After a few days of not much happening on the offseason front for the Falcons, we finally have a bit of news to discuss. Rejoice!
Jody Demling, who covers Louisville for Scout.com, reports that Atlanta has shown interest in one of the team's top defenders from last season.
Louisville defensive lineman Marcus Smith said he just met with the Indianapolis Colts; has a workout with Falcons on Wednesday.— Jody Demling (@jdemling) March 17, 2014
Considering the Falcons have yet to sign a veteran pass rusher after employing most of their cap space on additions at the guard and defensive tackle positions, it's not surprising they are starting to look at rookie edge rushers.
Smith was one of the top linemen in the nation last season, recording 14.5 sacks, 18.5 TFLs and 12 "QB hurries" in his fantastic senior campaign with the Cardinals. He played defensive end in the school's 4-3 scheme, but some have postulated that he could wind up as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. With a 6-foot-3, 260-pound frame (and as a former high school quarterback that ran a 4.68 40-yard dash), that doesn't sound so far-fetched.
Most projections have Smith as a 2nd or 3rd-round pick. He's also a Columbus, Ga. native and already has some exposure with Atlanta's coaching staff, having played on the North team in the Senior Bowl.
What are your thoughts on Smith and his potential fit with the Falcons?