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Atlanta signs two draft picks
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The Atlanta Falcons signed fifth round draft selection William Middleton and seventh round pick Vance Walker on Friday. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Middleton a 5-11, 194-pounds cornerback was the first of two draft picks (138th overall) for the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Atlanta native graduated from Furman University and finished his collegiate career with 194 tackles (97 solo), seven interceptions, 26 passes defensed, five sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, four fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

As a team captain of the Paladins in 2008, Middleton collected 95 tackles, 13 passes defensed, five sacks and four interceptions. He was voted the Conference Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in a 34-20 victory over The Citadel.

Middleton was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year selection in high school. He tallied 148 tackles and 10 interceptions while setting a school record with a 103-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Walker, 6-2, 293 pounds, attended Georgia Tech and accumulated 110 tackles,13.0 sacks (15th in school history), 26.5 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles in 49 career games for the Yellow Jackets.

In his 2008 senior campaign, he was voted a first-team All-ACC selection for the second consecutive year after posting 33 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Walker was also selected as a preseason All-America selection by Sports Illustrated and the ACC Midseason Defensive MVP according to
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