The Falcons went with a local product by selecting Georgia inside linebacker Akeem Dent with their third round selection (91st overall).
Dent was a productive, tackling machine for the Georgia Bulldogs this past year, recording 126 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks playing inside in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme. He previously played strongside outside linebacker when Georgia had their 4-3 scheme prior to 2010. It’s likely that Dent will be able to add depth at both MIKE and SAM linebacker. Dent brings a comparable physical swagger and playing style as other current Falcon linebackers like Curtis Lofton, Sean Weatherspoon, and Stephen Nicholas.
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