FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that Missouri linebacker Shane Ray, who was cited for marijuana possession and will be enrolled in the NFL’s substance abuse program, remains a top prospect on the team’s draft board.
Quinn was making an appearance on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel with Adam Schein when he made the revelation.
Adam Schein: “Do you feel like you and Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli and Arthur Blank have a feel on his character or had a feel on who he is as a person even before the news this week?”
Dan Quinn: “I think we did, Adam, and that was why it was important for us to, when you get a chance to connect with a player, not just at the combine, but oftentimes when you get a chance to go to their school or go to their hometown and visit with them, that’s (why) those visits are so important. So, fortunately for Thomas and I, we were able to go to a number of guys’, whether it was hometowns or schools, to visit with the guys, and it is such a valuable time as you could imagine. But we felt great about meeting Shane and the guys we did.”
Schein: “Is he still a guy that is on your draft board for the upcoming Draft?”
Quinn: “Yeah, absolutely. As we’re going through the process we felt good about him. I think he had a setback. It was hard, and hopefully one that, like I said, he learns from and can move on from.”
FALCONS DRAFT BOARD
5 questions with Boise State running back Jay Ajayi
5 questions with Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers
5 questions with Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams
ATLANTA FALCONS 2015 DRAFT PICKS
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
POSITION-BY-POSITION FOR 2015 NFL DRAFT
Wednesday: Top 5 Inside Linebackers
Thursday: Top 5 defensive tackles
Friday: Top 5 defensive backs
Saturday: Top 5 special teamers
Monday: Top 5 Offensive line
Tuesday: Top 5 Wide receivers
Wednesday, April 22: Top 5 Running backs
Thursday, April 23: Top 5 Quarterbacks
Friday, April 24: Top 5 Tight ends
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