After reading the names of undrafted free agents that had been connected with the Atlanta Falcons, some fans fretted that the team wasn't focusing enough on defense, which appeared to be its weaker side after the NFL Draft. Especially upon hearing the news that defensive end Ryan Winterswyk will be converted to tight end.
Welp, here are a couple of defenders for you. Knoxville sports radio host Josh Ward reports Tennessee Volunteers LB LaMarcus Thompson will join the Falcons, while Notre Dame Fighting Irish CB Darrin Walls broke his own news of Atlanta-boundedness.
Lithonia native Thompson played all four years for the Vols, mostly on special teams until his junior year. He racked up 59 total tackles as a senior, including nine in a grueling road loss to LSU. He also had a fourth quarter, touchdown-saving interception in that game. As a high schooler, he was two-time All-Georgia.
Walls picked off three passes in 2010, and stays very busy against the run, compiling 102 career tackles and even a couple tackles for loss per season. As his numbers suggest, he's strong and obnoxious at the line, but can be too aggressive in pass coverage.
Updated list of reported Falcons UFAs: