April 26, 2003
(Flowery Branch-AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons were excited to see most N-F-L draft experts rate Penn State's Bryan Scott as a middle-round cornerback. Ron Hill, the Falcons' vice president of football operations, had his fingers crossed as Atlanta prepared to make its first pick today, a second-round spot that was Number 55 overall.
He was pleased to hear little disagreement in the Falcons' draft room. Hill said, "There wasn't a whole lot of back-and-forth. We knew we wanted this guy. He was what we had targeted going into this draft in the second round. We're excited about having him."
Atlanta traded its first-round pick, Number 23 overall, to Buffalo on March seventh for receiver Peerless Price, whom they signed to a six-year contract that included a ten (m) million dollar bonus. Scott, a fourth-year senior, took visits to Dallas, Kansas City and Pittsburgh.
Though the Falcons hadn't met with Scott since the Senior Bowl, they loved his size (6-foot-1, 219 pounds) and his sub-four-point-four-second time in the 40-yard dash.