You could make the argument that 2020 was Isaiah Oliver’s best year as an Atlanta Falcon. The move inside to become a full-time slot corner has changed the narrative from “draft bust” to “draft disappointment” which is a small victory.
Oliver is the current favorite to sub in when the Atlanta Falcons play their nickel packages and, if he stays on the team, will likely continue in that role. The team could save $2.183 million if they are able to find a trade partner for him, though.
The Atlanta Falcons have no shortage of players who could play there either. Kendall Sheffield has experience at the position, although he spent most of his time on the outside last season. New signing Fabian Moreau played inside a lot during his time in Washington but is being penciled in as a starter on the outside.
Oliver’s biggest competition may come from fourth-round pick Darren Hall. Hall lacks experience playing in the slot but he’s a playmaker. If the offense is as good as we think it could be then a player like Hall, who has shown the ability to make plays on the ball, could be a risk worth taking.
Oliver is a relatively inexpensive CB3 but if he falls any lower than that on the depth chart then the writing could be on the wall.