Falcons: Foyesade Oluokun is on the pathway to elite status

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As miserable as the Falcons defense has been in 2020, former sixth-round pick Foye Oluokun has been absolutely exceptional. I wrote back in January that he would step up and be a key piece, but I never expected this level of production. I knew that De’Vondre Campbell’s time in Atlanta was as good as done, and Foye was the next man up. Thankfully, he’s delivered.

 

 

Granted, this is only one game, but Foye has kept up the intensity since recovering from the injury he suffered against Dallas. He has 40 combined tackles, 2 TFL, 3 FF, and an INT in 2020. In Week 6 against the Vikings, Oluokun graded out at 74.8, according to PFF — 10th among all linebackers. The signs were there in 2019.

 

 

Oluokun only played NINE snaps in that Cardinals game. I have to give Thomas Dimitroff credit — Oluokun was a heck of a steal in the sixth-round. The converted safety out of Yale has been undoubtedly the biggest surprise of the Falcons defense this season. Now, interim head coach Raheem Morris wants him to get back to his roots.

 

 

It’s exciting to see some creativity, and Oluokun could be used in an Isaiah Simmons at Clemson type hybrid role. He’s played inside and outside linebacker, and I think he’s fast enough to be used as a safety. He’s shown he’s perfectly capable at sub-linebacker next to Deion Jones in nickel situations. 

As exciting as Atlanta’s offensive pieces will be for a new head coach/general manager pairing — Oluokun, Jarrett, Terrell, and Jones are equally as enticing on the defensive side of the ball.

I wrote about 4th round rookie Mykal Walker playing well so far, but having Oluokun emerge as a keystone piece on defense will give Atlanta some freedom during the draft. The pieces are there, and hopefully, both guys keep it up so Atlanta can focus on areas other than linebacker during the 2021 offseason.

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