This weekend, the Atlanta Falcons will kick off their 2013 rookie minicamp as they begin to put together their roster for the upcoming campaign. This will be the first opportunity for the Dirty Birds to get a look at their 2013 NFL Draft selections as well as some other intriguing prospects.
On top of their eight 2013 draft picks and 24 undrafted free agent signees, the Falcons will have 17 other NFL hopefuls in town. Here’s a look at the group of invitees who will be at camp this weekend:
- Kelsey Dawsey , Cornerback, West Georgia
- Brooklyn Fox, Safety, Eastern Kentucky
- Andrew Hemlick, Wide Receiver, Lindenwood
- Corey Howard, Center, Central Arkansas
- Micah James, Center, Mid Tennessee State
- Saeed Lee, Cornerback, Alabama State
- Ryan Moores, Offensive Tackle, Middlebury
- Tyler Morgan, Long Snapper, Georgia Tech
- Shawn Plummer, Linebacker, Fresno State
- Will Post, Offensive Tackle, Eastern Washington
- KeJuan Riley, Safety, Alabama State
- Bill Ross, Linebacker, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
- Marcus Sales, Wide Receiver, Syracuse
- Richard Samuel, Running Back, Georgia
- Trevor Scales, Running Back, Harvard
- Quentin Sims, Wide Receiver, Tennessee-Martin
- Graham Wilbert, Quarterback, Florida Atlantic
The majority of these tryouts are nothing more than camp bodies who can help the Falcons field an entire 22-man scrimmage throughout the weekend. There are a few, though, who could have a legitimate chance at landing a training camp gig.
Scales was a dynamic running back for the Crimson, leading to a First-Team All-Ivy League selection in 2012 while setting himself apart as the only ball carrier in the conference to amass over 1,000 rushing yards. Even with their solid depth chart, Scales could be worth stashing on the practice squad.
Moores, from small school Middlebury, was a D3 First-Team All-American and team captain while helping the offense rewrite the school record books. Although he lacks foot speed and athleticism at 6’6’’, 310 pounds, Moores could impress if the opportunity arises.
Ross was a reliable tackle machine for Arkansas-Pine Bluff over the past two seasons, racking up 234 takedowns and six interceptions for the Golden Lions. Especially considering their lack of solid linebacker depth, the Falcons could find a valuable sleeper in Ross if he shows up big during minicamp.
Others, including Wilbert, Sales, Samuel and Hemlick, will be looking to make the most of their opportunity with the Falcons. We’ll see if they can capitalize on their upcoming chance to find a spot on an NFL training camp roster.