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2016 NFL Draft: Falcons interested in William & Mary linebacker Luke Rhodes

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It would be a late round selection with some upside.

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Per an NFL source, the Falcons appear to have legitimate interest in William & Mary middle linebacker Luke Rhodes, a potential late round pick for the team.

Your first inclination might be to see some Paul Worrilow in Rhodes, and they are both athletic middle linebackers who didn't play for traditional football powerhouses. Rhodes is a little bigger, doesn't find himself around the ball as often, and will leave college more suited for coverage duties than Worrilow. My best guess for him is a third day selection or a priority undrafted free agent signing, and for Rhodes to settle in at the NFL level as a core special teamer and reserve with some upside, assuming a coaching staff is willing to work to get it out of him.

The Falcons' interest makes a lot of sense in that light, because it's no lock that they'll draft a middle linebacker sooner, they could use additional help on special teams, and Worrilow is under contract just for 2016, making a developmental prospect a solid idea if they're not going to outright replace #55 this season. They have been linked to Leonard Floyd and Reggie Ragland in the first round, both of whom could (and likely would) step in as starters immediately in the middle.

Put Rhodes down as a name to watch next Saturday, either wayl