2013 NFL Draft Recap: Atlanta Falcons
Round 1,Pick 22(22)(From WAS via STL): Desmond Trufant/CB/Washington. Star Impact: ✪✪✪½
Physical, mirror man cover corner who the Falcons wisely traded up for in order to fill a need. Must work on being more patient before opening up hips in coverage. Displayed high level of competitiveness at the Senior Bowl constantly cutting the line during drills to matchup against top receivers and thrived. Third Trufant brother to play in NFL. Major upgrade, will start.
Round 2, Pick 28 (60): Robert Alford/CB/Southeastern Louisiana. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Stout upper body enhances physicality. Great athlete who displayed ability to man up and the speed to play zone. Was utilized effectively in the slot as a blitzer. Weapon in return game, which he demonstrated on the first play of the Senior Bowl. Tends to jump the gun on occasion. Missed sophomore season due to shoulder injury. Projects as effective nickelback with potential to take over as starter in two years when Asante Samuel hits the market at 34.
Round 4, Pick 30 (127): Malliciah Goodman/DE/Clemson. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Strong, thick-bodied pass-rusher, flashing good hand repertoire and bull-rush tenacity. Longest arms of any defensive player in the draft. Has played through injuries and recognized as the hardest worker on his team. Slow off the ball snap, sometimes causing him to get knocked out of place and overleveraged. Creates competition at a position of need for Atlanta. Rotation guy.
Round 4, Pick 36 (133) (Compensatory): Levine Toilolo/TE/Stanford. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Possesses tremendous athleticism and agility at 6’8. Huge red zone target, makes plays downfield—averaged over 16 yards per catch this past season and 67% of catches went for first downs. Height allows him to get jammed upright at times. Some scouts believe he’s a better talent than Zach Ertz and would have gone much higher if not for the medical red flag on knee.
Round 5, Pick 20 (153) (From Bears): Stansly Maponga/DE/TCU. Star Impact: ✪✪
Undersized but strength is greatest attribute. Long arms and spin move allow him to create separation. Needs to bulk up to play defensive end in NFL. Has shown flashes but consistency is biggest concern. Early entry who could have benefited from another year of school.
Round 7,Pick 37(243)(Compensatory): Kemal Ishmael/DB/Central Florida. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Nose for the ball, holds school record for career tackles (368). Overachiever who plays full throttle, all out on every play. Extremely durable, started 49 consecutive games. Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. Should make roster and provide good depth at safety.
Round 7, Pick 38 (244) (Compensatory): Zeke Motta/SS/Notre Dame. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Plays a deeper safety than most and thrives off read and react instincts. Not fast, limited agility but where he lacks athleticism he makes up for in the hustle department. Will earn his paycheck on special teams and has long-term upside to develop into an eventual starter.
Round 7, Pick 43 (249) (Compensatory): Sean Renfree/QB/Duke. Star Impact: ✪✪
Smart, strong-armed signal caller who has received extensive mentorship from Kentucky head coach David Cutcliffe and Peyton Manning. Suffered an injury to throwing shoulder in final game of collegiate career. If healthy, should develop into dependable backup.
UDFA Watch (O): Terren Jones/OT/Alabama State. Developmental prospect, mammoth size.
UDFA Watch (D): Paul Worrilow/LB/Delaware. Workout warrior, impressive measureables.