Atlanta Falcons: One "Moore" Down, One More to Go

Tim DarnellContributor IJuly 26, 2009

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - MAY 9: Defensive tackle Peria Jerry #94 of the Atlanta Falcons works out during minicamp at the Falcons Complex on May 9, 2009 in Flowery Branch, Georgia.  (Photo by Paul Abell/Getty Images)

With the signing of second-rounder William Moore, a University of Missouri safety, the Atlanta Falcons only have one more draftee to sign: the rolling bucket of butcher knives known as Peria Jerry, their first round pick.

My prediction is that he will be signed this week.

Moore, 6'0" 227 pounds, started 32 of 48 games at the University of Missouri, and finished his career with 284 tackles (182 solo), three sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 22 passes defensed, and six forced fumbles.

He totaled 11 interceptions in his collegiate career for 162 yards. He set a school record by returning four for touchdowns, breaking Erik McMillan's previous mark.

Moore's eight interceptions in 2007 also broke the old school single-season record of seven set by Hall of Fame safety, Roger Wehrli (1968). Following his junior (2007) and senior (2008) seasons, Moore earned second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press.

Thomas Dimitroff is too smart of a GM, Mike Smith is too smart of a head coach, and Arthur Blank is too smart of an owner to have the man they're building a new defense around hold out during camp. That's why they'll get the deal done this week...that is, unless Jerry is being advised by an incompetent agent.

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