Predicting Falcons’ final roster after first cuts: Defense
- Richie Grant
- Jaylinn Hawkins
- Erik Harris
The only surprise here is that the Falcons only keep around three cornerbacks, but if you were reading, then you probably know why they can afford to do this.
The answer comes in Teez Tabor, a defender who can play both corner and safety. He actually played safety in the first preseason game. It just allows them to bolster another position because of Tabor’s versatility.
The most exciting player in this group is Richie Grant. He looked awesome during training camp just because he has been the only one who can consistently cover Kyle Pitts. If you can cover Pitts then you can cover anyone. He is a legitimate breakout candidate going into his second year.
There is also reason to be excited about Jaylinn Hawkins. Last season he forced the coaching staff to play him more due to his ability to go make plays on the ball. This should be the year when he gets to play from the very first snap.
This also needs to be a trial period for the Falcons, you have two youngsters with limited experience, and you need to know what you have for the future. This is the season when you need to figure out if they are the long-term starters, or if you need to go out and find one or two more guys over the next offseason.
Then there is Erik Harris who started last year, but that should not be the case going into this season. He brings a steady presence and as well as steady play in case of injury or if one of the young guys needs a rest.