QB Feleipe Franks leads Falcons’ list of undrafted players

Feleipe Franks, who the Falcons added as undrafted free agent, was teammates with Atlanta's top pick Kyle Pitts at Florida.

Former Florida and Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks heads up the official list of undrafted players signed by the Falcons on Monday.

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Franks, who’s 6-foot-6 and 228 pounds, transferred to Arkansas as a graduate student in 2019 after losing his starting job with the Gators following an ankle injury.

He started nine games for the Razorbacks and completed 163 of 238 passes for 2,107 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2020.

Franks will join Matt Ryan and A.J. McCarron as the three quarterbacks on the roster.

The Falcons didn’t take any running backs in the draft, but are set to sign Louisville’s Javian Hawkins and Ball State’s Caleb Huntley.

“We talked about running backs throughout the draft, and we went through it,” Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said. “There were times that running backs were in our clumps and we took a player over them. We discussed running backs throughout the draft. “

Hawkins, who’s 5-9 and 182 pounds, rushed for a school-record 1,525 yards in 2019 and was named All-ACC second team.

Ball State's Caleb Huntley (2) runs the ball against North Carolina State Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Raleigh, N.C. (Karl B DeBlaker/AP)
Ball State's Caleb Huntley (2) runs the ball against North Carolina State Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Raleigh, N.C. (Karl B DeBlaker/AP)

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Huntley, who’s 5-9 and 229 pounds, played at Locust Grove High. He rushed 576 times for 2,902 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and 21 touchdowns over his career. He only caught 19 passes for 81 yards.

“Just one thing you’ll realize, from us, the depth chart is never set,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith said. “You don’t all of a sudden, ‘Work’s over, let’s go, Week 1.’ You guys know. You guys have been covering this stuff for a long time. Our mindset, every position, we’re going to look.”

Here’s a look at the Falcons’ unofficial list of undrafted players:

OFFENSE

Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville

Caleb Huntley, RB, Ball State (Locust Grove)

Antonio Nunn, WR, Buffalo

Ryan Neuzil, OG, Appalachian State

John Raine, TE, Northwestern

Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas

Jack Batho IV, OT, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Austin Trammell, WR, Rice

Bryce Hargrove, OL, Pittsburgh

Joe Sculthorpe, OL, N.C. State

Kion Smith, OT, Fayetteville State

Mississippi State defensive end Kobe Jones (52) pressures Abilene Christian quarterback Luke Anthony (3) during the second half  Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Starkville, Miss. Mississippi State won 45-7. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)
Mississippi State defensive end Kobe Jones (52) pressures Abilene Christian quarterback Luke Anthony (3) during the second half Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Starkville, Miss. Mississippi State won 45-7. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

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DEFENSE

Zac Dawe, DT, Brigham Young

Dorian Etheridge, ILB, Louisville

Eli Howard, OLB, Texas Tech

Kobe Jones, DE/LB, Mississippi State

Marcus Murphy, CB, Mississippi

J.R. Pace, CB, Northwestern (Woodward Academy)

Alani Pututau, DE, Adams State

Erroll Thompson, LB, Mississippi State

Dwayne Johnson Jr., S, San Diego State

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