Falcons Give 15 Players a Second Chance to Pursue Their Dream

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For many players, their dream of playing professional football ended on Saturday night. For others, their dream continues.

The Falcons helped extend that dream for 15 undrafted free agents (UDFAs) by signing them to deals.

The Falcons Official Site has bios for each player, but here’s the list:


OFFENSE

Position Player College
Running Back Dimitri Nance Arizona State
Tight End Leroy Banks Southern Mississippi
Tight End Michael Palmer Clemson
Tight End Colin Peek Alabama
Wide Receiver Tim Buckley Alcorn State
Wide Receiver Brandyn Harvey Villanova
Wide Receiver Ryan Wolfe UNLV

DEFENSE

Position Player College
Cornerback Dominique Daniels Nicholls State
Defensive End Emmanuel Stephens Mississippi
Linebacker Bear Woods Troy
Linebacker Weston Johnson Wyoming
Safety Rafael Bush South Carolina State
Safety Gabe Derricks San Diego

SPECIAL TEAMS

Position Player College
Kicker Garrett Lindholm Tarleton State
Long Snapper Justin Drescher Colorado

I don’t typically spend a lot of time on UDFAs since only a few will actually make the active roster. In fact, last season the Falcons brought in 17 UDFAs and only three made the team (DE Maurice Lucas, QB John Parker Wilson, OL Jose Valdez).

There’s about a 5-to-1 chance (17.6%) a UDFA will make the team. That’s two or three players from this year’s crop of 15.

So which ones will be on the team when the 53-man roster is released September 4? Let me know in the comments or continue the conversation on Twitter.

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