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Falcons will work out linebacker Eric Kendricks, defensive end Owa Odighizuwa today

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The Falcons continue to explore defensive options in the run-up to the April 30th start of the NFL Draft.

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The Atlanta Falcons are after defenders in this draft, as a glance at their list of workouts and visits will tell you. You can add one of the draft's top linebackers and another intriguing defensive end to the mix.

Kendricks could go as early as the first round, but there's a chance he makes it to pick #42 for the Falcons, as well. He's a rangy, intelligent defender who fits the fast and physical mantra Dan Quinn chants to himself every morning before he wakes up, and he'd likely slot in as a starter immediately for this Falcons team. Chances are he'd be the WILL in Atlanta over the long haul, though he could certainly challenge for a starting gig at middle linebacker, as well.

Odighizuwa is also a potential second round option, though he would fit a different need for the Falcons. He's a big, powerful defender with a non-stop motor, a plus athlete and a guy who scouts expect to be a core special teamer, which should make Keith Armstrong's eyes turn into cartoon hearts. There are some questions about his pass rushing acumen, but he's a well-rounded enough player to provide real value in the second round, regardless.

Keep an eye on both of these players at #42, as the Falcons could very well prioritize adding more talent up front if they don't love a safety there.