Atlanta Falcons News: Julio Jones could get help from Senior Bowl prospect
Good morning, Atlanta Falcons fans. There are a number of great articles in today’s Dirty Bird Daily.
A lot of focus is on the Senior Bowl, and one prospect would love to line up alongside Julio Jones and help the Falcons’ passing game. There’s some more draft talk, and also a look at why it’s unlikely the Falcons go after Jaylon Smith, no matter what the mocks say.
Senior Bowl prospect has connection to Matt Ryan — Vaughn McClure of ESPN
Matt Ioannidis has a slight connection to Matt Ryan. His friend, quarterback John Loughery, is Ryan’s cousin. Maybe the two will meet up in Atlanta next season. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Falcons turn attention to Senior Bowl — Kelsey Conway of AtlantaFalcons.com
Can you smell that? That’s right, it’s draft season, and it has arrived. The Senior Bowl is a great place for scouts to evaluate talent, and the practices are in full flow ahead of the weekend’s game. There is some excellent coverage over the official Atlanta Falcons website. Dan Quinn, Thomas Dimitroff and their staff have all been in attendance to check out the action.
Braxton Miller: I would love to help Julio Jones — Vaughn McClure of ESPN
Senior Bowl prospect wide receiver Braxton Miller has impressed many, and he had said he would love to wear the Falcons’ red and black and help out Julio Jones. The Falcons sure need a receiver capable of making plays consistently outside to take some pressure off of Jones. Could Miller be the guy?
Don’t expect Falcons to select Jaylon Smith — Dave Choate of The Falcoholic
Jaylon Smith is likely to be a popular pick for the Atlanta Falcons in mock drafts, but Dave Choate of The Falcoholic believes it’s unlikely the Falcons will make a move for him. You have to feel for Smith. His draft stock was sky high before suffering his knee injury, and it could keep him out for a while.
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NFC South will be one of league’s toughest divisions for a while — Dave Choate of The Falcoholic
A year ago, the NFC South was a laughing stock, an embarrassment in the NFL. But each team went a long way to changing that this season, and thankfully the NFC East took over where the South left off. With the Panthers heading to Super Bowl 50 and the Falcons and Buccaneers with upward arrows, the division is set to be strong for a while.