We have spent a lot of time talking about who the Atlanta Falcons should draft in the first couple of rounds, however, not much has been made about what to do in the third round. The Falcons can and should pick up an important depth piece and potential starter with their third round selection.
The Atlanta Falcons will need to take a CB at some point in the 2019 NFL draft. They released Robert Alford in the off-season and let Brain Poole hit free agency. The Falcons are getting back starting safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen but both had season ending injuries early in 2018. Alford signed with the Cardinals and Poole signed with the Jets.
Alford was a reliable corner, stepped up when he needed to, and one of the reasons the Falcons were able to go on their 2016 postseason run. Unfortunately for Alford, he regressed in 2018 and had the worst season of his career. Alford played opposite Desmond Trufant for many seasons but given his regression and cap hit; it was an easy decision for the Falcons to release him.
Brian Poole was solid in his nickel role for the Falcons. Poole ended up going undrafted in 2016 and proved he is a capable nickel corner in the NFL. Poole had his ups and down during the 2018 season. At first it was ugly, allowing defenders to get behind him and missing tackles.
In the second half of the season Poole played much better and looked like his 2016-2017 self. Not sure exactly why the Falcons let Poole go, however a nickel corner is one of the easier secondary positions to replace.
The current corners on the roster are Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Oliver, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Ryan Neal, and Taveze Calhoun. For an early prediction Trufant, Oliver, and Wreh-Wilson are going to be on the 53-man roster. Trufant and Oliver will be the two starters and Wreh-Wilson will be on special teams and provide a depth piece at corner. Outside of those three corner is looking thin so they need to find a nickel corner to replace Brian Poole and find another depth piece at corner that can play on the outside.