Quinn was fired up to scout the pass-rushers today

INDIANAPOLIS – Falcons coach Dan Quinn was fired up about watching the big defenders go through their workouts at the scouting combine on Sunday.

“Jacked to watch these front seven guys get after it today! #Fast &Physical,” Quinn tweeted on his way to Lucas Oil Stadium.

He was not disappointed as several of the big defenders turned in spectacular results. Quinn, who has final say over the roster, is looking to add some help for the defense in the draft.

The Falcons hold the eighth overall pick in the draft, which is set for April 30-May 2 in Chicago.

Florida defensive end Dante Fowler, who Quinn coached at Florida in 2012, ran the 40-yard sash in 4.6 seconds, with a blazing 10-yard split of 1.59 seconds.

Dante Fowler in action against South Carolina.

Quinn studies the first steps of a player to determine if he has a quick take off.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock compared Fowler to former Georgia standout Justin Houston and Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack.

Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. He’ll be intriguing to 3-4 teams as an outside linebacker.

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, who’s training in Duluth, weighed just 235 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds.

Missouri’s Shane Ray, the SEC’s defensive player of the year, didn’t workout because of a toe injury.

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