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2017 NFL Draft results: Falcons select CB/S Damontae Kazee in fifth round

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The San Diego State cornerback will join a crowded secondary and compete for a reserve gig.

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Many fans and analysts speculated the Falcons might add another cornerback to the mix, and they’ve done exactly that with San Diego State’s Damontae Kazee. It’s just that they might be looking to have him play safety.

The Falcons had a ton of success with Brian Poole a year ago, and in Kazee, they have another defensive back without elite length or top end speed, but with physicality and terrific instincts to his name. Kazee has a reputation as a playmaker who can get his hand on the ball, is gung ho about playing the run, and does pretty well in coverage.

If Kazee’s playing a lot of safety, he’ll likely start as a backup and third safety, but he could push Ricardo Allen for the starting free safety job within a season or two if the team’s high enough on him. Given his skill set, I do like the thought of Kazee at safety, but he’ll probably still dabble at cornerback. I’m legitimately excited about this pick.

Welcome to Atlanta, Damontae Kazee!

Falcons Selections

Round 1, #31: Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA

Round 3, #75: Duke Riley, LB, LSU

Round 4, #135: Sean Harlow, OL, Oregon State

Round 5, #149: Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State

Round 5, #156:

Round 5, #175

Top Remaining Needs

  1. Tackle
  2. Tight End
  3. Defensive Tackle
  4. Running Back

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