The Falcons made an eyebrow-raising move earlier today, cutting ties with a former high-round pick.
Falcons announced they've waived former third-round draft pick Dez Southward and promoted Akeem King to active roster.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) November 6, 2015
It's a deeply disappointing end for Southward in Atlanta. He was selected in the third round in 2014 and was expected to be a bit of a project, but despite his size and speed, he couldn't make enough of an impression on Dan Quinn and his staff to stick around. With Robert Alford injured and missing the game, the signal this move sends is that Southward wasn't ready to contribute in any way, something they indicated by making him inactive multiple times this season.There's a chance he'll return to the Falcons practice squad for further seasoning, and frankly I'm rooting for him.
Akeem King's career in Atlanta is just getting started, on the other hand. The team likes his size and aggressive play style, and while he's undoubtedly got a lot of work ahead of him before he earns major playing time, he could see the field soon if Robert Alford is going to miss any time. King's got enough upside to eventually become a top-three cornerback for the Falcons, but for now, he'll hope to get some limited snaps as a backup when injury or need strikes. Don't be surprised if he's on the field for a little bit on Sunday against the 49ers.
Your thoughts on the move?