2011 NFL Draftees The Atlanta Falcons Have Met, Sorted By Position And Projection

Via the dedicated and orderly swoosh of Football's Future fame, we have a complete list of 2011 NFL Draft players with whom the Atlanta Falcons have met, according to published reports, at least. It's likely the team worked out or interviewed quite a few players who aren't listed here, but this is a very good picture of what the front office is looking for. I've seen nearly all of these reported by one outlet or another, and am prepared to trust swoosh's list for the rest.

More thoughts on the list tomorrow, but it's clear the team is thinking pass rushers and offensive tackles early, and wide receivers, running backs and defensive backs in subsequent rounds.

After the jump, the list of players at each position, sorted by general draft status projections.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28th, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it all out at SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

  • DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson  FIRST
  • DE Aldon Smith, Missouri  FIRST
  • DE Cameron Jordan, California  FIRST
  • DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue  FIRST
  • DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa FIRST
  • DE Brooks Reed, Arizona  EARLY
  • DE Allen Bailey, Miami FL  EARLY
  • DE Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh  EARLY
  • DE Sam Acho, Texas EARLY
  • DT Jurrell Casey, Southern California MID
  • DT Sione Fua, Stanford MID
  • DE Tom McCarthy, Yale 
  • DT Frank Kearse, Alabama A&M 
  • DT Nate Frazier, North Alabama 

Linebackers

  • OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA FIRST
  • OLB Justin Houston, Georgia FIRST
  • ILB Akeem Dent, Georgia EARLY
  • OLB Mason Foster, Washington EARLY
  • ILB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina MID
  • OLB Colin McCarthy, Miami FL EARLY
  • ILB Casey Matthews, Oregon MID
  • ILB Doug Hogue, Syracuse MID
  • Mike Mohamed, California 
  • Jacquian Williams, South Florida 

Defensive backs

Specialists

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