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 Post subject: Falcons talking to Eric Green and Gibson
PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 1:40 am 
Cornerback Eric Green getting a look from Atlanta
By Dean Legge Publisher
Date: Jan 26, 2005

Atlanta may be showing its Draft cards a bit at this week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile. Former Virginia Tech cornerback Eric Green was getting a lot of attention from the Falcons in Mobile.

Green, who played with current Atlanta Falcons starting cornerback DeAngelo Hall at Virginia Tech, finished his career in Blacksburg 143 tackles and eight interceptions for 264 return yards. He returned two of the eight interceptions for touchdowns. Green is being projected anywhere from a second, third, or fourth round pick.
Atlanta drafted Hall with this first pick of the season in the 2004 NFL Draft. Hall is the starting left cornerback – on the other side Jason Webster is starting at right cornerback. Webster was under current Falcon head coach Jim Mora in the San Francisco secondary from 2000-2003.

Green’s best season at Virginia Tech was Hall’s final one. Green recorded 41 tackles and had three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

Green’s number one problem might be questions about an ACL he had before the 2002 season. That injury has brought up durability questions. He recovered that fall and returned with his best season at Virginia Tech.

His numbers might not have been as impressive, but Green’s ability to cover was more consistent his final season in Blacksburg.

Green has always had good ball skills in coverage, but another issue could be whispers about his character. Another drawback about Green, as with many corners coming out of college, is his ability to make tackles. He supposedly also gives a variety effort throughout games – he is not consistent in his effort according to reports.

Injuries seem to be slowing Eric Green down right now as he sat out of today’s practice with a hamstring injury. He likely will not play in Saturday’s Senior Bowl.


Fred Gibson is also being looked at by the falcon's.


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I'm not sure about this guy. I think he is a serious character problem. And we all know how the Falcons want to stay away from those kinds of guys.


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I assume you're talking about Gibson. I didn't get to watch as much UGA football as I hoped this year, but Gibson is an intriguing talent. But most of what I hear is that he's an underachiever and has issues like you mentioned.

I would tend to agree with that because talent-wise, Gibson should have been mentioned in the same breath as guys like Fitzgerald, Roy Williams, Braylon Edwards, Mike Williams, etc. the past two years, but he really hasn't been.

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Gibson, who finished his career at Georgia with nearly 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, will be interviewed by the Atlanta Falcons in Mobile this week. Gibson is one of two Georgia receivers on the Senior Bowl’s South roster. Gibson is being projected anywhere from a very late first round pick to a more likely second or third round pick.

Atlanta drafted Ohio State’s Michael Jenkins last season. He is currently behind Dez White at the X wide receiver spot for the Falcons. Brian Finneran is backing up Peerless Price at the Z spot. Atlanta ranked 30th out of 32 teams in pass offense last season.

Gibson’s career at Georgia was an up and down one. He started off with a bang his freshman season in Athens with 772 yards and six touchdowns. The following two seasons he failed to surpass that amount as he dealt with injures.

His senior season was probably his most compete as he scored seven touchdowns and had over 800 yards in receptions.

The number one question about Gibson is his durability at the next level. Although he is tall he does not weight more than 200 pounds. His hands have the potential to be excellent – although he has been criticized for dropping catchable balls at critical times in games. Gibson has a knack of making amazing catches. The two seasons he was not hurt where his best two. Gibson was also a kickoff return specialist in college until his senior season.

Scout.com’s team of experts in Mobile have been positive about Gibson. In today’s practice he was used as a kickoff return man.

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