Florida’s Brian Poole agrees to free agent deal with Atlanta Falcons

BRIAN POOLE
FLORIDA
5-foot-9, 210 pounds, CB

Brian Poole #24 of the Florida Gators warms up before the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ben Hill Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Brian Poole #24 of the Florida Gators warms up before the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ben Hill Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Brian Poole went unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft but agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent.

Bio:

Poole arrived to Florida as a five-star recruit, according to Scout. The Bradenton native began to make a noticeable impact for the Gators as a sophomore with 32 tackles and two interceptions during the 2013 season. But Poole’s best season came as a junior when he split time as a cornerback and nickelback, finishing the 2014 season with 45 tackles and a team-high four interceptions to go along with 10 pass breakups. As a senior last season, Poole played primarily as a nickelback and totaled 40 tackles and 10 pass breakups. He did not receive an invite to the NFL Combine.

Scouting report:

According to NFL.com, Poole is at his best in zone coverage and plays with a high football intelligence. But his 5-foot-9 stature is an issue, as Poole struggles to defend high throws. Poole will likely need to make it as a slot cornerback in the NFL. Analysts predict Poole to be a seventh-round pick or a priority free agent.

NFL Combine results:

Did not receive an invite to the combine.

“He’s physical, aggressive, fast and can run. He can do it all. I just can’t wait until he gets his chance and he can show the world what he can do.” — Former Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.

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