Two UNLV Players Look To Make Their Mark On the Atlanta Falcons In 2010

Robert WayerskiCorrespondent IApril 27, 2010

The Atlanta Falcons must have liked what they saw at UNLV's Pro Day.

The Falcons drafted former UNLV center Joe Hawley in the fourth round and then reached out to his former teammate, undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver, Ryan Wolfe.

Even though Wolfe was undrafted, he may have the chance to make the bigger impact on the Falcons right away.

Of the wide receivers on the Falcons roster, only Roddy White (11) had more that two touchdowns and was the only receiver on the team to surpass 1,000 yards (1,153), Michael Jenkins was second with 635.

Wolfe is not the fastest WR, but he has very good hands and will go over the middle and make the tough catches. UNLV's all-time leader in catches and yards should be able to step in immediately and play in the slot for Atlanta and help out in the return game.

Hawley's bench press, 35 reps, at the Combine and impressive Pro Day performance took him from being a sixth- to seventh-round pick to a fourth-rounder.

While Hawley may not get into the game immediately, he is part of the Falcons' plan to get younger across the offensive line.

Right now, Todd McClure, the current center, is the only starter on the Falcons O-line over the age of 30. My guess is next year Hawley will get his chance to step in and the line will be completely refurbished.

While Mike Sanford may not have been a good head coach, the Falcons certainly think highly of his recruiting.