The Falcons selected OLB Sean Weatherspoon out of Missouri with the 19th pick of the first round of the NFL Draft. Weatherspoon is an aggressive tackling machine. He is very fast running a 4.5 40 despite being 6’0″, 241 pounds and that speed helps him in both coverage and when he blitzes. He played in 13 games (all starts) for the Tigers last season in which he made 111 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, he had 4.5 sacks, broke up 2 passes and he had 1 interception. Don’t expect double digit sack totals out of Weatherspoon as that is not his game but I think he will have a lot more tackles than most outside linebackers do as he has a nose for the football. Weatherspoon played in 52 games (41 starts) in his four years at Missouri and he made 406 tackles, had 43.5 tackles for a loss, he had 12.5 sacks, broke up 17 passes and he intercepted 4 passes. The Falcons likely found a starter from day #1 in 2010 in Weatherspoon who has a very high upside.
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