A glimpse into the Atlanta secondary


The Atlanta Falcons have overhauled their secondary over the last few seasons. Electing to draft two rookies with their first two selections in the 2013 Draft, Atlanta made the notion that their veterans were not doing a good enough job. This offseason, Asante Samuel was one of the first members of the secondary to get his walking papers, and he may not be the last. Thomas DeCoud, veteran safety out of Cal, has had his ups and downs playing in the Atlanta secondary. His ability to fill space is what allowed him to become a pro bowler in 2012, however, his mediocre tackling is one of the reasons the Falcons could not get off the field on third down. Atlanta could upgrade the safety position via free agency with a playmaker like Jarius Bryd. Unfortunately, Byrd will first have to make it to the open market. The Bills cannot afford to let a standout free safety go without a fight. The Falcons could save around $4.0 million in cap by cutting DeCoud, but is it worth the gamble? Stay tuned. On the other side of the field, William Moore is quickly becoming an impactful defensive threat. He is one of those guys that you can hear hit, and that sound is poetry to Falcon fans’ ears. He will not be going anywhere anytime soon. Moore is a linebacker mentality at the strong side position.

Desmond Trufant, the first round pick for Atlanta last season, had an unbelievable rookie campaign. Trufant has made his presence known throughout the NFL, and is quickly rising as one of the league’s top young corners. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the seventh most productive defensive back in the NFL last season. Unfortunately, a good secondary does not guarantee success. Atlanta could really improve their defense by adding some defensive pass rush. This alone, would help these young defensive backs ease into the rigors of Sunday football. Now that Asante Samuel is gone, Robert Alford will be called upon to step up on the other side of the field. The second round selection spent time on the perimeter and flourished in the nickel. If Trufant and Alford can hold their own on the perimeter Atlanta will be very dangerous next season. Atlanta has a tough decision to make regarding their safety situation, it is one that will be made fairly soon. How do you feel about your secondary Falcon fans? Is there a incoming rookie that you think could help in the middle rounds?

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  • Heath

    Atlanta should sign Hardy. Pass on the Cincy DE because he is not a big pass rusher! Byrd has to enter the market and hopefully he commits with Atlanta. If he does, we cut DeCoud, sign Byrd, cut some lineman, sign hardy, and acquire OL in the draft

  • Mike Byers

    There is more than enough cap space for the Falcons to do a number of different options. I am not as high on Johnson as some are. I also would be surprised if Hardy leaves, but Carolina let Peppers go in his prime.