With the 2018 time mercifully in the rearview mirror, we can seem back again and reminisce as we wait for the NFL time to greet us after once again in September.
For the handful of previous handful of weeks I have been counting down the five ideal offensive gamers of 2018 for the Falcons. This new collection will do the exact same issue, but concentrate on what was the weaker aspect of the ball for the Birds this calendar year — the defense.
Devastating injuries to commence the marketing campaign weren’t overcome, as Atlanta fielded a putrid 28th-rated defense in the NFL. Still, even during the struggles, contributors caught out from the group, and at least gave Atlanta a opportunity on the defensive close.
This will be a weekly countdown of the Falcons’ five ideal defensive gamers of 2018, likely in purchase from fifth to initially. You can discover No. 5 here.
Below is the fourth-ideal defensive participant for the Atlanta Falcons from this previous time
Taken in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, with the 200th pick, Foyesade Oluokun wasn’t expected to be everything far more than a specific teams contributor in his rookie time. A string of unlucky circumstances propelled him into a starting off job at center linebacker, on the other hand, and he far more than held his have.
Deion Jones breaking his foot and currently being positioned on hurt reserve after Week 1’s matchup versus Philadelphia moved Oluokun into a outstanding job in the center of the defense right from the commence — a kind of baptism by fireplace if you will.
Oluokun ended up taking part in 525 snaps in his rookie calendar year, far far more than a sixth-rounder is expected to acquire from any group. With individuals snaps, he ended up top the group with 67 tackles and 31 run stops. Some lousy did occur with the superior, on the other hand, as he also led the group in missed tackles with 16.
Coverage was one more blended bag for the Yale alum, as Oluokun gave up an 84.4% completion proportion when focused (38 finished receptions versus 45 full targets) — the greatest on the group out of all gamers who faced double digit targets. But he gave up just 9.1 yards per reception — the third-least expensive on the group among all gamers who faced double digit targets.
Oluokun was a excellent soldier this time and he stepped in and offered stable rotational play when named up. Professional Soccer Target graded him out as the team’s ideal linebacker not named Deion Jones.
Just like with Takk McKinley final 7 days, on the other hand, this is one more scenario of Oluokun locating himself on this list just about by default, for the reason that Atlanta’s defensive gamers were so lousy final time. Although, I can comfortably say that Oluokun completely exceeded anticipations in his rookie time, based mostly on what round he was picked in.
With one more total NFL offseason beneath his belt and the comfort and ease obtained from starting off a amount of video games in his rookie calendar year, Oluokun will continue to be a relied on contributor in Dan Quinn’s defense moving ahead.