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Kazee Earns Spot on Kiper's Early-Impact Rookies List

Creating turnovers on defense is a staple of Dan Quinn's program and he and general manager Thomas Dimitroff continue to build their roster with that in mind.

That's exactly why Atlanta has the potential to be the perfect landing spot for defensive back Damontae Kazee.

In two seasons at San Diego State, Kazee recorded 15 interceptions. His eight interceptions in the 2015 season tied for the second-most interceptions in the FBS.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper believes Kazee's ball-hawking ability could make him a contributor for the Falcons right away.

"He catches interceptions like a receiver," Kiper said. "I said before the draft that I think he'll have a better career than some of the guys drafted in the second round. I still believe that. He'll be a solid slot corner for the Falcons, who hit a home run in last year's draft with Deion Jones and Keanu Neal and found a hidden gem in undrafted corner Brian Poole, who ended up as the nickelback."

Atlanta's defense recorded 12 interceptions in the 2016 regular season, which was 18th in the league, an area Dimitroff sees Kazee being able to help in with his knack for the ball.

"He has really nice ball skills and he's a very quick underneath guy who is really, really aggressive, comes up to support very well in the run game and also has a very good knack of locating the ball," Dimitroff said of Kazee. "He's a very smart football player, he's one of those guys I think is going to fit in with our secondary and defense and Dan's style and Marquand Manuel's style of playing defense."

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