This one may seem a little controversial, but who else do the Atlanta Falcons have that can play well as a starter at middle linebacker than Paul Worrilow. With William Moore’s release from the team, Worrilow may end up being the captain of the Atlanta Falcons defense should he return in 2016. He already wears the green dot for defensive play calling on that side of the ball.
Sure, Worrilow isn’t going to help this team in pass defense, but he is a great tackler and is a regular contributor in stopping the run. He played better in 2015 at a lighter weight than he did when he was bulkier his first two years in the league.
Because he is a former undrafted free agent, Paul Worrilow will certainly cost less than some other middle linebackers available on the free agent market this spring. Worrilow has been a starter all three years with the Atlanta Falcons, first out of necessity, but later because he was better than everybody else on the inside.
While his ceiling as an NFL player isn’t much higher than where his skill set already is, the Atlanta Falcons know what they are getting in Paul Worrilow, both as a player and as a leader on the defensive side of the football. He will bring value to the team in his fourth professional season in 2016.