Best Case Scenario: Falcons’ Safety Shann Schillinger

Is Schillinger capable of living up to these rookie seasons? Pictured clockwise: Chris Harris, Al Afalava, Marquand Manuel, CC Brown, Antoine Bethea.


All photos courtesy of YardBarker.com except: Manuel photo source: Ballen-Photos.com and Schillinger photo source: NFLNext.blogspot.com

What can we expect from 6th round draft pick Shann Schillinger during his rookie campaign? It’s a crowded secondary in Atlanta and there’s no guarantee Schillinger will even make the roster, but I wanted to focus on his best case scenario.

Taking a look back at the last 10 years of drafts, I focused on Safety’s drafted in the 6th round to give us an idea of what Schillinger’s best case scenario looks like. What have players, who play his position and were drafted in the same round, done in the last 10 years?

Hit the jump for the comparison.

Top 5 rookie campaigns for 6th round Safety’s since 2000.

(How’s that for a list!)

Player Team Year Stats
Chris Harris Bears 2005 Started 13 games for an 11-5 playoff team. Recorded 3 interceptions, 8 pass defenses, 2 fumble recoveries and 48 tackles.
Antoine Bethea Colts 2006 Started 14 games for a 12-4 Super Bowl Champion. Recorded 1 interception, 5 pass defenses and 66 tackles.
Al Afalava Bears 2009 Started 13 games for a 7-9 team. Recorded 2 sacks, 7 pass defenses, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 43 tackles.
C.C. Brown Texans 2005 Started 13 games for a 2-14 team. Recorded 1 interception, 2 pass defenses, 1 forced fumble and 54 tackles.
Marquand Manuel Bengals 2002 Started 8 games for a 2-14 team. Recorded 2 pass defenses, 1 forced fumble and 32 tackles.

Every rookie who joins an NFL team comes into their own unique situation. Some teams have established starters at their position while for others it’s an open competition from day one. Now that we know where the bar is set for Schillinger what are your expectations?

We know he wasn’t drafted to become a starter from day one, but do you expect him to contribute right away? Could he unseat one of the players on the above list? Let me know in the comments or start the conversation on Twitter.

Topics: 2010 NFL Draft, Al Afalava, Antoine Bethea, Atlanta Falcons, C.C. Brown, Chris Harris, Marquan Manuel, Shann Schillinger

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  • TomQ

    I think it’s pretty clear ShannWow was drafted to be a special teams guy (in fact, I think Dimitroff’s said as much). He could turn into a real asset in that role, but I think there is too much of a hill for him to climb to get into the starting defensive lineup. But, who knows?

    BTW – First comment on this blog.

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      Glad you stopped by Tom and welcome! ShannWow? I had not heard that nickname before, but I hope it sticks. That’s great! With the Falcons’ crowded secondary you are right that special teams will be his role, but it’s nice to see if needed, based on history, he might have what it takes to produce.

      • TomQ

        Yeah – ShannWow is the nickname I came up with for him. I hope it sticks too, and I hope it makes me rich, somehow. Let’s hope he makes it big time!

        • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

          From this point on when I mention him on this site, it will be in the following format:

          ShannWow © by TomQ

  • Ryan

    ShannWow with the interception! We need a good center fielder, that’s the direction the position is leaning these days (mostly because of Ed Reed.)

    I hope he continues to show good ball skills, because I’m not sold on William Moore – so far he hasn’t even been able to get on the field. If Thomas DeCoud progresses like he did last year he’ll be a stud. I wish we would’ve drafted Darrell Stuckey from Kansas, but he may be a FS in a SS’s body.

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      Yes that was a great pick by Schillinger. He’s still on the roster bubble, in my opinion, but I hope to see him doing more of that during the season.

      Moore appears to be auditioning for the role of Mr. Glass in Unbreakable 2. You’re right, he can’t seem to get on the field. At least he has Jerious Norwood to keep him company.