Atlanta Falcons 2013 NFL Draft Review

Desmond Trufant

Desmond Trufant was a targeted player that the Falcons moved up to draft. The confident and competitive corner is an outstanding athlete with good short area quickness and football instincts. He will line up on the right side opposite Asante Samuel. With the loss of Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, the former Husky has big shoes to fill. He will be getting reps at both outside and inside versus slot receivers. He has missed OTAs due to his June 15th graduation day. Robert Alford will back up Samuel and get work as a sub package corner. He is talented and fast with good foot quickness and has the same competitiveness and confidence traits as Trufant. Alford makes up for his lack of height with good leaping ability. He possesses good ball skills and will contribute on both return and coverage special teams. Malliciah Goodman was drafted for his potential and his unique measurables which include 36 3/ 8” arms and 11” hands. He is a height, weight, and speed phenom who underachieved during his college career. A good athlete, he projects to a run stuffing end while he is learning to rush the passer. He has eight career forced fumbles. Levine Toilolo holds the distinction of being the tallest tight end in the NFL at 6080, giving Matt Ryan a big red zone target. Toilolo caught 50 passes in his career with 10 of them going for touchdowns. A wall off position type blocker, he will need to improve his hands as a blocker and a receiver. A developmental size prospect, Toilolo has also missed time during OTAs due to graduation. Stansly Maponga was born in Zimbabwe and grew up playing rugby. One facet of his game that caught the eyes of the Falcons was his ability to force fumbles. He had eight in his career. A raw talent, he is still learning the game. He possesses an explosive first step get off. A developmental raw talent, he has inconsistent skills. Kemal Ishmael completed his 4- year college career with 368 total tackles, but was still on the board in the seventh round due to his fringe 40-time of 4.63. He will compete with last year’s sixth round choice, Charles Mitchell, for work in safety sub packages. Zeke Motta led the Irish in tackles and plays faster than his 4.78 verified 40-time. He has good instincts with the strength to carry a tight end down the field. Motta will compete with Shann Schillinger to back up William Moore at strong safety. Sean Renfree will compete with Dominique Davis for the backup spot behind Matt Ryan. While at Duke running a pro style offense he concluded his career with a 64.7 completion percentage. Intelligent and disciplined with the ball, he is a natural leader with the physical ability to make an NFL roster. GRADE: AVERAGE.

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