Falcons’ Arthur Blank pleased with recent NFL draft haul

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank talks about the NFL’s diversity efforts.

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank, a member of the NFL’s diversity committee, felt the head coach and front office acceleration program was a success.

“It was a productive day,” Blank said at the conclusion of the spring league meetings at a hotel in Buckhead on Tuesday. “I shared my comments about the acceleration program, which was excellent. I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction. It’s a tangible step.”

The Falcons have started OTAs and have their mandatory minicamp set for June 12-14.

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Blank was pleased with the team’s recent draft.

“As an owner, you always feel good about the draft,” Blank said. “I would say, quite honestly this year, as a fan and as somebody who follows the business of the NFL closely, particularly the Atlanta Falcons, I think that (general manager) Terry (Fontenot), his staff and coach (Arthur) Smith and his staff, I think just did a great job.”

The Falcons’ exhibition schedule is set, with rookies set to report for training camp July 19. The veterans will report later.

“I’m looking forward to training camp,” Blank said. “I’m looking forward to the season, pretty anxiously. In a positive anxious way.”

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