FLOWERY BRANCH — Damontae Kazee was excited to say the least when he found out he was selected in the fifth round (149 overall) by the Atlanta Falcons. He said he was ready to get to Atlanta immediately. Falcons fans should be excited about Kazee’s 15 interceptions over his last two seasons at San Diego State.
The 5-foot-11 corner may seem a bit undersized, but there’s nothing wrong with his ballhawking resume. Kazee said those results were from a huge adjustment made a few years back.
My first two years I was expected to turn around and make the interception, but I never did,” said Kazee. ” I practiced on that — turning around and looking for the ball. Now I have a high IQ with the ball.
He’ll get a chance to show off those ball skills during rookie minicamp, but where will Kazee fit in on the Falcons’ defense? Either safety or nickel back, he said the Falcons told him.
“I’ve played nickel back in all-stars,” said Kazee. “Nickel back is just like corner, but you’re taking on the fastest wide receivers. I played safety at San Diego State when I didn’t have a wide receiver on my side. When I don’t have a wide receiver on my side I’d go to safety.”