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Will the Falcons trade up to get a cornerback?
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By D. Orlando Ledbetter
We’re gearing up for the stretch run to the NFL draft, which is set for April 25-27.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s position- by-position draft series starts on Sunday with a look at Alabama’s Dee Milliner and check on the top 10 corners in the draft. Michael Cunningham will drop some knowledge on the safeties Monday as we’ve split up some of the position groups this season.
The Falcons are in the cornerback after parting ways with three of their top five corners. They cut Dunta Robinson, who signed with the Chiefs, and they let Brent Grimes (Miami) and Christopher Owens (Cleveland) walk in free agency.
The team’s top three corners are Asante Samuels, Robert McClain and Dominique Franks.
A study of general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s drafts reveals he’s going to make a trade and it may be a very big one to move up and get a corner.
But which one?
Does he go all the way into the top five to get Milliner or into the top 20 to get Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes or Washington’s Desmond Trufant?
Trufant has been in for a visit and clearly won’t be on the board if the Falcons stay with the 30th pick.
The Falcons can sit at 30 and probably get Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks, Houston’s D.J. Hayden of Boise State’s Jamar Taylor.
The Falcons have plenty of tape on Mississippi State’s secondary and studied them before taking safety Charles Mitchell last season.
MOCKS HEATING UP: We took part in our first sportswriter’s mock draft for CBSsportsline last week. When the Falcons’ pick came up at 30, here’s who was left on the board:
TANK CARRADINE, DE, Florida Sate
ZACK ERTZ, TE, Stanford
MARGUS HUNT, DE, SMU
JOHNTHAN BANKS, CB, Mississippi State
SYLVESTER WILLIAMS, DT, North Carolina
D.J. HAYDEN, CB, HOUSTON
Who would you select?
GANDY TUNED IN: Talked to former Falcons tackle Wayne Gandy for an “As told to story” about the draft on Friday.
He was the 15th pick overall by the Los Angeles Rams in 1994 out of Auburn. He’s not a fan of the year-round draft chatter that has been fueled by sports talk radio and the internet.
“Back in my day, there were two or three analysts and they came out closer to the draft,” Gandy said. “But not all year! Now, you have the top 10 picks and the Big Board in November.
“How do you have somebody in the top 10 with so much left to do to even get drafted? Playing the season is just about a one-third. Then you have the bowl games, the senior bowl and then you have the combine, then the interviews.
“Predicting where a kid is going in October or November does nothing for April.”