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The Atlanta Falcons could really use a talented pass-rusher who understands how to play with excellent hand usage and has a great motor. Shaquil Barrett can be that outside pass-rusher the Falcons need. However, he's not just a defensive end.
He can legitimately drop back into coverage as a linebacker. He can play special teams. He can block kicks and out-work offensive tackles. He can line up at end or outside linebacker. He can also line up at inside linebacker depending on the scheme.
A guy like Barrett added to the Falcons rotation on the defensive line would be like adding Wallace Gilberry there. Barrett could also play outside linebacker in the Falcons base 4-3 and 3-4 packages as well. Add in his off-field personality and locker room presence, and the Falcons would love to bring him on board.
2013: 14 Games Played, 80 Tackles, 20.5 Tackles for Loss, 12.0 Sacks, 6 QB Hurries, 1 Interception, 4 Fumbles Forced, 2 Pass Deflections, 3 Blocked Kicks
2012: 12 Games Played, 67 Tackles, 7.5 Tackles for Loss, 3.5 Sacks, 2 QB Hurries, 1 Interception, 2 Fumbles Forced, 1 Pass Deflection, 1 Defensive Touchdown
2011: 12 Games Played, 99 Tackles, 4.5 Tackles for Loss, 2.5 Sacks, 2 QB Hurries, 1 Interception, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 3 Pass Deflections, 2 Defensive Touchdowns
Transferred from University of Nebraska-Omaha when they dropped their football program before the 2011 season.
2010: 11 Games Played, 82 Tackles, 11.5 Tackles for Loss, 8.5 Sacks, 3 Fumbles Forced, 4 Blocked Kicks
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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football, NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.