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Brian Poole embracing competition, versatility on Falcons

Brian Poole embracing competition, versatility on Falcons
Published On: Fri, Jun 16
Dec 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (95) and cornerback Brian Poole (34) during a NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports



Brian Poole went from undrafted free agent to camp body to depth to key contributor for the 2016 Falcons. Now hes fending off competitors for his starting spot.

The University of Florida product didnt hear his name called in the 2016 NFL draft, but familiarity with Dan Quinn, once his defensive coordinator in Gainesville, prompted a reunion. Poole fought his way into the nickel spot, going from afterthought to accumulating snaps on a Super Bowl team.

As another athletic, versatile piece of Quinns defensive unit, Poole will see time at cornerback and safety in 2017.

Wherever the team needs me at, he said. Thats not really my call. My job is to come out and execute wherever they put me. I just want to polish up on, you know, every aspect of my game. Really just put it all together.

Scouting reports hammered Pooles size, tackling ability, speed and his general physical tools. His size was a legitimate red flag: 5-foot-9, 210 pounds. He was under the radar in part because of Floridas unparalleled secondary depth, featuring 2016 first-round picks Vernon Hargreaves III and Keanu Neal.

Poole made an unexpected uptick from the moment he hit the practice field, according to his head coach. He won Quinn over in camp, earning first-team reps at the start of August.

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