The Falcons made a bold move Thursday night, surrendering a third-rounder and a sixth-rounder to move up eight spots and grab CB Desmond Trufant.
Needless to say, I am quite pleased with the move. Though Atlanta does lose a Friday pick, the team also satisfies its biggest need and finds a player that should certainly be starting from day one.
The fact that the Falcons took Trufant with Xavier Rhodes sitting right there, too, I think says it all.
But looking ahead to when draft festivities resume tonight, the Falcons still have a number of things to check off their proverbial list. Defensive end is a necessity. More talent and depth at linebacker is a must. A tight end to groom behind Tony Gonzalez this season would be fantastic.
The only Falcons pick at the moment will come at No. 60 overall at the end of the second round. But depending on who's still around, Atlanta could easily elect to trade down into the early third, or even (very unlikely) trade up in the second.
As for who actually still is around, here's a quick list of some prospects Atlanta could be targeting, several of which are touched on briefly in my mid-round preview post:
Cornellius Carradine, Florida State (scouting report)
Margus Hunt, SMU (scouting report)
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Corey Lemonier, Auburn
Cornelius Washington, Georgia (worked out)
Malliciah Goodman, Clemson
Arthur Brown, Kansas
Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi
Sio Moore, Connecticut
Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
Chase Thomas, Stanford
Sean Porter, Texas A&M (worked out)
Zach Ertz, Stanford
Travis Kelce, Cincinnati,
Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
Vance McDonald, Rice
Menelik Watson, Florida State
Larry Warford, Kentucky
Brennan Williams, UNC
Eddie Lacy, Alabama (scouting report)
Giovani Bernard, UNC
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
These are all guys to keep an eye on when gearing up for the draft again tonight. If forced to place a bet, I'd wager the Falcons are looking closely at the outside linebackers that could be around at No. 60. Brown, Collins and Sio Moore all feel like viable options for Atlanta at this point.
What say you? What position do you think the Falcons address in the second round tonight?