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2009 NFL Draft Retrospective: Safety William Moore

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This is another in a series of articles examining players from the 2009 NFL Draft. The Falcoholic will also be putting together a retrospective on the 2009 season when the collective brain trust has sorted out just what happened this season. Currently, the brain trust consists of two hamsters and some guy who passed out on my couch. Ahem. Our next draft pick is second-round safety William Moore.

It's a testament to William Moore's ability to hit people that the nickname "C4" fit him like a glove.

It seems funny now, a little more than a week after Mike Smith picked Thomas DeCoud as his defensive MVP, but there was once a healthy discussion about who might be starting at safety between Moore and DeCoud. After all, they were competing for strong safety at the time, and Moore's strength against the run made him a logical choice. While his season-ending injury was unfortunate and left us without a clear idea about what he can do, his path to a starting job at that position is now paved over with golden asphalt, thanks to DeCoud's successful move to free safety.

Assuming he's healthy, it'd be tough for the Falcons to trot out Erik Coleman again, after his less-than-effective performance in 2009. Moore's a heavy hitter, savvy against the run and is coachable enough that I truly believe he'll someday be effective in coverage. Like Jerry, he's going to fight the injury-plagued label, but hopefully that's a question that will resolve itself. I predict that he'll seize the starting job and make his presence known against the run in 2010, though there'll be plenty of growing pains in coverage. Good reason to make sure the cornerbacks are really set.

And like Jerry, long-term it's tough to know exactly what to expect from the guy. If he comes back and does great things in the years ahead, though, I bet all the grumbling about the injuries will fade away. But please, by all means, weigh in.

Initial Draft Grade: A-

Final Draft Grade: Incomplete