The Atlanta Falcons, despite their heartbreaking playoff exit, have to feel fairly pleased with their 2012 campaign. Throughout the season, they were one of the top teams in the NFL. However, to get over that hump and truly contend for a Super Bowl, they need to become slightly more well-rounded.
Now that the draft and free agency period has come and gone, the 2013 version of the Falcons are starting to take shape. Perhaps the two biggest wildcards at the moment are the two highest picks from the draft: Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.
Many had Trufant pegged for the Falcons before the draft started, but the team shocked some to take another cornerback in Alford so quickly. Already being called the next dynamic duo for the team, can they both make an immediate impact?
For the last several seasons, the offense has been the side of the ball that has carried the Falcons. They ranked in the bottom third of the NFL in opponent’s passing yards and rushing yards, which put pressure on Matt Ryan and company to score quite a bit. It seems almost certain that the Falcons D will be a better bet in fantasy football in 2013.
At this stage of practices, and heading into training camp, it seems like a foregone conclusion that at least one of the two rookies will start in Week 1. Thanks to being in the same division as Drew Brees and Cam Newton, they could also use three cornerbacks a lot, which would mean both could start in those games.
Veteran playmaker Asante Samuel figures to be one of the locks to be a starter at cornerback, but after that, none of the returners have an edge over the two rookies. Robert McClain has some talent, but he will mostly be used for depth in 2013. What used to be a weakness for the squad could now be a strength. In order to stay competitive against the top passing teams, the team hopes that both rookies pan out and can contribute as the next big dynamic duo in Atlanta
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