The Atlanta Falcons are beginning to get invested in draft visits and meetings, and another name has surfaced.
Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence has a second meeting with the team scheduled, after bumping elbows with the Birds at the combine.
Dexter Lawrence had 17 formal meetings with teams at combine, including Falcons. His reps said he has another meeting with Falcons coming— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 14, 2019
He also spoke to his interest in playing with a former Clemson defensive tackle in Falcons standout Grady Jarrett.
Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence told me he definitely could see himself playing next to Grady Jarrett and has talked about it. "I might have to live with him for a few months if it happens," Lawrence said with a laugh. He met with four members of Falcons at combine, not Dan Quinn. pic.twitter.com/j6P6I8FCXh— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 14, 2019
Lawrence was a member of that ferocious Clemson defensive front that has three of its players heading into the NFL draft as top-flight prospects (Clellin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins being the other two, and DE Austin Bryant is expected to go in the mid-rounds).
ESPN’s Todd McShay mocked him to Atlanta in December and described as a run-stuffer and an ailing force for Atlanta’s moribund run defense. The team does need some beef up front, and Lawrence certainly seems like he’d be adept in that arena.
He was one of the Clemson players who got suspended for a failed drug test before the big playoff games in January, so that might knock him a bit through the Falcons filter. It’s not an eliminating factor, though it’ll certainly be one the team considers, as it always does.
Interestingly, though, the team’s not scheduled something with Lawrence’s teammate, Wilkins, just as of yet. That could always change.
Clemson DL Christian Wilkins told me he has not met with the Falcons and has nothing scheduled at this time— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 14, 2019
It’s good to see them doing their homework on defensive tackles, and this could very well be the pick as late April grows closer. We’ve got a good bit of time for the team to decide between a defensive end, defensive tackle, and offensive lineman, as we expect they ultimately will.