It’s NFL Combine week in Indianapolis, and the attendees have begun initial meetings with teams. Last year, with no Combine taking place due to COVID, these meetings were conducted at Pro Days or via video call; however, things are back to normal, and these 15-minute, face-to-face meetings at the Combine offer teams a chance to assess a prospect’s mental state and readiness.
Teams tend to speak to most of the players they consider draftable, so these meetings that are reported aren’t necessarily significant in determining exactly who each team wishes to select. However, what is important is that the 45 formal interviews teams are allotted won’t cover all 300+ prospects at the Combine, so which candidates each team choses to interview reveals where that team’s sights are aligned.
The Falcons have already met with Malik Willis, Jamaree Salyer, and Dameon Pierce. Additionally, wide receivers Drake London, Jameson Williams, and Chris Olave have each informed members of the media that they’ve met with Atlanta.
— Gabe Burns (@GabeBurnsAJC) March 2, 2022
Alabama WR Jameson Williams says Atlanta Falcons were one of his first meetings in Indianapolis — and he adds that the back-and-forth went well
Williams also recently met with the Dolphins — mentions it would be cool to add to Miami’s collection of Alabama players#NFLCombine
— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) March 2, 2022
Ohio State WR Chris Olave says he’s met with #Patriots, #Bills, #Saints and #Falcons at #NFLCombine. He’s been in touch with Saints WR and former Buckeye Michael Thomas, who gave him advice heading into the week in Indy. pic.twitter.com/WYeLbexjU0
— Dan Parr (@TheDan_Parr) March 2, 2022
With the news that Calvin Ridley is “likely” to be traded, the Falcons will absolutely be in the market for a receiver. London seems to be the consensus WR1 in this class, and several mock drafts have sent him to the Falcons with the 8th pick. However, the prospect of having Williams, Chris Olave, or John Metchie later in the draft seems more attractive to me.