FALCONS SELECT EIGHT PLAYERS IN THE 2013 NFL DRAFT
Flowery Branch, GA – The Atlanta Falcons selected eight players in the 2013 NFL Draft, including Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant (22nd overall), Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford (60th overall), Clemson defensive end Mallichiah Goodman (127thoverall), Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo (133rd overall), Texas Christian defensive end Stansly Maponga (153rd overall), safety Kemal Ishmael (243rd overall), safety Zeke Motta (244thoverall), and quarterback Sean Renfree (249th overall ).
On day one, Atlanta traded its third round (92nd overall) and sixth round (198th overall) picks to St. Louis in exchange for the 22nd overall selection to move up and select Trufant.
Trufant, 5-11, 190 pounds, started 47 of 50 career games at the University of Washington posting 195 tackles (151 solo) with a school-record 39 passes defensed, 8.5 tackles for loss, and six interceptions. He also recovered five fumbles, including one which he returned 17 yards for a touchdown and added three forced fumbles. As a team captain in 2012, Trufant earned second-team All-American honors from the NFL Draft Report and Fox Sports as well as first-team All-Pac 12 honors after recording 36 tackles (27 solo) with nine passes defensed and one interception.
The Falcons selected Alford in the second round with the 60th overall pick on day two.
Alford, 5-10, 186 pounds, started 31 of 32 games at Southeastern Louisiana, recording 137 tackles (110 solo) with 20 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, six tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He also fielded nine punts for 104 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown. As a team captain in 2012, Alford was named the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Year by the College Sports Journal.
The Falcons selected six players on final day of the 2013 NFL Draft, including defensive end Mallichiah Goodman (127th overall) and tight end Levine Toilolo (133rd overall) in the fourth round, defensive end Stansly Maponga (153rd overall) in the fifth round, and safety Kemal Ishmael (243rd overall), safety Zeke Motta (244th overall), and quarterback Sean Renfree (249thoverall) in the seventh round.
Goodman, 6-4, 276 pounds, started 28 of 54 career games at Clemson, including each of his final 27 appearances, recording 127 tackles (70 solo) with 23 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery. His eight forced fumbles fell two shy of the Tigers record of 10 shared by Jeff Davis (1978-81) and Ed McDaniel (1988-91).
As a senior in 2012, he received All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention from the league’s coaches and media, and was named Clemson’s defensive player of the game in the Tigers Chick-fil-A Bowl win over LSU notching three sacks. Goodman finished the season with 20 tackles (11 solo), 9.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
In 2011, he set a school record for defensive linemen with 767 defensive snaps. Goodman recorded a career-high 49 tackles (25 solo) with four tackles for loss and two sacks. As a sophomore in 2010, he was the recipient of the team’s Future Impact Player Award after recording 32 tackles (17 solo) with 3.5 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, and one sack. Goodman was named Co-Defensive-Rookie-of-the-Year and a first-team freshman All-ACC selection in 2009. He attended Florence (S.C.) High School where he was a Parade and EA Sports All-America selection.
Toilolo, 6-8, 265 pounds, caught 50 passes for 763 yards (15.3 yards per catch) with 10 touchdowns in 31 career games at Stanford. He was an offensive mainstay as both a receiver and a blocker, earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors and the Cardinal’s T.E.A.M. Technician Award for technique, effort, attitude and mental discipline after catching 24 passes for 393 yards (16.4 yards per catch) with four touchdowns as a senior in 2012.
Toilolo also earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a junior after pulling down 25 receptions for 343 yards and a career-high six touchdowns in 2011. Toilolo graduated from Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, California, where he was labeled a four-star recruit by bothRivals and Scout.com. He has three uncles, Dan Saleaumua, Edwin Mulitalo and Joe Salave'a who played in the NFL.
Maponga, 6-2, 265 pounds, started 34 of 36 career games at TCU, recording 113 total tackles (63 solo) with 23 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and four passes defensed. As a senior in 2012, he was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team after logging 26 tackles (15 solo) with 6.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
In 2011, he was one of four players in the nation to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (5) and top 20 in sacks (9). Maponga also led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He added 55 total tackles (33 solo) and his five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Jerry Hughes led the nation with six in 2008.
Maponga earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.comand was a second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2010 after posting 32 tackles (15 solo) with 2.5 sacks. A Carrollton, Texas native, he was the District 6-5A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Hebron High School.
Ishmael, 6-0, 206 pounds, collared 368 total tackles (213 solo) with 9.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, six forced fumble, six fumble recoveries, and one sack in 53 career games at Central Florida. He was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-C-USA selection as a senior. Ishmael finished his career as the Knights all-time leader in tackles among defensive backs and is the just the third player in UCF history to lead the team in tackles three times during his career.
In 2012, he posted 124 total tackles (68 solo) with five tackles for loss, four passes defense, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles. Ishmael also closed out his Black and Gold career by starting his final 49 games and leading the Knights to the C-USA championship game.
As a junior in 2011, he earned All-C-USA honorable mention honors after starting all 12 games and posting a team-high 81 tackles (39 solo) with 2 three passes defensed and 2.5 tackles for loss. Ishmael was a first team All-C-USA performer during his sophomore season in 2010 finishing the season with a team-high 93 tackles (57 solo), five passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He appeared in 13 games with nine starts as a true freshman in 2009 and posted 70 tackles (49 solo) with one tackle for loss, one interception, one pass broken up, and one fumble recovery. Ishmael was also an All-Dade county performer at North Miami Beach High School.
Motta, 6-2, 215 pounds, started 29 of 51 career games at Notre Dame posting 179 tackles (94 solo) with four tackles for loss, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, and one half sack. He played in every game during his career with the Irish, including the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
As senior captian, Motta registered 77 tackles (39 solo), second most on Irish defense behind LB Manti Te'o, with two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. During his junior season in 2011, he played in all 13 games, including eight starts, and tallied 40 tackles, one interception, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Motta played in all 13 games with eight starts for the Irish as a sophomore in 2010 and posted 50 tackles (30 solo) with two passes defensed, 1.5 tackles for loss and one interception.
Motta was one of just three freshmen to play in every game in 2009. He played extensively on special teams and alternated between outside linebacker and safety logging 12 tackles (six solo), one half sack and one half tackle for loss.
Renfree, 6-5, 225 pounds, started 36 of 42 career games at Duke completing 898 of 1,389 pass attempts (64.7 percent) for 9,465 yards with 51 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. The two-year captain owns both the school’s single-season (67.3 in 2012) and career (64.7) records for completion percentage. He won the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award and the Pop Warner National College Football Award while also being named to the AFCA’s Good Works Team.
As a senior in 2012, he completed 297 of his 442 passes for 3,113 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while leading the Blue Devils to the Belk Bowl, their first bowl game since 1995. He started all 12 games and completed 282 of 434 passes (65 percent) for 2,891 with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Renfree started 11 of 12 games as a sophomore in 2010 completing 285 of 464 pass attempts (61.4 percent) for 3,131 yards with 14 touchdowns. He saw action in five games as a redshirt freshman in 2009. A Scottsdale, Arizona native, Renfree attended Notre Dame Prep where he was selected to the 2008 PARADE All-America team.
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