Knowing the players Thomas Dimitroff is looking out helps identify where the team gauges their needs. If Dimitroff is looking at projected mid-round tight ends and late-round wide receivers, you can get the idea that the team feels they need tight ends more than wide receivers.
It is interesting to see what prospects Atlanta is considering. There seems to be a particular interest in UCLA players, which could mean either (a) Jim Mora Jr. is putting out some good prospects, or (b) the Falcons are interviewing teammates of a top player. While I never thought the first would end up being true, the Falcons have been sniffing around UCLA pass rusher Anthony Barr.
Which leads me to the recent interview news.
Atlanta Falcons brass have worked out both Jordan Zumwalt/LB and Shaq Evans/WR of UCLA.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 2, 2014
Both prospects played at the Senior Bowl under Mike Smith, giving them a nearly "Jacksonville" connection to Smith.
Zumwalt is an inside linebacker projected to go between the 4th and 6th round. The 6-foot-4, 230 pound linebacker would probably compete with Paul Worrilow to play next to Sean Weatherspoon in Atlanta's new 3-4 defense. Odds would be best that Zumwalt would provide depth early in his career while playing on special teams until he can bulk up.
Evans is 6-foot-1, 213 pounds and displayed great speed with a 4.51 40 at the combine. Depending on who you believe, Evans should be available as early as the 4th round to as late as the 7th round. Evans displayedfrustrating inconsistency at the Senior Bowl, but between his nice junior season and impressive upside, could be a nice addition to Atlanta's roster.
I'm a little disappointed in that I'm not sure Evans would replace Harry Douglas but the Falcons could certainly use another pass catcher. At the very least, it would make sense Atlanta is looking at ILBs and WRs later in the draft after the Falcons hopefully take a pass rusher, a TE, an OT and a FS.