Atlanta Falcons Draft Spotlight: FS Damarious Randall

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Oct 18, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Damarious Randall (3) celebrates after recovering a muffed punt by the Stanford Cardinal in the second quarter at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

What Randall brings

Randall is a rangy, physical free safety that impressed with some great numbers at the Combine.

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His 4.46-second 40-yard dash ranked third among safety prospects (ahead of Alabama’s Landon Collins) and he followed that up with the third fastest 20-yard shuttle (4.07 seconds), third fastest 3-cone drill (6.83 seconds), and third highest vertical jump (38.0 inches).

Randall also looked impressive in the DB drills, showing off his hands and ability to change direction on a dime.

He is perhaps best known for his tackling ability, amassing 177 tackles from the free safety position in two seasons starting for the Sun Devils. He also racked up 18 pass deflections and six interceptions, showcasing solid ball-hawking traits.

Randall is a physical player that doesn’t shy away from contact and will try to lay the wood whenever possible. He’s aggressive, and will use his athleticism to fly around the field looking to make plays.

Randall is good at contesting throws and has plus hands for the position, owing to the time he spent playing WR in JUCO. He particularly loves to break on screens and underneath routes for interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

Arizona State took full advantage of his athleticism, using him as a blitzer and as a gunner on punt and kick returns. He excelled at both roles and could be a force right away on special teams for the Falcons.

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