Falcons selected Wisconsin S Dezmen Southward with the No. 68 overall pick in the NFL draft.
Southward (6-foot 1/4, 211) made 30 starts for the Badgers, recording 11.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and four forced fumbles. He turned heads at Wisconsin's Pro Day, scorching a 4.38 forty with a 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Southward lacks ideal ball skills, but is a plus-sized safety with experience covering college slot receivers, smarts (31 Wonderlic), and can fill in the alley. Southward figures to open his career on special teams, but offers many starting-caliber straits. He'll push Dwight Lowery in training camp to start at free safety, across from SS William Moore.