“What I did best (at TCU) was basically letting me rush the passer," Maponga said on Saturday. "(They gave me) the freedom to decide to stand up or stay down. Most of the time, I was a rush defensive end."
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Maponga will likely be positioned as a "pass rushing specialist" on the right side of the defensive line. Like a number of their picks, Dimitroff didn't anticipate Maponga to last as long as he did in the draft.
“As a right defensive end and a designated pass rusher, that’s where we envision Stansly Maponga situating," Dimitroff said. "It’ll be a great situation for him to come in there and work behind a guy like
After a long wait, the Falcons got back on the clock for a flurry of activity, beginning with their first two picks of the final round, back-to-back picks at 243 and 244. With the first selection they took University of Central Florida's
Dimitroff said both young safeties are aggressive, tough football players and they like what they saw in the varying skills of both safeties. The GM said Ishmael caught their eye with his consistency and described the safety as one of the surest tacklers in the class this year. With Motta in the mix, the Falcons get a bruising safety with size to step in and compete behind Atlanta's two Pro Bowlers at the position.
"It's going to be a whale of a competitive situation in the defensive backfield," Dimitroff said.
With their final pick, selection 249, the Falcons selected Duke QB
Dimitroff expects Renfree to compete with last year's third QB,
- Ishmael's UCF bio
- 2012 highlights from Ishmael
- UCF team captain video, featuring Ishmael
- Follow Ishmael on Twitter
- Motta's Notre Dame bio
- Follow Motta on Twitter
- Motta's NFL.com draft page
- Video of Motta highlights from 2012