The draft is scheduled for next Thursday (July 13) last I heard, and although I don't think the Falcons will draft anybody, I think maybe a few of the guys in it if they aren't picked up could be options for the Falcons to sign as undrafted free agents since we still have a few roster spots open before training camp.
One is Ahmard Hall, a FB from Texas. Here's the skinny on Hall: He's listed at 5-11/232.
NFL Draft Scout wrote:
The former U.S. Marine Sergeant was a third-year walk-on who attended Texas on the G.I. Bill before being awarded a scholarship as a senior. He was tabbed the Big Twelve Conference Sportsperson of the Year in 2004-05 and also was the Big Twelve candidate for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award. He played in 24 games for the Longhorns, taking over fullback duties in 2005.
An active member in community service with military veterans , Hall served in numerous missions around the world as a member of the Marines, including missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan, before joining UT as a walk-on in 2003 He quickly climbed to the ranks of Marine Sergeant and is currently on inactive reserve.
Hall redshirted in 2003 at Texas. He appeared in eleven games as a reserve fullback in 2004, scoring on his only rushing attempt while also leading the special team coverage units with ten tackles (8 solos). He started twice at fullback in 2005, managing 10 yards on one carry and 42 yards on three catches with a touchdown.
In 24 games at Texas, Hall started two times. He gained 11 yards on two carries with a touchdown, caught three passes for 42 yards (14.0 avg) and a score and recorded ten tackles (8 solos). He also was credited with nine touchdown-resulting blocks.
Positives: Solidly-built athlete with a thick upper body and strong legs...Physical lead blocker who flashes suddenness through the holes...Shows good weave in his run past the line of scrimmage...Decent route runner who shows good body adjustment going for the off-target passes...Has a low center of gravity through the holes as a lead blocker, rarely ever going to the ground as he does a good job of keeping his shoulders square upon contact...Shows the cutback ability to bounce to the outside...Delivers crunching cut-blocks on the perimeter and shows aggression and proper arm extension staying back to pick up the blitz.
Negatives: Lacks the ideal size you look for in a classic fullbackâ€¦Despite his quickness, he is more of a one-cut runner, but can make the initial tackler miss...Needs to show better hip snap when attacking the holes...Has adequate hands for the reception, but he needs to refine his route running as he has difficulties keeping track of the ball outside of the short area.
Hall will turn age 27 during the course of the 2006 season. He is a bit of a tweener, as he lacks the size of an ideal fullback and is more of a straight-line runner who does not show the lateral agility to get wide and turn the corner as a tailback. Despite his timed speed, he is not explosive enough to pop out the back side of the hole. As a blocker, he gets stoned in the hole when he gets too high in his stance. He was only moderately involved in their passing game, but while he showed the speed to runs check downs, he was never used as a hot receiver.
THE CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.49 in the 40-yard dashâ€¦Bench presses 225 pounds 24 timesâ€¦35-inch vertical jumpâ€¦ 10â€™0â€ broad jumpâ€¦4.22 20-yard shuttleâ€¦7.22 three-cone drill.
I only mention him because he seems like a high character guy due to his military service, and FB is a position that is not a need, but it never hurts to bring in another guy to camp to compete. Based on NFL Draft Scout's analysis, only 4 guys look like they will be drafted:
ILB Ahmad Brooks, Virginia
OLB Jason Berryman, Iowa State
OLB David Dixon, Hutchinson CC
FB Ahmard Hall, Texas
Hall is the only one among them without character concerns. So just saying if the Falcons have any interest in the supplemental draft this year (which is doubtful) it likely will only be in Hall.