Fal­cons mini­camp to help with draft picks

Three-day camp be­gins Mon­day

The Covington News - - Sports - By Charles Odum

AT­LANTA — A three­day mini­camp next week will pro­vide new At­lanta Fal­cons coach Mike Smith and gen­eral man­ager Thomas Dim­itroff a pre-draft look at their vet­eran play­ers in prac­tice sit­u­a­tions.

The mini­camp be­gins Mon­day and may help Dim­itroff and his staff make fi­nal de­ci­sions about the team’s most press­ing needs in the April 2627 NFL draft.

The Fal­cons have filled some needs through free agency, sign­ing run­ning back Michael Turner, kicker Ja­son Elam, tight end Ben Hart­sock and de­fen­sive backs Erik Cole­man and Von Hutchins.

This will be the first chance for Smith and Dim­itroff to look at vet­eran quar­ter­backs Chris

Red­man, Joey Har­ring­ton and D.J. Shock­ley in live foot­ball sit­u­a­tions on the prac­tice fields.

The Fal­cons have the No. 3 over­all pick, four picks in the first two rounds and 10 se­lec­tions over­all.

Smith said he likes what he has seen of his vet­eran play­ers in off­sea­son con­di­tion­ing drills, but he said he’s look­ing for­ward to the three days on the prac­tice fields.

The Fal­cons have al­ready cut run­ning back War­rick Dunn, tight end Alge Crum­pler and de­fen­sive tackle Rod Cole­man and traded cor­ner­back DeAn­gelo Hall.

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