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Former Ohio State TE Nick Vannett really likes the Falcons

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And Vannett thinks the Falcons really liked him, too.

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons have been connected to the three tight ends generally considered to be the best in this draft. They've met with Hunter Henry from Arkansas, Austin Hooper from Stanford, and they've been linked to Nick Vannett out of The Ohio State University.

Vannett is really well-rounded, but he's not necessarily thought of as such based on his college performance. This has little to do with Vannett or his talent, and more to do with the fact that Ohio State uses tight ends primarily as blockers. When his former teammate Jeff Heuerman declared for the draft, Vannett knew he was going to have to learn how to be a better blocker to keep Ohio State's offense functioning the way it needed to.

It probably hurt his draft stock -- Vannett admitted as much in a recent interview with me for SB Nation -- but learning how to block also made him a more well-rounded prospect in the grand scheme.

"I'm kind of happy that I was able to block a lot, because that's something I wasn't really good at, and the more I blocked this year, the better I got, and the better two-way player I became," Vannett said.

Vannett is a solid receiver, also, even though he wasn't necessarily used that way at Ohio State much. He finished his college career with 55 catches for 585 yards and six touchdowns.

He's confident that his receiving abilities, which he showed off during Senior Bowl week, will be a pleasant surprise for the team that's lucky enough to draft him.

"I very rarely drop the ball ever," Vannett said. "I run pretty good routes, and I'm really good at using my body to shoot off defenders to make a play and to create separation in man coverage."

So could the Falcons be lucky enough to grab Vannett in the draft? I asked him if any particular team had shown a lot of interest in him, and in the spirit of full disclosure, I told Vannett that I cover the Falcons and that I'd be delighted to have a Buckeye on this team.

"I was going to say -- that was probably the first team I was going to say," Vannett said.

Vannett said he met with the Falcons, both Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn, at the Combine, and they have maintained contact since then.

"They seem to have a great interest in me, and I don't know. We'll see what happens," Vannett said. "We've had some good talks over the last couple of days, so you never know. It all depends on what falls into place when they pick and who's left on the board. I'd say they're one of the main teams."

The Falcons aren't the only team showing interest in Vannett, needless to say.

"The Chargers, the Rams, Bears, Panthers, the Cardinals --€” I mean, really, any team that needs a tight end, I've had a lot of good talks with," Vannett said. "I'm visiting the Jets Sunday, so they're another team as well. So it'll be interesting to see what happens on draft day."

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