Soon to be stars: Kroy Biermann

Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson looks at NFC South players on the verge of a breakout in 2011.

BiermannBiermannMany see defensive end as a massive need position still for the Falcons. While I wouldn’t be critical if the Falcons were aggressive in signing a guy like Charles Johnson or Ray Edwards to complement John Abraham, I suggest that the pairing of Kroy Biermann and Jamaal Anderson is more than adequate opposite Abraham.

Anderson seems to have hit his ceiling as a solid base end who plays the run well but is a limited pass-rusher, but I feel Biermann is on the cusp of breaking out.

Even if the Falcons were to spend big money on a free-agent defensive end, Biermann still could have a major impact as a rotational player and the likely successor to Abraham. And given Abaraham’s age, cutting down his snap count would be a wise move to keep all pass-rushers fresh as Atlanta prepares for what it hopes will be a deep playoff run.

Biermann is a tough guy who plays the run well, and while he isn’t the biggest end, he can hold the point and force outside runs back to the middle of the field. He also makes plays in pursuit thanks to better-than-advertised speed and a motor that never stops.

Rushing the passer is what Biermann does best, though. He has yet to record more than five sacks in a season and had just three last season, but his overall disruptiveness shows up on film.

Some might take the glass-half-empty view and say Biermann comes up short when getting after the quarterback, but in reality he is creating pressure that forces the quarterback to move his feet when he doesn’t want to and results in poor throws. And he should only get better with experience.

Biermann already has three years of NFL experience under his belt, and at only 25 years old and he should continue to develop his skills. He’s also played in every game in his three seasons, and it won’t be long before his production matches his potential.

Scouts Inc. watches games, breaks down film and studies football from all angles for ESPN.com.