The Falcons needed a boost on defense

Due to his ability to close on the quarterback on slot blitzes, coupled with a willingness to play special teams (gunner at CU), Awuzie should have little trouble carving out a role early in his NFL career.

Awuzie prides himself on his physicality and cited Brian Dawkins as a major influence in his interview with SB Nation:

“I see myself as my own player. I try to take pieces from a lot of people. Growing up, the first player and the first exposure I had to football was seeing Brian Dawkins flying all over the field. Before the game even started, he’s jumping around in the pregame warm-up. His faith in God, his off-the-field was outstanding as well.”

Here’s a fun trivia fact: Awuzie’s godmother is the aunt of San Jose Sharks Cheap Jerseys Asomugha, who was a top-level cornerback with the Oakland Raiders for several years. He also had Christian Okoye as a mentor (both men have roots in Nigeria), giving Awuzie some strong pedigree to learn from.

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Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons needed a boost on defense, so they Cheap Jerseys NBA selected linebacker Takkarist McKinley in the first round. McKinley can rush the passer standing up and with his hands in the dirt. Atlanta’s corps now consists of McKinley, Deion Jones, and Vic Beasley.

Baltimore Ravens – While Baltimore’s selection of Marlon Humphrey was the best moment of the first round, it’s worth questioning the Ravens’ decision-making when it came to selecting Humphrey with the 10th pick, rather than a better value or a player at a position of need.