Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Missouri safety William Moore was a projected top-10 pick for the 2008 draft, but elected to return to school. He was slowed by a mid-ankle sprain and his stock dropped. He is a fierce hitter and plays well in coverage. He started his career as a nickel back. A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round 2/55 -- William Moore, SS, 6-1, 221, Missouri...At this time last year, Moore was projected to be a top-10 pick if he'd entered the 2008 draft. He was slowed by an ankle injury last season and his weight fluctuated. He's known as an intimidator who delivers punishing hits, but the Falcons timed him at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash. "He's a strong safety-slash-free safety. He definitely has the versatility. He is a downhill, blow you up, kind of tackler. He also has range. He's a mid-4-4 guy, so he also has speed. ... This guy definitely brings speed and urgency to our football team." - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout William Moore News
11/26/14 - S William Moore is set to return to full contact in practice this week and could play against the Cardinals on Sunday after missing the past seven games because of a shoulder injury.
"We will see how he makes it through the week," Falcons coach Mike Smith said Wednesday. "He will be eligible to return to game activity. If everything goes well, we sure will welcome him back with open arms because he's a very good player for us."
Moore was placed on short-term injured reserve after suffering the injury against the Vikings on Sept. 28 and returned to practice last week. NFL rules stipulate he must miss a minimum of eight weeks before playing in games.
The Falcons drafted Moore, 29, in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Missouri and he has been a starter since his second season. Last year the Falcons signed Moore to a five-year contract that included $14 million guaranteed.
Second-year safety Kemal Ishmael has started in place of Moore.
11/19/14 - S William Moore, currently on reserve/injured, designated for return, was declared as returned to practice Tuesday (Nov. 18), beginning a 21-day window where the Falcons can either activated him or keep him on reserve/injured for the rest of the season.
11/19/14 - SS William Moore (shoulder) returned to practice. He's expected to play against Arizona next week.
11/05/14 - SS William Moore has missed five weeks with a shoulder injury. He suffered the injury against Minnesota in the fourth game of the season. Moore, who was a Pro Bowl alternate after the 2012 season, must miss at least three more weeks after being placed on the short-term injured reserve list. Moore will not be eligible to practice for another week and can't play until two weeks after he begins practicing, which means he could return for the Cleveland game on November 23.
11/03/14 - SS William Moore has missed five weeks with a shoulder injury. He suffered the injury against Minnesota in the fourth game of the season. Moore, who was a Pro Bowl alternate after the 2012 season, must miss at least three more weeks after being placed on the short-term injured reserve list. Moore will not be eligible to practice for another week and can't play until two weeks after he begins practicing, which means he could return for the Cleveland game on Nov. 23.