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Safety Ishmael Looking Like a Tackling Machine

Jay Adams

Published May 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM

There’s nothing that’s easy about selecting players in the NFL Draft. Sure, the first round offers a great crop of talent, but even that’s a challenging task for an NFL general manager and his scouting staff.

The real art of drafting, however, occurs in the later rounds, when finding that elusive diamond in the rough is what every GM hopes for. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has shown prowess in those later rounds in his time in Atlanta.

With three seventh-round picks in 2013′s NFL Draft, Dimitroff had the ability to show once again that there’s talent to be found late on the third day, and he did so by drafting two safeties and a quarterback.

Central Florida’s Kemal Ishmael, the first of those three picks, looks to have all the potential in the world on paper and comes into next week’s start of OTAs with a solid college career, specifically in the tackling department.

Ishmael, in fact, was called one of the surest tacklers in the 2013 draft by Dimitroff — extremely high praise for a seventh-rounder.

Here’s why: Ishmael finished his four year career at UCF with 368 total tackles — good enough to be the Knights’ all-time leader in tackles among defensive backs and the third player in UCF history to lead the team in tackles three times during his college career.

Sure, the argument can be made that tackles are a subjective stat and kept differently everywhere, but to be in position to be credited with 368 career tackles is still a feat.

For comparison, Falcons safeties William Moore earned 280 in four years at Missouri and Thomas DeCoud had 115 in three years at Cal.

Linebacker Akeem Dent had 240 at Georgia in four years and Sean Weatherspoon edged out Ishmael with 406 total tackles in four years at Missouri.

With two Pro Bowl safeties in Moore and DeCoud ahead of him, Ishmael looks like a strong contender to make an impact on special teams with his tackling skills. He’s certainly one to keep an eye on as the offseason rolls on.

http://blog.atlantafalcons.com/jayadams/2013/05/21/safety-ishmael-looking-like-a-tackling-machine/

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You really think we will put him there? What's your take on it?

Its Bull chit. He can't play LB with speed after getting bulked up. People point to Urlacher, but Urlacher was 250 pounds coming in to NFl. Motta will be a valuable ST and take over Shann Schillinger role. He can be used as run defender.

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Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has shown prowess in those later rounds in his time in Atlanta.

Really?!! When was that? The best he has done in rounds 4 and later is probably Bosher. Among actual players his best finds are Kroy, Reynolds, Walker, and Rodgers, and none of them are starter material. TD has been pretty mediocre in later rounds.

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This is excellent. That means we dont need to spend money on someone like Chris Hope. We got a great tackling rookie instead. I think we're one more FA away on the front 7 to having a solid defense.

I agree. I seriously doubt that Atlanta will sign a vet FA Safety this year, as they have done in several prior years. Moore, DeCoud, Mitchell, and Ishmael or Motta will probably make the final roster this year. I also think that Atlanta will sign a vet FA DT after June 1, possibly Seymour, or after final team cuts are made. If the Falcons do sign a vet DT, then the thinnest positions will be LB and OT. However, Atlanta did sign some promising undrafted Free Agent LBs and OTs for possible depth, and they might not need to sign vet FAs at those positions.

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Said it right from where he was drafted, he's a really good ST player at worst. Has loads of potential though, covers like a cornerback and tackles like a linebacker. Not nearly big enough to play LB like some are saying though haha, don't kid yourselves.

On the same page.

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If I am Mike Nolan, I will bench the guys if they miss tackles or fine them 5 K for every missed tackle.

Taking one out of Kiwi's book , they have Maponga , the rugby guy. He can tackle really well. Shame the vets by making them take lessons from the rook on wrapping up. I bet it would it work.

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Taking one out of Kiwi's book , they have Maponga , the rugby guy. He can tackle really well. Shame the vets by making them take lessons from the rook on wrapping up. I bet it would it work.

Yeah. I will be pissed off I see more piss poor tackling again. That was biggest drainer in the Run defense last year.

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