They added three more signings to the pot for good measure. The Falcons announced that fourth-round defensive end Malliciah Goodman, fifth-round defensive end Stansly Maponga and seventh-round safety Zeke Motta have all agreed to contracts as well.
Goodman had 12 sacks during his career at Clemson and projects to be a versatile enough player to line up inside on passing downs to help pressure opposing quarterbacks. He’ll compete with Kroy Biermann across from Osi Umenyiora.
Maponga is the latest in a line of late-round attempts to find pass rushing help by the Falcons. He had nine sacks in 2011 at TCU, but a foot injury helped him slump to just four in 2012. Even with Umenyiora around as John Abraham’s replacement up front, the team could use a little more bite in the pass rush so Maponga could work his way into the mix on passing downs with a strong camp.
Like many seventh-rounders, special teams is likely to be Motta’s ticket to the final roster. The same’s true of Ishmael, which may mean the two of them are fighting for one spot.