Quinn: Shane Ray is ‘absolutely’ still on the Falcons' draft board

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.”

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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

5 questions with Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell

Kentucky's Bud Dupree vs. Nebraska's Randy Gregory

5 questions with Nebraska's Randy Gregory

5 questions with Kentucky's Bud Dupree

5 questions with Missouri's Shane Ray

5 questions with Clemson's Vic Beasley

5 questions with Alabama safety Landon Collins

5 questions with Alabama quarterback Blake Sims

5 questions with Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.

5 questions with Oregoan DL Arik Armstead

5 questions with Miami inside linebacker Denzel Perryman

Falcons go to check out several Miami Hurricanes

Some of the attendees to the Falcons locals day

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

Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman ,

Thursday: Top 5 defensive tackles

(Leonard Williams' Rugby skill will become handy in the NFL)

Friday: Top 5 defensive backs

Alabama's Landon Collins is the top safety prospect

Saturday: Top 5 special teamers

Dorsett, Alford could be top returners

Sunday: Top 5 edge rushers (defensive ends/outside linebackers).

Big Chuck Smith breaks down the top pass-rush prospects

Monday: Top 5 Offensive line

Georgia Tech's Shaquille Mason trying to convert to center for NFL 

Tuesday: Top 5 Wide receivers

Georgia's Chris Conley now projects as a fourth-rounder

Wednesday, April 22: Top 5 Running backs

With clean bill of health, Gurley top running back in the draft

Thursday, April 23: Top 5 Quarterbacks

NFL must handle Winston, Mariota with care. Both need seasoning

Friday, April 24: Top 5 Tight ends

South Carolina's Rory "Buster" Anderson hopes to get his NFL shot

ICYMI: Here's a link to last year's Position-by-Position series.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter
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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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