Actually, per Scout.com's Ed Thompson, we have new news on the Rey Maualuga visit scheduled for April 4 -- it's now going to be a private workout. As we previously reported, Atlanta's interest in Maualuga could mean a great many things -- an interest in interchangeable linebacker roles, a certain dissatisfaction in staying the course with Curtis Lofton and the replacements, and a total commitment to defensive improvement. If the Falcons wanted to pick Maualuga, they'd almost certainly have to trade up from their current spot at 24.
The Falcons are also interested in at least two safeties -- Western Michigan free safety Louis Delmas will have a private workout with the team on April 10, and we got that info from an exclusive interview with Falcon Insider publisher Doug Farrar. Delmas is someone who's grabbing a lot of NFL interest as a second-round pick -- he's got the best coverage ability of any safety in this draft class.
In addition, Oregon strong safety Patrick Chung has landed on Atlanta's radar. We don't have a specific date for Chung's visit just yet, but we will later this week, when we talk to him for an exclusive feature. Chung has the experience (51 consecutive starts) and positional versatility to make an immediate impact in Atlanta's defense.
Recently, we talked to Georgia cornerback Asher Allen, who's waiting to get the date for his own visit to Flowery Branch -- according to Allen, initial discussions about that visit have already happened. Since he lived just up the road from the Georgia Dome, the commute shouldn't be an issue. Stay tuned for another exclusive with Allen later this week.
More news from Thompson -- San Jose St defensive back Chris Owens is scheduled for a visit on April 5 (as reported by Brian McIntyre, Falcon Insider's Intrepid News Guy), Troy cornerback Sherrod Martin had a visit with the Falcons earlier this month, and offensive line coach Paul Boudreau spent time talking with Oregon State lineman Andy Levitre at Levitre's Pro Day on March 13.
We'll have much, much more news, features, and exclusive interviews over the next month as the Falcons get ready for the 2009 NFL Draft. Stay tuned every day…