According to this article from Pat Y at ESPN, Robert Alford is making some nice impressions at the OTA's. He's been able to do so due to Desmond not being able to participate until after graduation, and Asante missing a bit of the voluntary workouts.
Let's say Robert continues this streak, and Desmond does live up to his draft status to become an instant starter. This creates a delightful problem where the Falcons have 4 starting caliber CB's in Samuel, McClain, Trufant, and Alford. The conundrum becomes who do you start? Do you keep going with veteran experience and let Alford and Trufant duel for the 3rd remaining spot, or does youth and upside prevail and Asante is left riding the pine?
I'm working under the assumption that McClain will be the only guaranteed starter, because he showed a tremendous season in the nickel, and I believe that he will stay in that spot. The past 5 years has been a shining turd of a testament to how hard it is to find a good nickel corner, and I doubt the coaches are willing to experiment again for that spot.
I'm also working with the assumption that there will not be a significant difference in camp/practice/preseason play for the 4 players. This is the biggest assumption, but I don't think it is that far-fetched.
My personal belief is that Asante and Trufant will start on the perimeter, McClain in the nickel, and Alford will come in often for dime sets and to spell the starters. I also have a hunch that Asante's shoulder issue may pop up some more and Alford will be some nice insurance (Can I get a hot tub?).
What do you guys think?