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CB Asante Samuel: A
The Falcons sorely missed a ball-hawk at the cornerback position going into this season. They got that and more when they traded for Asante Samuel.
The former Patriot and Eagle batted down 19 passes and made five interceptions, including a 79-yard pick six that changed momentum in Atlanta's favor late in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders.
Not to mention his work in run support, as Samuel made 36 stops.
And to think, it only cost the Falcons a seventh-round pick to get him.
CB Dunta Robinson: C+
Another season, another year expecting so much more from Dunta Robinson.
The nine-year veteran was repeatedly picked on by opposing quarterbacks, often looking lost in coverage if not getting simply beat to the ball.
Robinson's saving grace is how much of an asset he was in run support, He came in third on the team in tackles with 80.
But he's paid to stop the pass, and Robinson simply wasn't up to par in that respect.
CB Robert McClain: B
Originally picked up just prior to the season as nothing more than cornerback depth, McClain beat out veterans Chris Owens and Dominique Franks for the nickel spot and went on to record 61 tackles, 10 passes defensed and an interception.
McClain quickly proved to be one of the surest tacklers in the secondary. Coupled with his ball skills, he made the Week 1 season-ending injury to Brent Grimes a quickly forgotten one.
S William Moore: A-
An injury forced Moore to miss the final four games of the season. But he was the one forcing injuries in the 12 games prior.
The fourth-year veteran shined in Nolan's free-to-roam scheme, leading to a career-high 75 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Possessing a unique combination of the ability to lay the wood like a linebacker but cover opponents like a cornerback, one can only wonder how much more damage he would've done had he been healthy all year.
S Thomas DeCoud: B+
Falcons fans complained when general manager Thomas Dimitroff signed DeCoud, an underperforming missed-tackles machine for the better part of his career, to an extension this past offseason.
Little did they know DeCoud would be integral to the team’s defensive turnaround.
DeCoud led the team in interceptions with six, but more importantly emerged as the secondary’s on-field leader.
Missed tackles were still an issue for DeCoud, but overall it is clear that contract extension was well-deserved.