Reps: 15 reps
Vertical Jump: 34.0" Broad Jump: 9'9"
2013: 13 games played, 75 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble forced, 2 fumbles recovered, 5 pass deflections
2012: 11 games played, 54 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, 1 QB hurry, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble forced, 2 fumbles recovered, 8 pass deflections, 1 defensive touchdown
McFadden was at Alabama A&M, Georgia Military Academy and Atlanta Prep prior to this.
P Matt Yoklic, Pittsburgh
The Falcons need some competition at punter and kicker every year, and Matt Yoklic allows them to have another leg in camp. With Matt Bosher as the starting punter with three years in Atlanta and Matt Bryant entering the final year of his contract and possibly career, Yoklic could be a practice squad candidate.
Bosher’s long-term future could easily be as the starting placekicker. This would allow Yoklic to have the roster spot in the future at punter. However, this could be just a simple camp-fodder signing too. Overall, Yoklic offers no risk and potentially high reward.
Height: 6'3" Weight: 209 lbs
2013: 70 punts, 3,008 yards, 43.0 average
2012: 61 punts, 2,548 yards, 41.8 average
2011: 62 punts, 2,554 yards, 41.2 average, 1 tackle
2010: No games played
All stats used are from Pro Football Focus' Premium Stats (subscription required), ESPN.com, CFBStats or NFL.com. All combine and pro-day info is courtesy of NFLDraftScout.com. All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac and Rotoworld.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, college football, the NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.