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The Atlanta Falcons: Who Is Thomas DeCoud?

Published by on April 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

The Atlanta Falcons drafted Thomas DeCoud in the third-round of the 2008 NFL Draft.  At 6'0", 197 lbs., he isn't a big guy. However, he had the reputation in college of being a monster hitter, racking up 116 tackles in his senior year.

To date he has been limited to playing special teams, an area he excelled in at Cal (he blocked six kicks as a two-year starter), but with the release of Lawyer Milloy, DeCoud finds himself in a position to perhaps win the starting safety role in the Falcon's secondary.

He has the size, the speed, and the potential to be solid at the position, but he will need to work on his pass coverage skills and suppress his urge to go for the big hit every time. His eagerness to de-cleat an...

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