This will be the first post in a series identifying some of the more intriguing late round prospect in this year's NFL Draft. The first in line is Valdosta State defensive tackle Lawrence Virgil.
Here is how he measured up at his pro day as reported by @TonyPauline.
Weight: 287 lbs
Arm Length: 34 1/2"
40-yard dash: 4.95s
Short shuttle: 4.84s
3-cone drill: 7.77s
Bench: 39 reps
Broad jump: 9'4"
Strengths: Virgil has ideal size to play in the NFL. He is a lean 287 pounds. He is incredibly strong as evidenced by his 39 bench reps and that strength shows up on film. He is a strong anchor against the run and exhibits the ability to collapse the pocket against the pass. He has incredibly long arms and uses that to initiate contact and control blockers. The game cut-ups I have found show he has an above average ability to redirect for a player of his size. He has the potential to be scheme diverse and play either a one, three, or five technique.
Weaknesses: He is a D2 player that has not proven he can produce against top tier opponents. He will not have the same overwhelming strength advantage in the pros and will have to develop his hand technique and pick up some new pass rush moves to succeed. He has only average quickness off the line of scrimmage which may limit him as a pass rusher. His stats don't necessarily jump off the page like you'd want from a small school prospect. He only had 11 sacks and 20.5 tackles for a loss over the last two seasons.
Falcons Fit: The Falcons starters along their defensive line are essentially set but there is a need for depth at the position. Virgil could play multiple positions in Nolan's hybrid defensive schemes which would help him in a bid for a roster spot. As with any late round prospect he's going to need time and coaching to develop but his upside is high enough to warrant a seventh round pick. Should he slip through the draft altogether the Falcons would be smart to make him a priority UDFA.