Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn has made no secret about visiting various schools around the nation to conduct workouts.
Monday, Quinn tweeted a picture from Michigan State.
Spartans rolling strong today!! pic.twitter.com/xe4aXzjbtr— Dan Quinn (@FalconsDQ) April 11, 2016
According to a school source, the players who met with the Falcons for workouts and meetings were offensive linemen Jack Conklin and Jack Allen, defensive end Lawrence Thomas, and defensive lineman Joel Heath.
Conklin (6-6, 308) is a projected first-round draft pick who was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Spartans. The tackle position doesn't appear to be a top priority for the Falcons, with starting left tackle Jake Matthews back and starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder recently signing his one-year restricted free-agent tender.
Allen (6-foot-1, 294) is projected to go in the middle rounds of the draft as a center/guard prospect. Of course, the Falcons are set at center with the addition of three-time Pro Bowler Alex Mack. However, they remain unsettled at right guard. Allen was a four-year starter for the Spartans who is capable of playing any spot on the line. He had 42 career starts at center and five at left guard.
Thomas (6-foot-3, 286) came to Michigan State as a linebacker but evolved into a defensive lineman. He played nose tackle in 2014 then played 13 games at defensive end last season. Thomas even started three games at fullback as a redshirt freshman, which speaks to his athleticism and versatility.
And Heath (6-5, 293) was a backup defensive end who transitioned to defensive tackle for his final two seasons with the Spartans.
We'll see if the Falcons target any of these players in the draft. You would think there is legitimate interest in at least one of them or else Quinn and crew wouldn't go through the process of flying around.
Getting a closer look at Conklin, Allen, Thomas and Heath is consistent with Quinn's plan to address the lines first and foremost.