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Falcons keep focus on defense, take LSU LB Riley in 3rd

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons struck familiar themes when they again focused on defense high in the NFL draft and again selected a player from Louisiana State on Friday night.

The Falcons traded down, giving away their second-round pick, to select LSU linebacker Duke Riley in the third round. One year ago, the Falcons took LSU linebacker Deion Jones in the second round. In 2015, Atlanta picked LSU cornerback Jalen Collins in the second round.

The reliance on LSU defensive players is no mystery to Riley.

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Atlanta 1150.688
Tampa Bay 970.563
New Orleans 790.438
Carolina 6100.375
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: M. Ryan4944
Pass TDs: M. Ryan38
Rush Yds: D. Freeman1079
Rush TDs: D. Freeman11
Rec Yds: J. Jones1409
Rec TDs: T. Gabriel6
Int: D. Jones3
Sacks: V. Beasley Jr.15.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6653 (2)
Passing Yards: 4960 (2)
Rushing Yards: 1928 (5)
Points per game: 33.8 (1)
Yards per game: 415.8 (2)
Touchdowns: 58 (1)
Field Goals: 34 (4)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5939 (25)
Passing Yards: 4495 (28)
Rushing Yards: 1672 (17)
Points per game: 25.4 (27)
Yards per game: 371.2 (25)
Touchdowns: 46 (29)
Field Goals: 23 (8)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/25 J. Staten cut
4/24 T. Gabriel re-signed/rest FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/20 J. Matthews team exercises option Fifth-year option on rookie contract
4/14 R. White retired
4/10 G. Scantling signed
4/9 D. Trufant re-signed Five-year extension (through 2022)
3/31 C. Chester retired
3/30 B. Garland re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
3/30 C. Bykowski retired
3/21 H. Thornton signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries for this team
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