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Dan Quinn reveals how one fruitful weekend made a big impact on the Falcons' draft


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- They say timing is everything in life.

At least it was on one rainy weekend in Ohio this past spring.

During a post-practice media session with reporters on Saturday, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn was asked some questions about fourth-round pick Kendall Sheffield.


And while talking about Sheffield, Quinn actually revealed something rather remarkable about the weekend when he and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff made their pre-draft visit with the former Ohio State Buckeye.

"We went out to Columbus on a weekend morning to go see him and when I left that visit with Thomas, I was like, 'OK, how do we get him on the team?'" Quinn said. "And, in fact, on the same weekend, maybe on the same day, we saw him and (John) Cominsky."

The Falcons, as we all know now, ended up drafting both Sheffield and Cominsky, a defensive end out of the University of Charleston who is from Barberton, Ohio, in the fourth round. Sheffield was taken with the Falcons' No. 111 overall pick and Cominsky was taken at No. 135.

"That turned out to be a pretty fruitful trip on a rainy Sunday in Ohio."

Indeed. And then Quinn added an oh-by-the-way gem about that weekend.

"In fact, the same weekend on that Saturday, we were at Boston College," Quinn said.

Oh, and that. The Falcons' first-round pick, guard Chris Lindstrom, played at Boston College. So to be clear, the Falcons made three private trips to visit with what turned out to be three of their first four draft picks in a 48-hour window in early April.

What are the chances of that happening?

"I don't know what weekend that was, but we should circle that one on the calendar."

Well, after a little digging around on Twitter, NBC Sports reporter Ben Standig may have provided (tweeted) the answer: April 13-14.

It's way too early to tell what kind of playing career those three rookies will have. Should Lindstrom, Sheffield and Cominsky end up in the Falcons Ring of Honor one day, those 48 hours won't soon be forgotten.

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