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10. Curtis Lofton

Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) carries against New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Like David Hawthorne earlier, Curtis Lofton showed he can be a leader in the middle of the defense against Atlanta.

Lofton recorded five total tackles for the second-highest tally on the team and made things look easy in the new scheme. There’s some work to do against the run still, but Lofton instilled some confidence in the middle.