Ranking the Falcons 4th Round Picks of the Thomas Dimitroff era

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12. Prince Shembo (2014)

I’m not going to give this bozo any attention. Shembo played one season before being cut after he killed his girlfriend’s dog. This came after he threw a desk at a teacher in high school and was accused of sexual assault in college. This team should have known better. Next.

11. Malachi Goodman (2013)

Goodman spent a little over three seasons in Atlanta, appearing in 36 games, including 11 starts. However, he only recorded 28 total tackles and never had a sack. Goodman was cut during the 2016 season and was picked up by Seattle, where he only played one game before ultimately retiring. 

10. Lawrence Sidbury (2009)

The Richmond Spiders product ran an impressive 4.57 at The Combine and even scored his first NFL touchdown in his rookie season. However, he finished the season with only five tackles even though he appeared in all 16 games. Sidbury finished his career with 18 career tackles and five sacks — playing in Atlanta from 2009-2012 before bouncing around the league and retiring after 2015.

9. Sean Harlow (2017)

Harlow gets bonus points because he’s technically still on the roster even after being cut about 100 times. He’s served as a backup, but it’s telling that he hasn’t been able to seize a role on this offensive line with how horrible it’s been.

8. John Cominsky (2019)

I really like John Cominsky’s game, but he’s a massive question mark right now. I think he has the potential to have a breakout 2020 and could be a lot higher on this list in five years.

7. Levine Toilolo (2013)

The big Stanford tight end that the Falcons drafted before Austin Hooper — Toilolo was pretty average. Playing behind Tony Gonzalez to begin his career, Levine is still bouncing around the league due to his ability as a blocker. 

6. Justin Hardy (2015)

Justin Hardy was mostly a body and a return specialist in his time with Atlanta, but I always liked his game. The Falcons have let him hit the open market, and he should be given more opportunities as a receiver elsewhere.

5. Ito Smith (2018)

Smith has shown some promise in his young career, but with Todd Gurley, Brian Hill, and Qadree Ollison in the fold — he’s going to have to work for his reps this season after a 2019 campaign that was littered with injuries. 

4. Joe Hawley (2010)

Hawley lasted all four seasons of his rookie contract in Atlanta before signing in Tampa to be a starter in 2015. He was replaced by Ali Marpet in 2017 and had his team option declined in 2018. He retired from football after the cut. 

3. Kendall Sheffield (2019)

Sheffield had a promising rookie season, and Quinn recently said he thinks the former Buckeye can be the team’s No.1 cornerback. If he blossoms into that, he could end up at the top of this list. But for now, we cannot put him any higher after just one mediocre season. 

2. De’ Vondre Campbell (2016)

The only guy who gives our number one 4th rounder a run for his money — Campbell was a gem in the 4th, playing meaningful snaps for Atlanta during their Super Bowl run and pairing perfectly next to 2nd round pick Deion Jones. Campbell will be an excellent piece in Arizona’s defense.

1. Devonta Freeman (2014)

I’m sure there won’t be much debate as to who is number one on this list. 2014 gave us the worst 4th round pick and the best 4th round pick, which is so Falcons, it hurts. Even though he’s turned into a martyr for his missed block in the Super Bowl — he’s one of the best backs in team history

 

 

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