Scout.com’s Chris Steuber breaks down the Atlanta Falcons top 10 prospects. As described on the site: an NFL prospect is classified as a player entering their third year in the NFL or under 25 years of age. Find out who the Falcons top 10 prospects are entering the 2010 season.
This is a really interesting way to look at a team and seeing this group of guys gives me a lot of hope for the upcoming years. The Falcons defense should get a lot better since only three of the 10 Falcon prospects are on the offensive side of the ball.
Hit the jump for the list.
Top 10 Falcons Prospects
10. Kroy Biermann – There were a few players on the Falcons roster that received consideration for the 10th spot, but the versatility and production that Kroy Biermann has displayed over the last two years elevated him into the final slot.
9. Harry Douglas – Harry Douglas has a chance to be a great player with the Falcons, and he showcased Marvin Harrison-like ability during his rookie season in 2008 when he caught 23 passes for 320 yards and a touchdown.
8. Thomas Decoud – A third round pick in ’08, Thomas DeCoud, after spending most of his rookie season on special teams, played a huge role as a starter at free safety in ’09.
7. William Moore – As a junior in 2007, William Moore set a Missouri school record for interceptions with eight, and if he had decided to forego his senior year, he would have been a first round pick in the ’08 draft.
6. Brent Grimes – It’s been a long journey for former Shippensburg star Brent Grimes.
5. Sam Baker – In ’08, the Falcons traded back into the first round to select the man they envisioned protecting Ryan’s blind side for the next 10 – 15 years in former USC offensive tackle Sam Baker.
4. Peria Jerry – After being the Falcons first round pick in 2009, Peria Jerry was expected to sure up Atlanta’s woes in the trenches.
3. Sean Weatherspoon – A three-year starter at Missouri, Weatherspoon amassed more than 100 tackles in every year that he started for the Tigers.
2. Curtis Lofton – The Falcons drafted their quarterback of the future on offense in the first round of the ’08 draft, and they selected their signal caller on defense in the second round in former Oklahoma standout Curtis Lofton.
1. Matt Ryan – The No. 1 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and the future of the Atlanta Falcons franchise, Matt Ryan has displayed the leadership, poise and production of a seasoned veteran in his first two years in the league.
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Any Falcon prospects you are excited about? Will Matt Ryan and Curtis Lofton be the cornerstones for a decade? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.