The Atlanta Falcons: Who Is Thomas DeCoud?

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Published: April 19, 2009

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... 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 opposing player has sometimes led to him biting too quickly on plays and missing the tackle altogether.

However, beyond that, his vertical ability could make him great in pass coverage once he learns to read play action and make the proper breaks on the ball.

For all his tackling and hitting prowess in college, he was not much of a thr...

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