One word comes to mind when I sum up this years’ draft: pivotal. Now, I know it may seem as if I am wishfully thinking, but I truly believe that this draft class could propel the falcons into elite status.
Let’s take a look at the selections:
|(2)||60||CB||Robert Alford||S.E. Louisiana|
|(7)||243||S||Kemal Ishmael||Central Florida|
|(7)||244||S||Zeke Motta||Notre Dame|
I have talked about the Falcons’ glaring need at the cornerback position for the past two months. The team must have agreed, trading up to the 22nd pick in the first round to secure CB Desmond Trufant out of Washington. Trufant is, in my opinion, the most complete corner in the rookie class and has the skills and ability to step in and start day one.
In the second round, the Falcons added another corner to help bolster the secondary. This time opting to go with small-school stud Robert Alford out of South Eastern Louisiana. Alford brings to the table blazing speed with the ability to add value in the return game. When Asante Samuel decides to hand up the cleats, I think Robert Alford will be able to come in and start beside Desmond Trufant. The future sure is bright in the defensive backfield.
In rounds four and five, the Falcons struck gold. With their first pick in the fourth round they landed Clemson DE Malliciah Goodman. Goodman provides a huge presence on the defensive line and possesses great instincts against the run. He could split time with Kroy Beirman right away. With the second pick in the fourth round the Falcons decided to snag the towering tight end out of Stanford, Levine Toilolo. Standing it 6′ 8”, the team hopes that he will be able to transition into the starting role when Gonzalez calls it quits. Look for Toilolo to provide instant production in the redzone and as a blocker.
In rounds five through seven, with the Falcons owning three seventh round picks, the team addressed the defensive side of the ball. One pick that really stood out to me was saftey Zeke Motta out of Notre Dame. Being a Notre Dame fan, I saw a lot of Motta over the past few years and the kid can flat out play. He may not be much of a measurable guy but he can lay the lumber and has a very high motor. I think he can contribute instantly on special teams.
With the guys the Falcons brought in, I think we see at least four of them making instant contributions. Look for Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford to become household-names in Atlanta, making plays from the day they get to camp in Flowery Branch.