Falcons Will Welcome Top Safety

The Falcons have an obvious need at strong safety in the wake of Lawyer Milloy's departure. To fill that hole, they're welcoming one of the best draft-eligible safeties to Flowery Branch this weekend.

Scout.com's Chris Steuber reports that Missouri safety William Moore will visit the Falcons this upcoming weekend. Moore, who played free and strong safety in college, is currently rated as the second-best strong safety behind Oregon's Patrick Chung, who has also caught the Falcons' interest. The team needs a replacement for veteran Lawyer Milloy, who was not asked back after starting 15 games in 2008.

Moore's best season came in 2007, when he set a school record with eight interceptions and was named Second team All-Big 12. Moore was slowed by injuries in 2008, and he had a very rough Senior Bowl week, but he rebounded at his Pro Day on March 5, running a sub-4.4-40 by one stopwatch. Finally healthy, Moore is ready to prove his worth.

"It was a minor pain," Moore said at the Combine of the foot injury he suffered in the 2008 season opener against Illinois. "We tried to be cautious with it, but we didn't get to heal it all the way. It was one of those things I had to battle with throughout the season."

And what did he want to prove in Indianapolis? "I wanted to prove I'm one of the best safeties in this draft. It's not a fluke what you saw in 2007, it's just you deal with injuries sometimes and you have to bounce back from it. I'm trying to prove that I'm 100 percent and in my best shape."

Moore believes that his 2008 season, where he overcame adversity, shows as much as the more statistically impressive 2007. "The 2008 film is very important, because they know what I an do good on the field. They're curious about my production. Why did it slip? They want to look at 2008 to see if it was my ability or my position or was it my durability as far as being healthy. I feel like 2008 is very important. I also go back and watch that film and see what can I do different.

"I worked harder after the 2007 season to get better. But you face injuries sometimes. I worked harder, it just didn't pan out the way I hoped."

Now, William Moore has another chance to get back in the groove. And the Falcons could benefit from his ability to rebound.


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