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Thomas DeCoud has been terrible as a tackler the past two seasons. More than that, he's started to decline in his coverage ability without any semblance of a pass rush in front of him. Atlanta needs to find someone who can replace him effectively otherwise, they face another year of terrible, overpriced safety play.
Jairus Byrd is a legitimately talented safety that would be expensive but worth it. He's a three-time All-Pro and a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He's averaged four interceptions and more than six pass deflections during the past three seasons on top of his effective run defense.
He also doesn't miss tackles often. With someone back there who takes good angles, make plays on the ball and can tackle, the Falcons would go from one of the mid-level safeties in the NFL to someone who has an extremely well-rounded game and is in the top five safeties in the NFL.
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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.