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Smith Loves the Linebackers in the 09 Draft

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Falcons coach Mike Smith is giddy about linebackers when it comes to the 2009 NFL Draft. Here is the report:

Falcons coach Mike Smith talked about the linebackers for USC, who are eligible for the draft. At least two of them could be on the board when the Falcons select with the 24th pick in the draft. Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga are being projected to go early in the first round. Clay Matthews Jr., who’s father played for the Falcons, and Kaluka Maiava will be available at 24. Maiava is not generally considered a first round pick and could be taken later in the draft. “They are very impressive,” Smith said. “There are four guys that are definitely going to have an opportunity to play in the NFL. It’s been well documented that there are going to be some guys that get drafted very early.”

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