Atlanta Falcons: Foye Oluokun is everything Duke Riley never was
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun is everything you want in a defender.
When you think of the really good defenders that the Atlanta Falcons have, Foye Oluokun is probably one that you don’t mention, but he should be.
In 2016, the Atlanta Falcons drafted linebacker Deion Jones out of LSU and De’Vondre Campbell out of Minnesota hoping that they would be a formidable tandem for years to come. While Jones has turned into one of the league’s best defenders, Campbell struggled with consistency and has moved on.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons went back to LSU and thought they were completing the young linebacker corp when they took Deion Jones former teammate Duke Riley. Riley was a workout warrior and looked elite getting off the bus, the problem was here in Atlanta he was awful.
A year later, in 2018, the Atlanta Falcons took Foye Oluokun with their final pick in the draft, number 200 overall.
Foye Oluokun is everything that Duke Riley was supposed to be for the Atlanta Falcons.
When you draft a guy that low, you hope he is a special team’s standout, with Foye Oluokun, they have gotten so much more. He is the first one in and the last one out and wants to be great. Over the last two and a half years, he has already become more than the Falcons ever hoped he would be.
Through 38 games, Foye has accumulated more than 200 tackles, five forced fumbles, and one interception.
As bad as former general manager Thomas Dimitroff was with his picks in the first three rounds, he was pretty incredible with his draft picks on the backend of the draft – Grady Jarrett, Russell Gage, and Oluokun just to name a few.
As the Atlanta Falcons look to move forward with a new regime, there is no doubt that there are some very good young pieces on both sides of the ball that should make this franchise appeal to all of the most wanted candidates when they are able to start interviewing potential head coaches.