With the NFL Draft now less than one month away, we're starting to get a better idea of whom the Falcons are seriously considering once they're on the clock.
One of those players could be Cornelius Washington, the defensive end / outside linebacker coming out of Georgia. Earlier today, it was reported that the Falcons will hold a private workout for the hybrid defender:
Georgia DE/LB Cornelius Washington will visit Falcons today and Bucs on Friday.He has had five private workouts since his Pro Day.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 3, 2013
Washington is an interesting case. He showed a good bit of promise during his junior year with the Bulldogs, but took a couple steps back as a senior and was generally viewed as a contributor rather than starter on Todd Grantham's defense. Many consider him a one-dimensional, third down specialist type of player.
But his excellent combine numbers (4.55 40-yard dash, 36 bench reps) have piqued some interest, and he currently projects as a fourth or fifth-round pick.
That versatility, coupled with the fact that Atlanta likes to rotate players on defense, could make Washington a solid Day Three sleeper pick for the Falcons, who could still use depth at defensive end or outside linebacker.
Also, go Brian Banks.