Could Dominique Franks deliver a season that rivals Brandon Carr's rookie campaign? (source: YardBarker)

Best Case Scenario: Falcons' Cornerback Dominique Franks

(source: YardBarker)

Part One: Shann Schillinger
Part Two: Kerry Meier

Part three of our seven-part series detailing the best case scenarios for the Atlanta Falcons’ 2010 draft picks continues with their other fifth round draft pick: Cornerback Dominique Franks.

Using data from the last 10 NFL drafts (2000-2009), I focused on cornerbacks drafted in the fifth round to give us an idea of what Franks’ ideal rookie season might look like. What have players, who play his position and were drafted in the same round, done in the last 10 years?

Hit the jump for the comparison.

Top rookie campaigns for fifth round Cornerbacks since 2000.

Player Team Year Stats
Pat Dennis Chiefs 2000 Started 13 games for a 7-9 team. Recorded one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 60 tackles.
Brandon Carr Chiefs 2008 Started 16 games for a 2-14 team. Recorded two interceptions, six pass defenses, two fumble recoveries and 70tackles.

Ordinarily, a rookie cornerback joining a team that ranked 28th in the league in passing yards could find himself starting right away. However, the Falcons’ secondary is a crowded bunch with injured bodies now healthy and the free agent Dunta Robinson taking over one spot.

Will Franks start any games this year? Will he be used strictly in Nickel packages? Will his rookie season be spent solely on special teams?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or continue the conversation on Twitter.

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