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Assemble an all-time Atlanta Falcons starting lineup

The best 22 (plus a kicker, punter and returner) ever to play for the Falcons.

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This is always a fun exercise, both because of the disparity in responses and the fond memories it evokes. Basically, all I'm looking for is a starting lineup that features the best players in Falcons history, in your humble opinion. Given the fierce arguments that erupt whenever we compare players across eras, I expect this will kick up some quality debate.

For the purposes of this exercise, I'm going to characterize linebackers simply as linebackers, because otherwise I'd have to choose between Tuggle and Nobis, and I'm not capable of doing that.

QB: Matt Ryan
RB: William Andrews
FB: Craig Heyward
WR: Roddy White
WR: Julio Jones

TE: Tony Gonzalez
LT: Mike Kenn
LG: Justin Blalock
C: Jeff Van Note
RG: Bill Fralic
RT: Tyson Clabo

DE: John Abraham
DE: Claude Humphrey
DT: Jonathan Babineaux
DT: Mike Lewis
LB: Greg Brezina
LB: Tommy Nobis
LB: Jessie Tuggle
CB: Rolland Lawrence
CB: Deion Sanders
CB: Ray Buchanan
FS: Tom Pridemore
SS: Scott Case

K: Matt Bryant
P: John James
KR/PR: Deion Sanders

Share your starting lineup with all of us, or just pick apart mine.