Atlanta Falcons: Latest mock projects cornerback to Falcons


The latest FanSided mock draft projects cornerback Tre’Davious White to the Atlanta Falcons.

Could the Atlanta Falcons look to bolster the secondary with the 17th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft? It’s certainly possible the Falcons look to shore up the pass defense further by adding another piece at cornerback.

In the latest FanSided NFL mock draft, cornerback Tre’Davious White was projected to the Falcons in the first round:

"“The selection of Tre’Davious White might make Atlanta fans groan – after all, how many times can the team pick a cornerback only to watch it fizzle out (such has been the case for the past few drafts). Only a junior, White has been mum on his decision about whether to return to school or not, and will likely announce in the upcoming week.Should he come out, he is an interesting selection. He’s on the smaller side for corners, but what he lacks in height White makes up for with athleticism. He’s played against some of the game’s top receivers over the past two seasons – Amari Cooper and Laquon Treadwell to name a couple – and is battle-tested.”"

It sure might not be the most pressing of needs for the Falcons, but you can never have enough talented cornerbacks in the NFL. The Falcons already have one of the best in the league with Desmond Trufant, and Robert Alford is coming off the back of an up-and-down 2015 season. Jalen Collins, selected in the second round of last year’s draft, will be expected to make a jump in his second season.

So would White be a good pick? If he’s the top of the Falcons’ draft board, sure.

Cornerback has become a premier position on defense in the NFL, and this is especially true in the pass-happy NFC South. The Falcons have to contend with Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Jameis Winston twice a year, all capable of picking secondaries apart.

Teams tend to avoid Trufant when possible, and the Falcons could benefit from adding another strong piece to the secondary to help Dan Quinn build a unit closer resembling the one he had in Seattle.

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Yes, the Falcons need pass rushers, but as the Arizona Cardinals prove, a strong secondary can take you a long way.

What’s your thoughts, Falcons fans?