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Rookie DE Malliciah Goodman brings long reach, strong hands to boost Falcons' pass rush

The Atlanta Falcons are counting on Malliciah Goodman causing problems for quarterbacks with his long arms and strong hands.

The fourth-round pick from Clemson was one of two defensive ends taken by Atlanta. The Falcons drafted TCU's Stansly Maponga in the fifth round, and the first-year players had their first NFL workouts in Saturday's rookie camp.

After releasing sacks leader John Abraham, the Falcons signed free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora from the Giants. Goodman has a chance to start with Umenyiora.

Goodman impressed scouts by using his unusually long arms and strong hands to deflect blockers. He is listed as 6-foot-4 and 276 pounds, and his arms measure 36 3/8 inches — the longest of any defensive lineman at the NFL combine.