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Falcons loaded with talent 25 years old and younger

Julio Jones and Matt Ryan are the faces of the Atlanta Falcons after leading the team to a Super Bowl appearance in 2016. The reason many think the Falcons will finish first in the NFC and possibly get back to the big game, though, is due to their abundance of young talent.

With training camp underway, here are ten Falcons to watch age 25 and under that are expected to play significant roles on the team in 2017.

Keanu Neal: SS – Age 22

2016 Stats: 106 total tackles, five forced fumbles

Neal was fantastic as a rookie. What he lacked in coverage, he made up for in big hits, with five forced fumbles.

Vic Beasley: LB – Age 25

2016 Stats: 39 total tackles, 15.5 sacks, six forced fumbles

Beasley made the most headlines of any Atlanta defender in 2016. His 15.5 sacks led the league, garnering comparisons to Denver’s Von Miller.

Deion Jones: MLB – Age 22

2016 Stats: 106 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two touchowns

Deion Jones was a home run as a rookie, second-round pick. His sideline-to-sideline speed made him one of the most productive players on the team.

Grady Jarrett: DT – Age 24

2016 Stats: 48 combined tackles, three sacks

Jarrett pushes the pocket, allowing Atlanta’s speedy edge rushers to reach opposing quarterbacks. At 24, he’s a key cog in Dan Quinn’s defense

Takkarist McKinley: DE – Age 21 (Rookie)

McKinley was one of the best edge rushers in college during his senior season at UCLA. His arrival in Atlanta just adds more fuel to an already explosive unit.

Ricardo Allen: FS – Age 25

2016 Stats: 90 combined tackles, two interceptions

Allen is a steady force on the back end of the Falcons’ defense. His presence helped rookie Keanu Neal play at an elite level in 2016.

Jake Matthews: LT – Age 25

Matthews started all sixteen games at left tackle last season. Yes, he committed a key penalty in the Super Bowl, but his pass protection throughout the year was instrumental in getting the team there.

Tevin Coleman: RB – Age 24

2016 Stats: 520 rush yards, 421 receiving yards, 11 total touchdowns

Coleman is a do-it-all back that perfectly fits into Atlanta’s up-tempo offensive scheme. Even as a backup, he totaled almost 1,000 all-purpose yards last year.

Devonta Freeman: RB – Age 25

2016 Stats: 1,079 rush yards, 462 receiving yards, 13 total touchdowns

Freeman delivered another great season in 2016, topping 1,000 yards for the second straight year. He and Coleman should continue to give opposing defenses headaches.

Austin Hooper: TE – Age 22

2016 Stats: 19 catches, 271 yards, three touchdowns

After letting Jacob Tamme go, it appears the Falcons will rely heavily on Hooper in 2017. It’s a big jump for the 22-year-old, but there’s plenty of weapons around him to ease the transition.

 

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5 hours ago, theProf said:

Other noteworthy Falcons also 25 and under:

Brian Poole

De'Vondre Campbell

Jalen Collins

Justin Hardy

Duke Riley

 

Hopefully, we can add Schweitzer and Hill after this season.

 

Would like to see a veteran brought in on the defense that's been on a winning team, a super bowl winning team. Not sure where to put him, just think veteran leadership is underrated.

Only age on this team is at positions that play well into their 30s- Bryant, Ryan, Levitre and Mack. Usually, you can look at the over 30 players to see who's going to be drafted early on a team. That would be nobody on defense,nobody on offense, aren't drafting a kicker high , we're not Tampa Bay. Falcons can draft BPA  next 3 years, maybe start collecting draft picks to use to move up to get a QB once Ryan retires.

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15 hours ago, theProf said:

Other noteworthy Falcons also 25 and under:

Brian Poole

De'Vondre Campbell

Jalen Collins

Justin Hardy

Duke Riley

 

Recap of noteworthy Falcons who are only 26 years old:

Desmond Trufant

Dontari Poe

Taylor Gabriel

Levine Toilolo

Derrick Coleman (most likely to be the starting FB)

Ra'Shede Hageman

Kemal Ishmael

LaRoy Reynolds

Nick Williams

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9 hours ago, theProf said:

Recap of noteworthy Falcons who are only 26 years old:

Desmond Trufant

Dontari Poe

Taylor Gabriel

Levine Toilolo

Derrick Coleman (most likely to be the starting FB)

Ra'Shede Hageman

Kemal Ishmael

LaRoy Reynolds

Nick Williams

Bit of trivia:

Rookie TE Eric Saubert is also 26 years old, as is former TE D.J. Tialavea.  Although Tialavea  has four years of experience at TE, he has just been converted to the Offensive Line. 

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