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Falcons UDFA 'Surprise Standout' Could Force His Way to 53-Man Roster

An undrafted rookie has made a positive impression early.
 

For an Atlanta Falcons defense that ranked largely amongst the league's worst last season, any and all unexpected contributions are valued. 

The team spent significant capital on improving the defense both in free agency and the draft and is now getting a positive return on one of its undrafted rookies.

According to ESPN, linebacker Nate Landman has been Atlanta's surprise offseason standout. A four-time All-Pac 12 honoree, Landman racked up 409 tackles, 41 tackles-for-loss, and 11 sacks across five seasons at the University of Colorado.

Standing 6-3, 230 pounds, Landman's instincts and intelligence had him around the ball often for the Buffaloes, a characteristic that is translating to the NFL. While the pads have yet to go on, Landman is still impressing with his ability to be in position to make plays.

This is admittedly a deep cut in terms of the Atlanta roster, but the undrafted rookie was active in 7-on-7 drills -- the only heavy action in the OTA period -- and seemed to have a knack for finding the ball. It's probably still a tough road for Landman to make the roster as an inside linebacker, but he might have jumpstarted himself at least into being in the conversation if he builds on his OTAs during training camp. - ESPN's Michael Rothstein.

 

The 23-year-old Landman faces competition in the form of veteran free agent adds Rashaan Evans and Nick Kwiatkoski, third-year pro Mykal Walker, second-round draft pick Troy Andersen, and 2021 undrafted rookie Dorian Etheridge, who managed to play in seven games last season. 

While Evans, Walker and Andersen are safe bets to make the roster, the other spots at inside linebacker remain open. Landman's tackling prowess lends itself favorably to special teams, an area he has experience in from his freshman season in college and will have to be his calling card to stick on Atlanta's roster.

Landman will have to show he can translate his OTA ball-finding ability to finishing plays when pads come on, but if his college career is any indication, that shouldn't be a problem. From here, he has to keep stacking good days, but the ultra-productive Landman is off to a good start. 
I really liked Landman’s film coming out of Colorado. I thought he was a hard nosed guy with good instincts. Landman plays with fire, is a sure tackler and likes to go for turnovers. I believe he may be able to step into a nice reserve role for us and keep growing.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Deep2Julio said:

I don't see it. That position is already going to be crowded for us. He may sneak onto the practice squad.

If he somehow makes it, he's definitely earned it though.

I think you are right.  Kwiatkowski is the unknown to me.  Can he stay healthy?  If so, then Goldman is PS.

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16 minutes ago, Killing Floor said:

If he makes his shot and shows up in preseason reps I wish him well. There’s no ILB or OLB who should be a guarantee at this point. Our linebacker squad has been horrible. Good to hear he’s pushing. 

Agree. If he wins the job, it should be his. Since the LB squad has been decidedly sub-par, there had better not be any Sacred Cows to get special consideration. 

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1 hour ago, Deep2Julio said:

I don't see it. That position is already going to be crowded for us. He may sneak onto the practice squad.

If he somehow makes it, he's definitely earned it though.

Gotta agree.

Good football instincts, but I don't think he has the measurables(speed) to translate to the pro game.

We'll see.

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6 hours ago, PokerSteve said:

Agree. If he wins the job, it should be his. Since the LB squad has been decidedly sub-par, there had better not be any Sacred Cows to get special consideration. 

I think the last sacred cow is grazing in a field in Indianapolis right now. I get the impression Arthur is going to use this season to see which dogs bark and which ones fight to get a preview of what's to come next year.

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13 hours ago, Tribal Chief said:

Injured at the moment. No one knows what happens know

This.  No point in bringing up a player that is recovering from surgery.  The Falcons tend to keep things a bit cryptic by not saying a word.  I still think Deion is a Falcon, for at least the coming season.  

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His biggest knock is athleticism. A 4.86 forty is extremely slow for a 230 lb linebacker. With that said, his 20 yd shuttle (4.32) and 3 cone (6.88) were up there with some of the better linebackers in the draft.

If he can truly diagnose well, he may stick around.

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2 minutes ago, djbrough said:

His biggest knock is athleticism. A 4.86 forty is extremely slow for a 230 lb linebacker. With that said, his 20 yd shuttle (4.32) and 3 cone (6.88) were up there with some of the better linebackers in the draft.

If he can truly diagnose well, he may stick around.

Big difference in game speed and straight line, out of the block speed.  I will take game speed and diagnostic ability over pure speed.  Pure speed sees you drafting Duke Riley.

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