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Atlanta -- Lawrence Sidbury Jr. (4th round, 125th overall)

The Falcons are pretty set along the defensive line, but when Sidbury fell to them in the fourth round, it was impossible not to take him. It may be equally impossible to keep him off the field.

Though he hails from Division I-AA Richmond and is undersized, Sidbury already is turning heads with consistent playmaking skills. He's always around the ball and in the backfield disrupting things. He never quits and when he gets to the ball-carrier, he's a sure tackler. He may not start, but it will be impossible for the Falcons not to use him.

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I don't think he is undersize for DE. He has good height and nice weights. Lower to the ground low center of gravity...that is a great thing.

Shorter arms, means OT's are able to manipulate him easier and keep him at a distance, OTs will be able to get their hands on him before he can engage them.

His quickness and skill set make up for the shortcomings in height and length. 6' 2 isnt short but like another poster noted 6'4, 6'5 is ideal for DEs, it helps with vision to the backfield.

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Shorter arms, means OT's are able to manipulate him easier and keep him at a distance, OTs will be able to get their hands on him before he can engage them.

His quickness and skill set make up for the shortcomings in height and length. 6' 2 isnt short but like another poster noted 6'4, 6'5 is ideal for DEs, it helps with vision to the backfield.

The problem with that assessment is the face that Sidbury has some very, very long arms.

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rofl @ being pretty set on the defensive line.

We've infused our line with talent and signed back key contributers, outside of blowing a lot of money on someone like Albert Haynesworth, we've done everything we can do. It would be shocking to see a decline or little improvement in this line.

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We've infused our line with talent and signed back key contributers, outside of blowing a lot of money on someone like Albert Haynesworth, we've done everything we can do. It would be shocking to see a decline or little improvement in this line.

I agree, we really needed help at the NT spot last year.

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