Player Profile: Kroy Biermann

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Many people have never heard of Kroy Biermann and in my opinion he is one of the most underrated players on our team. He was a fifth round pick (154 overall) in 2008 and has shown an exceptional motor and power to get to the quarterback in the chances that he has been given. Kroy Biermann was drafted out of Montana where he played 52 games racking up 32 sacks and 220 tackles playing all four years in college even as a true freshman. He won the Buck Buchanan his senior year, Big Sky defensive MVP, and was first team All-American for Division I football. His draft stock fell due to lack of size (241 lbs), but the Falcons saw his intelligence, raw power, and versatility and decided to take a chance on him.

Biermann saw little playing time in his rookie year, but still managed to get two sacks and 14 tackles. However, after a full NFL offseason training regiment Biermann put on a good bit of muscle to compliment his 6’3″ frame and the added time with the Falcons D Line coach made a huge difference in Biermann’s second year. Biermann racked up two sacks in our 2009 opener and managed to finish the season tied for second for most sacks on the team with 5. Biermann won the starting job in Week 6 taking over the always disappointing Jamaal Anderson.

After adding no further DE’s during this year’s offseason it is safe to say that Coach Mike Smith has full confidence in the third year DE from Montana. Biermann is now listed at 265 lbs, so the size problem is no longer an excuse and Biermann has shown his speed and quickness during the first three preseason managing 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in limited playing time. These results have me excited for this upcoming year when last year’s pass rush was almost non-existent. So what can we expect from Biermann this year? I’m hoping at least double digit sacks from him, but a lot of this depends on our pass coverage this year, so the results might not reflect Biermann and the D line’s effort for this year. Be back after our final preseason game.

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