INDIANAPOLIS -- The pass-rushers took the podium at the combine on Friday, with Florida's Dante Fowler Jr. expressing his affection for his former college defensive coordinator, current Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn.
Here are few other things we learned about the Falcons on Day 2.
The Falcons have their eyes on a talented veteran inside linebacker: The Falcons are expected to pursue linebacker David Harris from the New York Jets if he hits the free-agent market. The 31-year-old Harris has started every game for six straight seasons with 884 career tackles and 30 career sacks. Quinn was the Jets' defensive line coach during Harris' first two seasons in New York. Harris will get plenty of attention on the market, especially from the Chicago Bears. The Falcons also are expected to look into Mason Foster from Tampa Bay, who was drafted by Falcons assistant head coach Raheem Morris when Morris was the Buccaneers' head coach.
There should be more clarity on Dwight Lowery's situation by Sunday: The free safety, who played well for the Falcons this past season but is bound for free agency, is leaving all negotiations up to his agent, Frank Bauer. Bauer is scheduled to meet with the Falcons on Sunday. Quinn mentioned how he likes Lowery's versatility, plus Quinn was with the Jets when Lowery played there. Quinn likes tall safeties with speed, which is why he spoke highly of Dez Southward, but Lowery plays smart and gives the team another veteran presence, so he's worth keeping.
There's a certain aspect about Quinn that Pete Carroll will miss: Carroll, the Seahawks' head coach, obviously hated to see his defensive coordinator leave, but Carroll obviously is happy to see Quinn move on to become a head coach. I asked Carroll what he'll miss most about Quinn. "I'm going to miss his consistency," Carroll said. "He was a tremendously consistent person and coach. He's just awesome."
The Falcons have every intent to bring back linebacker Nathan Stupar: It's not a huge surprise, but the Falcons will extend the exclusive rights' tender to Stupar before the start of the new league year. Stupar, who was picked up on waivers last season, was the team's second-leading tackler on special teams with seven, right behind Eric Weems (11). He plays hard on the field and is a likeable guy in the locker room.