Former Auburn cornerback Jonathon Mincy was realistic from the start: He wasn't overly concerned about being drafted.
"I just want an opportunity," Mincy said. "Getting an opportunity will be all the motivation I need. Once I get my foot in the door, there's no looking back."
He'll get that opportunity as one of 22 tryout players invited to the Falcons' rookie minicamp starting Friday.
This won't be the first time Mincy has been at the Falcons facility. A graduate of Southwest DeKalb High School in DeKalb County, Georgia, his last visit was during the team's local workout before the draft.
"I had been to Flowery Branch for a couple of camps growing up when I was really, really little," Mincy said. "Just being from Atlanta, that's always the home team. I've always been a Falcons fan since way back to Jamal Anderson and The Dirty Bird. It was real big for me just to have an opportunity to go out there and just to showcase my talents and mentally get on the board and do the different types of tests that they had me doing."
One of Mincy's biggest tests was making the transition from cornerback to safety, a move encouraged by assistant head coach/defensive passing game coordinator Raheem Morris.
"They had me working out at free safety and that was a position I had never played," Mincy said. "I feel I'm versatile enough to play any positions they want me to play at defensive back. I can pick up on any system real quickly. When we got into meetings, I was the first one they called on to go up to the board and draw formations. It was kind of fun for me.
"Right after the meeting, [Morris] was like, 'I know you can play corner, but I want to see you at safety today.' So mentally, I was getting myself ready thinking, 'Boy, I'd never played safety before, but I know I've got the footwork to do it.' I went out there in warmups and met the head coach, Dan Quinn. I met the GM [Thomas Dimitroff]. It was just exciting."
The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Mincy understands that he has to make his mark anywhere possible during rookie minicamp, even if that means showing something to special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.
"I played special teams at Auburn since my redshirt freshman year," Mincy said. "I feel like I'm very experienced when it comes to the gunner, guarding the gunner. I was a safety on kickoffs. I'm familiar with a lot of the different alignments. Anything that I need to do, I'm going to go out there and do."
Maybe Mincy will catch the eye of Quinn, a guy he gained immediate respect for during the local workout.
"He seems like a straight-forward coach," Mincy said. "If I get the opportunity to play for him, it would be a blessing."