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The Atlanta Falcons Draft Notre Dame Linebacker Prince Shembo 139th Overall

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Most experts had Prince Shembo destined to be drafted late but he becomes another Irish player to surprise sneaking inside the 4th round with a selection by the Atlanta Falcons and the 139th pick overall.

Like many of his teammates also hearing their names called, Shembo had a very impressive 2012 and a somewhat disappointing 2013. The four-year player began his career trying to play the drop outside linebacker position as a true freshman but moved to the pass rushing role from this sophomore year onward.

Shembo blossomed in his role as an undersized pass rusher in the beginning of 2012 with a strong game against Michigan. From there he was a steady force against the run and solid athlete in space. Over his final two years at Notre Dame he totaled 99 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks.

Congratulations to Prince and his family! You can read more about Shembo's pick on SB Nation's Atlanta Falcons blog The Falcoholic.