Young and faster than 2014? An in-depth look – Atlanta Falcons News

Young and faster than 2014? An in-depth look – Atlanta Falcons News

Taking a look at the Atlanta Falcons defense and how much it’s changed just since the 2014 season

As of late, a lot could be said about the Atlanta Falcons defense. Some may say they’re underachievers, some may say they’re underrated. Two things that everyone can agree on though, is that this team is young and fast. Below, we’ll take a look on how the 2014 squad compares to the current front seven in those aspects. Name, followed by height, weight, 40 yard dash, and age.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 9: Quarterback Paxton Lynch #12 of the Denver Broncos loses the ball while pursued by outside linebacker Vic Beasley #44 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Defensive Line

First and foremost, there are no defensive linemen currently on the roster who was on the roster in 2014. For linemen, I’ll add in their bench presses at the combine as well.

2014 linemen:

  • Kroy Biermann 6’3, 255 (4.75) (29 bench reps) 29 years old.
  • Paul Soliai 6’4, 345 (5.02) (didn’t bench)  31 years old.
  • Jonathan Babineaux 6’2, 300 (4.87) (21 bench reps) 33 years old.
  • Tyson Jackson 6’4, 295 (4.94) (didn’t bench) 29 years old.

Current linemen:

  • Takk McKinley  6’2, 250 (4.59) (24 bench reps*) 21 years old.
  • Dontari Poe 6’3 330 (4.98) (44 bench reps) 26 years old.
  • Grady Jarrett 6’1, 305 (5.06) (30 bench reps) 24 years old.
  • Vic Beasley 6’3, 246 (4.53) (35 bench reps) 25 years old.

(* Takk had a shoulder injury )

So looking at the comparisons, the oldest projected starting lineman is 26 years old, whilst in 2014,…

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