Falcons get another likely starter

April, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

I've said all along, the Falcons needed to get two immediate defensive starters out of this draft. I think they've done that.

The addition of Missouri safety William Moore in the second round should fill what was Atlanta's only real remaining hole in the starting lineup. The Falcons aren't about to give up on second-year pro Thomas DeCoud, but Moore's draft status and physical skills probably will make him the starter at strong safety.

That spot was wide open when veteran Lawyer Milloy was released after last season. Moore is a physical player with a lot of upside and adding him was a very wise move because the Falcons are going to have to deal with tight ends like New Orleans' Jeremy Shockey and Tampa Bay's Kellen Winslow on a regular basis.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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