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Hailing from current defensive end Kroy Biermann’s alma mater of The University of Montana, Schillinger had really good production during his tenure for the Grizzlies. Even though he didn’t start as a sophomore, he was 10th on the team with 45 tackles. Schillinger really came into his own his junior year after starting “in all 16 games and was Montana’s second leading tackler. He led the Grizzlies with 10 pass deflections. He had a team-leading (tie) four interceptions. He also tied for the team lead in forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (two)” (NFLDraftScout.com). Schillinger also had a very good senior year with 90 tackles and 4 interceptions. The former Montana safety brings a very nice set of ball skills with nice size (6’0, 202) and surprising speed (4.5 forty). Schillinger may not be the flashiest of names, but he appears to be an all-around very good and tough football player capable of covering, good hands, crushing hits, and making plays on the field. The big question, like all small school athletes, is whether or not the player is something special or if he’s simply a product of very weak competition. The former definitely turned out to be true for Kroy Biermann who has surprised from day one and is primed for a starting defensive end spot this fall.

Similar to Spencer Adkins Pick

On the surface, the pick doesn’t make a ton of sense because they were so many other players available at positions of far greater need than safety. If you dig a little deeper though, this pick may begin to gain some traction. It reminds many of the Spencer Adkins pick last year at linebacker, who had way less production than Schillinger in college, but came in and beat out several vets including Jamie Winborn and higher draft pick Robert James. Many fans were way less upset with Adkins in the 6th last year who had much less production and wasn’t even a starter at the end of the season. Schillinger fits the mold of high character, high motor players who Dimitroff has been targeting lately.

Is Schillinger a True Sleeper?

That’s the big question fans are waiting to see. It’s hard to believe that so much scrutiny is being paid to a 6th round pick, but after Dimitroff’s own successes he has set the bar pretty high on selecting good players throughout the draft. Adkins didn’t get a lot of time on defense, but became one of the better special teams players and may even develop into something more. The Falcons also put an emphasis on backup safeties, usually carrying at least 5 of them. Antoine Harris was a mainstay on the roster for the last two years and Jamaal Fudge rotated back and forth on the roster as well. Schillinger seems to a very talented player that provides superb depth and may even develop into a larger role. He has a good work ethic and he will need it with undrafted signee safeties Rafael Bush and Gabe Derricks. Throw in the fact that he already will be closely watched by fans and his push to make the roster gets even tougher. Is Schillinger a good pick and possible sleeper? Like all draft picks, we’ll wait and see.

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Hailing from current defensive end Kroy Biermann's alma mater of The University of Montana, Schillinger had really good production during his tenure for the Grizzlies. Even though he didn't start as a sophomore, he was 10th on the team with 45 tackles. Schillinger really came into his own his junior year after starting "in all 16 games and was Montana's second leading tackler. He led the Grizzlies with 10 pass deflections. He had a team-leading (tie) four interceptions. He also tied for the team lead in forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (two)" (NFLDraftScout.com). Schillinger also had a very good senior year with 90 tackles and 4 interceptions. The former Montana safety brings a very nice set of ball skills with nice size (6'0, 202) and surprising speed (4.5 forty). Schillinger may not be the flashiest of names, but he appears to be an all-around very good and tough football player capable of covering, good hands, crushing hits, and making plays on the field. The big question, like all small school athletes, is whether or not the player is something special or if he's simply a product of very weak competition. The former definitely turned out to be true for Kroy Biermann who has surprised from day one and is primed for a starting defensive end spot this fall.

Similar to Spencer Adkins Pick

On the surface, the pick doesn't make a ton of sense because they were so many other players available at positions of far greater need than safety. If you dig a little deeper though, this pick may begin to gain some traction. It reminds many of the Spencer Adkins pick last year at linebacker, who had way less production than Schillinger in college, but came in and beat out several vets including Jamie Winborn and higher draft pick Robert James. Many fans were way less upset with Adkins in the 6th last year who had much less production and wasn't even a starter at the end of the season. Schillinger fits the mold of high character, high motor players who Dimitroff has been targeting lately.

Is Schillinger a True Sleeper?

That's the big question fans are waiting to see. It's hard to believe that so much scrutiny is being paid to a 6th round pick, but after Dimitroff's own successes he has set the bar pretty high on selecting good players throughout the draft. Adkins didn't get a lot of time on defense, but became one of the better special teams players and may even develop into something more. The Falcons also put an emphasis on backup safeties, usually carrying at least 5 of them. Antoine Harris was a mainstay on the roster for the last two years and Jamaal Fudge rotated back and forth on the roster as well. Schillinger seems to a very talented player that provides superb depth and may even develop into a larger role. He has a good work ethic and he will need it with undrafted signee safeties Rafael Bush and Gabe Derricks. Throw in the fact that he already will be closely watched by fans and his push to make the roster gets even tougher. Is Schillinger a good pick and possible sleeper? Like all draft picks, we'll wait and see.

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Hope so. We need more help from all positions.

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I really hope we are not in a position to have to rely on him or see much of him in year one. I could see him being a nice producer in a year or two, a special teams ace and maybe a replacement for Coleman as a nice backup for both Safety spots. I'll be pulling for him, but as always, may the best man for the job win.

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Special teams. We are very deep at safety that it is unlikely he will play without a number of injuries occurring. Or just check out my response to D3's article in the comments section.

In 08 they carried 5 safeties all season, in 09 only 4

Right now he would rank #5 or #4 on the depth charts

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With all the passing going on these days, the Falcons look to play more nickel and dime, but...we still need tough guys to stop the run just in case. Safeties are those tough guys, which is one reason why they make such good special teamers. Plus the DBs will probably rotate out a lot to keep them fresh.

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Hailing from current defensive end Kroy Biermann’s alma mater of The University of Montana, Schillinger had really good production during his tenure for the Grizzlies. Even though he didn’t start as a sophomore, he was 10th on the team with 45 tackles. Schillinger really came into his own his junior year after starting “in all 16 games and was Montana’s second leading tackler. He led the Grizzlies with 10 pass deflections. He had a team-leading (tie) four interceptions. He also tied for the team lead in forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (two)” (NFLDraftScout.com). Schillinger also had a very good senior year with 90 tackles and 4 interceptions. The former Montana safety brings a very nice set of ball skills with nice size (6’0, 202) and surprising speed (4.5 forty). Schillinger may not be the flashiest of names, but he appears to be an all-around very good and tough football player capable of covering, good hands, crushing hits, and making plays on the field. The big question, like all small school athletes, is whether or not the player is something special or if he’s simply a product of very weak competition. The former definitely turned out to be true for Kroy Biermann who has surprised from day one and is primed for a starting defensive end spot this fall.

Similar to Spencer Adkins Pick

On the surface, the pick doesn’t make a ton of sense because they were so many other players available at positions of far greater need than safety. If you dig a little deeper though, this pick may begin to gain some traction. It reminds many of the Spencer Adkins pick last year at linebacker, who had way less production than Schillinger in college, but came in and beat out several vets including Jamie Winborn and higher draft pick Robert James. Many fans were way less upset with Adkins in the 6th last year who had much less production and wasn’t even a starter at the end of the season. Schillinger fits the mold of high character, high motor players who Dimitroff has been targeting lately.

Is Schillinger a True Sleeper?

That’s the big question fans are waiting to see. It’s hard to believe that so much scrutiny is being paid to a 6th round pick, but after Dimitroff’s own successes he has set the bar pretty high on selecting good players throughout the draft. Adkins didn’t get a lot of time on defense, but became one of the better special teams players and may even develop into something more. The Falcons also put an emphasis on backup safeties, usually carrying at least 5 of them. Antoine Harris was a mainstay on the roster for the last two years and Jamaal Fudge rotated back and forth on the roster as well. Schillinger seems to a very talented player that provides superb depth and may even develop into a larger role. He has a good work ethic and he will need it with undrafted signee safeties Rafael Bush and Gabe Derricks. Throw in the fact that he already will be closely watched by fans and his push to make the roster gets even tougher. Is Schillinger a good pick and possible sleeper? Like all draft picks, we’ll wait and see.

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Almost willing to bet Scott Case V 2.0!

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