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NFL Draft: Falcons pre-draft visits, workouts tracker

Posted Apr 5, 2018

Here's a list of who the Falcons are having pre-draft visits with

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Every NFL team is allowed 30 pre-draft visits and the Falcons have reportedly started their visits with prospects. The pre-draft visit and workout process is invaluable to general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn because it allows them to evaluate a prospect in a multitude of ways.

Last year, it was reported that Quinn took the pre-draft workouts to another level, putting two prospects through a workout side by side.

Here’s who the Falcons have reportedly worked out or have visits schedule with:

P.J. Hall, defensive tackle, Sam Houston

• Height: 6-foot-1

• Weight: 310 pounds

• NFL comparison: Grady Jarrett

• Why he fits: Hall played his collegiate ball at Sam Houston State in the FCS where he earned two-time first-team Associated Press FCS All-American. What Hall lacks in height and weight at his position, he makes up for with his quickness and power. Hall played on the outside as a rusher in the early part of his college career so he has the pass-rushing ability head coach Dan Quinn likes in his defensive linemen. Quinn wants versatile linemen who can not only stop the run but can rush the passer as well.

Rashaan Evans, linebacker, Alabama

• Height: 6-foot-3

• Weight: 234 pounds

• NFL comparison: Lawrence Timmons

• Why he fits: Evans has the speed the Falcons like at linebacker -- he ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Evans saw limited playing time his first couple of seasons at Alabama as he was sitting behind Rueben Foster, a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his final season in Tuscaloosa, Evans recorded 74 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks. He has the ability to play inside and outside but would likely play the WILL role in the Falcons’ 4-3 defensive scheme. The Falcons currently only have four linebackers on their roster, so it is a position Atlanta could continue to add depth too through the draft.

Nick Chubb, running back, Georgia

• Height: 5-foot-11

• Weight: 228 pounds

• NFL comparison: Alfred Morris

• Why he fits: The Falcons have their No. 1 and 2 running backs returning in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but there’s a hole to fill currently at the No. 3 running back spot. Chubb has great lateral quickness and has one-cut ability, all traits that bode well for running backs in the zone-blocking scheme the Falcons run.

Leighton Vander Esch, linebacker, Boise State

• Height: 6-foot-4

• Weight: 256 pounds

• NFL comparison: Karlos Dansby

• Why he fits: Dan Quinn is building his defense full of fast, athletic play-makers. Vander Esch has the athleticism and length Quinn likes his linebackers to have, look no further at De’Vondre Campbell for an example. Vander Esch (33 and 7/8 inches) has an even bigger wingspan than Campbell (33 and 5/8 inches). The former Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year recorded 141 tackles, 8.5 for loss, four sacks, four pass breakups, and four forced fumbles in the 2017 season.

Da’Ron Payne, defensive tackle, Alabama

• Height: 6-foot-2

• Weight: 311 pounds

• NFL comparison: Ndamukong Suh

• Why he fits: The Falcons’ No. 1 position need currently is at defensive tackle. Dontari Poe signed with the Carolina Panthers in free agency, leaving a spot to fill. Payne is praised for his strength and athleticism, something we know the Falcons want on defense. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein named him named the premier run-stuffer in this draft class.

Jaire Alexander, cornerback, Louisville

• Height: 5-foot-11

• Weight: 192 lbs

• NFL comparison: Teez Tabor

• Why he fits: Dan Quinn has always said you can never have enough cornerbacks. And although the Falcons have their No. 1 and 2 cornerbacks returning in Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant, having depth at this position is key. Alexander’s strengths are his quickness and his ability to play with instincts. He can also slide inside and play nickel.

Mike McGlinchey, offensive tackle, Notre Dame

• Height: 6-foot-8

• Weight: 312 lbs

• NFL comparison: Jared Veldheer

• Why he fits: Mike McGlinchey is about as athletic as they come for a tackle given his background as a tight end. In the Falcons' zone-blocking scheme, offensive linemen have to be able to move. McGlinchey can play both right and left tackle, showing the versatility coach Dan Quinn likes. He is also quarterback Matt Ryan's younger cousin.

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