The Atlanta Falcons have met with several high-profile defensive prospects at the NFL Combine over the past few days. Alabama safety Landon Collins, Wake Forest cornerbac Kevin Johnson and Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead were three names linked to the Falcons from Saturday's news out of Indianapolis.
The Falcons met with Collins on Friday night, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC. Collins is the top-ranked safety for this year's draft class. If the Falcons want Collins, they'll have to use their first pick to acquire him. He's projected as a top 10 pick at the moment.
Johnson, who met with the Falcons last week, is a taller corner who would likely make a great fit in Atlanta. ESPN's Kevin Weidl said Johnson " has the most natural man coverage skills in this year's class." He could be a first-round pick depending on his Combine workouts.
Armstead had an "informal interview" with Atlanta. Armstead is a giant at 6-foot-8, 290 pounds. He didn't show a ton of pass rushing production at Oregon, but his size and athleticism could put him in the first round. Mike Mayock said Armstead is "an intriguing guy, especially in the 3-4. He can play any one of the three positions. He's 6-8, 290, and he's a baby right now. He's going to grow into something immense, and he's got great skills."
What other stories involved the Falcons yesterday?
Are the Falcons interested in Pierre-Paul?
Atlanta is reportedly watching the Jason Pierre-Paul situation in New York. The Giants could use a franchise tag to keep Pierre-Paul around, but it's unclear what will happen at this point. If he's available in free agency, the 26-year-old will have plenty of interested investors.
This story seems more like speculation. The link above only includes Ledbetter saying Pierre-Paul "could be one of the top free agent targets" for the Falcons. It's far from definitive as other people on Twitter are so quick to suggest. Pierre-Paul would be expensive, but he would address the biggest need for the team.
McPhee could be a fit for Atlanta
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun is confident Pernell McPhee will "cash in as a free agent" this offseason. Wilson lists the Falcons as one of five teams regarded as potential fits for McPhee.
The Falcons would be forced to pay somewhere between $8 million to $10 million for McPhee. He finished with 7.5 sacks in 2014 while only playing part-time. Like Pierre-Paul, McPhee is another expensive fix for the Falcons defense.
Is Spoon on his way out?
Sean Weatherspoon's latest post on Instagram is interesting.
There hasn't been much news about him lately, but his comment on this picture doesn't sound too optimistic. Thomas Dimitroff said he wanted to re-sign Weatherspoon early in February.
Top performers from Saturday
Niners Nation once again put together a list of the top five performers in each drill from Saturday's Combine workouts. Kevin White and Chris Conley boosted their stock with blazing 40 times. Check out their post for the full rundown.
Thoughts on any/all of the above?