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Third Round Picks Jackson and Decoud Sign Four-Year Deals

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The Falcons have come to terms with two of their third-round picks, as today the team signed third-round cornerback Chevis Jackson and third-round safety Thomas DeCoud.  Both players get four-year deals.

Here is the Bio on Jackson from Scout.com:

Talented young cornerback who came out of the spring as a starter on defense for the Tigers … Goes into the 2005 season listed as LSU’s starter at right cornerback … Gained a great deal of confidence and knowledge last year playing behind Corey Webster and Travis Daniels, both NFL Draft picks in 2005 … Player with good speed and exceptional covering ability.

Here’s the same for DeCoud from NFLDraftCountdown:

Strengths:
Very good natural athlete…Has terrific size with long arms…Does an excellent job versus the run…Physical and aggressive…Reliable tackler who can deliver the big hit…Has fluid hips to turn and run in coverage..Fantastic range…Still improving…Is versatile with experience at safety and cornerback…A outstanding special teamer.

Weaknesses:
Timed speed is just average…Doesn’t have great instincts..Needs to keep his pad level down…Lacks a burst to recover…Sub par hands and ball skills…He’ll have to bulk up…Prone to biting on fakes…Inexperienced and is still learning the position.

Notes:
Began his college career as a cornerback and only moved to safety in 2005…Does it all on special teams (blocks kicks, covers) and could play in the league based on that skill alone…A developing prospect who still has some upside…A well-rounded player and is one of the top senior safeties available..Should at the absolute least be a top-notch backup and he definitely has the potential to start at the pro level.


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