Falcons’ draft board: 5 questions with Denzel Perryman

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FLOWERY BRANCH – With the draft just two weeks away, each morning we'll take a look at a player that's on the Falcons' draft board and has interviewed or worked out for the team.

The NFL draft is set for April 30 to May 2 in Chicago.

We’ll kick this off with Miami’s Denzel Perryman, a run-stuffing inside linebacker, who may be available when the Falcons select in the second round.

Here’s what Perryman had to say:

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Denzel Perryman (Associated Press)

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter

Denzel Perryman (Associated Press)

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter

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Denzel Perryman (Associated Press)

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter

Q: What have personnel guys have told you?

A: "They like how I go downhill, they like how I take on blocks. Some scouts like to see my man-to-man coverage, my technique on that i just need to brush that up. As far as my pass coverage, some of them were impressed at the Senior Bowl."

Q: Why are you the best inside linebacker in this draft?

A: "I'm smart, I'm physical, I'm a downhill, hard-nosed dog."

Q: What have the teams been asking you in interviews?

A: "They asked about my family background. About my daughter. That's about it."

Q: Has the pre-draft process been tougher than you expected?

A: "Being at the Senior Bowl I got a taste for what this was going to be like. Senior Bowl is pretty much the same thing. We had our tests, exams to do. After that you're pretty much in the lobby people want to talk to you 15 minutes, 30 minutes, setting up meetings with you next day, next morning, late night."

Q: A lot of Miami players are being scouted. Why did the Hurricanes struggle so much last year?

A: "I don't know from an offensive. But from a defensive standpoint, man, the way our defense was setup if one guy is not where he's supposed to be it's a disaster. We had a lot of that going on, a lot of freelancing."


First round: 8th overall selection

Second round: 42nd overall selection

Third round: 73rd overall selection

Fourth round: 107th overall selection

Fifth round: 146th overall selection

Sixth round: 185th overall selection

Seventh round: 225th overall selection

Seventh round: 249th overall selection*

*Pick is from New England through St. Louis

Here’s a list of the prospects that have been linked to the Falcons since the Senior Bowl in January.


Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware

Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami

Jordan Hicks, OLB, Texas

Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson

Devin Mahina, TE, Brigham Young

Denzel Perryman, OLB/ILB, Miami

JaCorey Shepherd, CB, Kansas


Sam Carter, S, TCU

Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee

B.J. Finney, C, Kansas State

Devin Gardner, QB/WR, Michigan

Chucky Hunter, DT, TCU

Zach Zenner, FB/RB, South Dakota State

Addison Richards, WR, Regina

Aaron Ripkowski, FB, Oklahoma


Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State

Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson

Bud Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky

Toddy Gurley, RB, Georgia

Corey Grant, RB, Auburn

Nick Marshall, FS/QB/CB, Auburn (Also worked out for team)

Austin Shepherd, OT, Alabama


Arik Armstead, DT/DE, Oregon

Landon Collins, S, Alabama

Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida

Blake Sims, QB, Alabama


Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson

Chris Bonner, QB, Colorado State-Pueblo (scheduled)

Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma

Paul Dawson, OLB/ILB, TCU

Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami

Chaz Green, OT, Florida

Vince Mayle, FB/WR, Washington State

Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford

Shane Ray, OLB/DE, Missouri

Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington (scheduled)

Clive Walford, TE, Miami

Tray Walker, CB, Texas Southern

Terrell Watson, RB, Azusa Pacific

Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn


James Vaughters, DE/OLB, Stanford

Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina

Tory Slater, DT/DE, West Georgia

Norman Hayes, CB, Harvard

Rory “Busta” Anderson, TE, South Carolina

John Mincy, CB, Auburn

Mike Thornton, DT, Georgia

Amarlo Herrera, ILB, Georgia

Gary Peters, CB, Clemson

DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech


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Oregon DE Arik Armstead talked scheme with the Falcons

Falcons met with Alabama quarterback Blake Sims

Falcons to meet with Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr.

Falcons met with Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson

Falcons met with Alabama safety Landon Collins


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