The 20th ranked Falcons player is defensive end Kroy Biermann. Click here for the scoring system to explain his ranking.
Total Score: 54
Player Grade: 58 out of 100
Teams he could start for: 8 out of 32
Teams he is best position player: 2 out of 32
Teams he could find role on: 30 out of 32
Peak-Year Bonus: +1
Positional Bonus: +4
Biermann is expected to stand atop the Falcons depth chart at defensive end again in 2013. Biermann gets a lot of criticism from Falcon fans considering that he is not a great pass rusher. But Biermann is fairly consistent with the production he does provide, which given the Falcons concerns at the position is a positive.
Biermann’s role in 2013 could be expanded some with him being featured more as a linebacker, dropping in coverage. Biermann performed that role last year, shining in the nickel as a player that could drop in coverage down the center of the field much like a middle linebacker in a Tampa-2 scheme. Biermann also was arguably the team’s most consistent run defender among their defensive linemen last year. Biermann’s versatility and relative consistency will make him an asset in Mike Nolan’s scheme due to his usage of multiple fronts. Because of that, that gives Nolan more flexibility with how he can use Osi Umenyiora and Jonathan Massaquoi, potentially maximizing their pass rush potential in the hopes that they can provide the much-needed spark.
Biermann also adds value on special teams. So while he may not be the ideal long-term starter for the Falcons off the edge, he is likely to have continued value as a role player even if he only has a few more peak years left.