Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff knew that he'd have to restructure the scouting department after his first lieutenant Les Snead landed the general manager's job in St. Louis.
Last week, after two high ranking scouts left to join Snead, Dimitroff put the finishing touches on the reorganization by adding former Colts executive Chris Polian as a special area scout (West and special assignments) and by promoting three other members in the personnel department.
Pro scout Ran Carthon and southeast scout Taylor Morton both left to join the Rams. Carthon will head up the Ram's pro personnel department and Morton is the Rams' new director of college scouting.
"We are very happy for the opportunities that Ran Carthon and Taylor Morton have with the Rams organization," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "Unfortunately, we are going to lose two good and up-and-coming personnel men in the league."
The team had already announced the promotions of David Caldwell to Snead's old spot of director of player personnel and DeJuan Polk to director of pro scouting.
In the recent round of promotions, Lionel Vital was promoted to associate director of player personnel, and will be the point man on pro players.
Eastern and western national scouts Marvin Allen and Mark Olson remain in place.
On the next level of the team's scouting hierarchy, the Falcons recently promoted Bob Kronenberg and Anthony Robinson.
Kroneberg, an area scout with a specialty in defensive and offensive line players, will move into Carthon's old position as a pro scout. Robinson, who was a scouting assistant, will become the midwest scout and Steve Sabo will shift from the midwest to the southeast.
Mike Ross, who was a scouting assistant, will take over the northeast as an area scout. Robinson Payne, an area scout, is leaving the organization to pursue other career opportunities.
Sabo will be the main southeast scout with some overlapping help from Robinson since the region is so important to any team's scouting efforts.
Also, Mike Potts, who was a scouting intern, was promoted to scouting assistant.
"We feel like we've done a nice job of having people in place to step up and assume the positions that were vacated," Dimitroff said.
The team was happy that it could basically promote from within and bring in Polian. Dimitroff believes the internal promotions help with morale.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith, who also helps with the scouting department, was pleased with how things operated in 2012. Even though the team didn't have a first- or fourth-round pick because of the Julio Jones trade, he raved about the rookie class after their three-day minicamp was completed.
"I really thought our draft picks looked very good," Smith said. "The entire draft class. Travian (Robertson), the big defensive tackle. (Safety Charles) Mitchell on defense and (defensive end Jonathan) Massaquoi, those guys, I think showed a lot of what we saw on film and it carried over. Then offensively, unfortunately, Lamar (Holmes) was not able to participate (toe injury), but (fullback) Bradie (Ewing) did a nice job of getting indoctrinated. Peter (Konz), I think we saw that he can play both positions and that's something that we wanted to make sure that we got cleared up at this camp."
--Offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, the Falcons' third-round draft pick, signed a four-year contract worth 2.63 million.
The Falcons have signed five of their six draft picks. Defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi remains unsigned.
The Falcons signed four of their draft picks, including top pick Peter Konz, who was selected in the second round, on Sunday. Konz signed a four-year deal worth 3.58 million with a 1.05 million signing bonus. Terms of the other deals were not disclosed.
In addition to Konz, the team signed fullback Bradie Ewing (fifth-round pick), safety Charles Mitchell (sixth) and defensive tackle Travian Robertson (seventh).
The team is close to signing Massaquoi, the fifth-round pick from Troy.
--Falcons wide receiver Roddy White dropped 41 spots on "NFL Network's The Top 100: Players of 2012" show on Wednesday.
After leading the league with 115 catches after the 2011 season, he was ranked 24th. He caught 100 passes for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but also led the league in drops with 15.
White, the controversial Twitter master and Pro Bowl receiver, was fine with being on the list, but believes he was ranked too low.
"I don't have an argument; I'm just happy to be on this list," White said. "But not where I'm at. I'm not happy with where I'm at on the list; I'm happy to be on the list."
White cited his dropped passes, most of which came early in the season, for his drop in the rankings.
"Probably the dropped passes; I led the league in drops, which is unacceptable," White said. "I have to go out there and I have to play better, I have to hold onto the ball. But other than that, I feel like I performed well, I felt like I did pretty well this season.
"I felt that I should have been at least in the top five (wide receivers); right now I'm fighting to be in the top 10. I'm kind of confused right now."
White believes that adding Julio Jones last season has helped him tremendously. Jones finished with 54 catches for 959 yards and eight touchdowns while basically playing in 11 games. He missed two games and major parts of three others.
"He's done wonders for me," White said. "I get a lot more one-on-one coverages and things like that. And I'm mad that Julio isn't on the list! Unless he's ahead of me, but I'm saying that would be ridiculous (laughing). I'm not saying that in that form or fashion because he's going to be a great player for years to come and he's very explosive."
--Former Toledo receiver Kenny Stafford, Georgia tight end Aron White and fullback Lee Meisner were signed to free-agent contracts after receiving rookie minicamp tryouts.
Stafford is the nephew of NFL great Cris Carter and former NBA player and head coach Butch Carter.
In 2010, two players who received tryouts were signed to the roster in quarterback Eric Ward and cornerback Daylan Walker. Ward was cut a month later, but Walker made it to training camp before being released.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Dominique (Davis) did a nice job. He improved. Probably of all of the positions that probably had it the toughest, was the quarterback, not just because he was the only quarterback here, but there is a lot on his plate in terms of we exposed him to a lot of things. Check with me, some of the things about changing calls at the line of scrimmage. I thought he did a nice job." -- Falcons coach Mike Smith on quarterback Dominique Davis, who was signed as a free agent from East Carolina.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
Defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi, a fifth-round draft pick from Troy, has dropped 16 pounds and hopes to regain the quickness that helped him lead the Sun Belt Conference with 13.5 sacks two seasons ago. The Falcons are hoping that he can land a spot in the defensive end rotation and keep pressure on quarterbacks when John Abraham has to take a break.
He played last year at 275 pounds, but was down to 259 for the rookie minicamp.
"He looks a lot leaner than he did during the season," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "He has very good speed around the corner."