The Atlanta Falcons are likely in the market for linebacker depth in the 2017 NFL Draft. Veteran reserve linebacker Paul Worrilow has already signed a contract with the Detroit Lions. Phillip Wheeler and Sean Weatherspoon remain unsigned at this time. The team could look to the draft for potential sleeper selections in the late rounds or undrafted free agency.
Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff repeatedly talk about adding speed and physicality to their defense. It just so happens D’vonta Derricott from Arkansas Tech University possesses those two traits. The Falcons could bring Derricott in to compete for a reserve role on a very deep and talented roster.
Derricott, 6-1 and 225 pounds, hails from Richmond, Virginia. He was the third-rated JUCO linebacker nationally according to ESPN and transferred to Kansas State. He transferred between a few smaller schools and ultimately ended up at Arkansas Tech University where he was finally able to shine.
He recorded 98 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks during the 2016 season at Arkansas Tech. He tested fairly well at the NFL regional combine, recording a 4.68 and 4.72 40 yard dash. Like many players, he plays faster on the field than he times on a stopwatch.
D’vonta has spoken with all 32 teams, including the Falcons, and is eager to prove his worth to an NFL team. D’vonta told me, “I will bring leadership. I will help the guys around me be better players and give it my all to help the team win a super bowl. Football is my life.” All of those traits certainly fit the Falcons mold.