Said general manager Thomas Dimitroff, "We talked about coming in here and getting some wide loads. Quite honestly, Lamar is a double-wide load. He's a big man who has a presence as far as his stature."
--The Falcons heavily scouted the tackle position and took Lamar Holmes over some players from bigger schools.
"He has long arms, he's a 35-inch plus arm guy," Dimitroff said. "He has the versatility to be both a left and right (tackle) which was important for us as well as his toughness. He's an ornery guy."
--Holmes visited five NFL teams and he is the third player from Gaston County to be chosen in the NFL draft and first from Gastonia Hunter Huss High.
Holmes, a 2008 Huss graduate who played at Itawamba, Miss., Community College and Southern Mississippi, worked out for the Falcons and also visited the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.
Holmes join Gastonia's Sean Boyd and Belmont's Koren Robinson as NFL draft picks from Gaston County. Boyd, a 1991 Ashbrook High graduate, was a fifth-round selection of the Minnesota Vikings in 1996 out of North Carolina and Robinson (South Point 1998) was a first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2001 out of North Carolina State.
--Holmes was the seventh player drafted by the Falcons from Southern Mississippi. He was selected in the third round this year.
The other picks were: 2005 Michael Boley, LB (5th round); 2004 Etric Pruitt, S, (6); 1992 Tony Smith, RB, (1); 1991 Brett Favre, QB, (2); 1984 Glenn Howe, T, (9) and 1974 Doyle Orange, RB, (6).
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I went to junior college when I was a freshman with my head down, just basically saying, 'I've got to go in there and take somebody's spot. I've got to earn a job. I've got to be on the field. I'm not here to make friends.' I think that type of mentality, it carried me to where I am now. I went to Southern Miss with just the same mentality and I've just got to keep doing it." -- Lamar Holmes, Falcons third-rounder on the mentality needed to earn a starting position.
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