D. Orlando Ledbetter reports fifth-round draft pick, Kerry Meier, has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. The deal is four years worth 1.947 million. That leaves only first round pick, Sean Weatherspoon, unsigned.
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Meier was the 20th wide receiver taken in the 2010 NFL Draft. From CBS Sports prospects ratings:
Release: Takes time to get off the line of scrimmage because of his long strides. Lacks the speed or suddenness to separate against corners, and might against linebackers and safeties at H-back.
Hands: Very solid receiver, using his hands to catch. Can extend his arms to snatch wide or high throws, but allows passes too far into his chest at times. Tough enough to catch balls in traffic and over the middle.
Route running: Good route-runner because of his quarterback background, making sound cuts and getting past the first down marker. Uses head and shoulder fakes to get separation. Finds openings inside or outside for his quarterback when the play breaks down. Very effective on arrow routes after coming in motion. May have enough speed as an H-back to threaten the seam against linebackers. Lacks great quickness and doesn’t sink his hips coming into and out of routes.
After the catch: Strong runner who runs over or stiff-arms small defenders in space. Some elusiveness when heading upfield, setting up defenders to the sideline and cutting inside. Lacks great vision or acceleration but can find space to run after the catch. Keeps working for additional yardage after first contact.
Blocking: Good size for blocking, and delivers a strong initial punch on corners and linebackers from the slot. Keeps leverage to sustain when in the correct position whether the runner is coming inside or outside. Doesn’t blow defenders off the ball or reset his hands consistently, allowing them to get off and catch ballcarriers on the way by.
Intangibles: Team captain leads by example and gets after teammates to compete in the weight room, film room, and on the field. Unselfish player who took the change from quarterback to receiver in stride.
With the contract negotiations out of the way, Meier can now focus on becoming the next Johnny Knox.