Falcons minicamp to help with draft picks
Three-day camp begins Monday
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.