The Falcons traded their second, fifth-round pick to the Cowboys for the 176th and 210th pick in the draft.
Middleton was an All-American in 2008 and a three-year starter. He recorded 95 tackles, five sacks, four interceptions and nine pass breakups as a senior.
“We had our eye on him after an all-star game,” Director of Player Personnel Les Snead said soon after the pick. “Then we brought him in for our local workout. He ran fast. He’s a guy that runs in the 4.4s. He’s a strong-built kid that made plays at Furman but really it was the speed that intrigued us about this kid.”
Middleton was one of many local players the Falcons took a look at. He also watched the team when it held training camp at Furman his freshman season.
“Anytime you can play in your hometown, especially in a city like Atlanta, it’s more than a blessing,” he said.
Middleton was voted team MVP last season, an honor the Falcons did not overlook.
“I think when you get elected team MVP that means you have intangibles,” Snead said. “That means your team, or whoever is voting sees something. Usually that means something more than stats and intangibles.
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