Future Falcons: S Brodney Pool

FLOWERY BRANCH – Safety might be Atlanta's number one position to fill in the upcoming 2005 NFL Draft.

Atlanta's Interest in Oklahoma safety Brodney Pool seems to be more for a second round selection rather than a first. However, it's possible the Atlanta Falcons could grab Pool late in the first round if Georgia's Thomas Davis is picked before the Falcons get a shot at him.

Davis ran a faster time than Pool, and it seems most Draft experts have Davis as the number one safety available. Still, Pool has many attributes that make him attractive to the Falcons. He's big, with extremely long arms which help him defend in the secondary. Pool's numbers at Oklahoma, nine interceptions and 17 pass break-ups in only two seasons of heavy playing time, prove that he is an effective pass defender.

Scout.com currently ranks Pool as the No. 2 safety prospect available in the 2005 NFL Draft.


"Pool is very good in coverage and displays excellent instincts," notes one NFL scout. He's a fundamentally sound tackler and generally takes a good angle of pursuit. He may need to bulk up some for the next level, but overall, he's one of the best safeties available this year."

Unlike Davis, Pool is not likely to provide a big hit or the speed to catch up with receivers he might be covering. However, Pool is very good in terms of recognition and making plays.

Don't be surprised to see him taken by the Falcons late in the first round or, if he is around, in the second round.

RAW DATA:

H / W / 40s / Broad Jump / Short Shuttle / 3-Cone Drill
6-1 / 201 / 4.54 / 10' 8" / 4.50 / 7.25

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