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Falcons sign third-round pick OLB DeAngelo Malone

5/25/2022 1:54:24 PM
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One of the players who will be tasked with aiding a Falcons pass rush, DeAngelo Malone is under contract, Sam Robinson of Pro Football Rumors reports The Falcons signed the third-round pick Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson of ProFootball Network.

Atlanta drafted Malone 82nd overall out of Western Kentucky, where the five-year Hilltoppers contributor shined as a pass rusher. The Falcons collected that No. 82 overall pick by trading Matt Ryan to the Colts in March.

The second of the Falcons’ two third-rounders, chosen eight spots after Desmond Ridder, Malone joined the quarterback in playing a big role for a Group of Five team. Malone dominated at the Conference USA program, registering 20.5 tackles for loss in 2019 and 17.5 last season. Over the past four seasons years, Malone registered 31.5 sacks. He won CUSA’s Defensive Player of the Year award twice — in 2019 and ’21 — and used his COVID-19-enabled year to better his draft stock. It probably worked, and Malone will have an immediate opportunity to contribute for a Falcons team not exactly flooded with proven edge rushers.

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