Lofton was the Falcons’ second-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft. Since being drafted, Lofton has been the Falcons’ starting middle linebacker.
With Lofton, you’re getting a stout run defender who’ll rack up tackles but won’t make many game-changing plays. His lateral speed has already been adversely affected after already undergoing two knee surgeries by age 25. He’s been dubbed as a two-down player, and despite the coaches desperately wanting him to be a three-down linebacker, he never became that. At least it’ll give the Falcons a chance to take the defense in a different direction.
Lofton was one of my favorite Falcons. Unfortunately, now that he’s a member of the Falcons’ biggest rival, he’s officially dead to me.