The draft has a habit of clarifying the roster a bit, and while we still don't exactly what the shape of this roster will be come September, we have a much better idea of who is in danger of being cut.
What follows is a list of some of the players I think are firmly on the bubble heading into the summer, including some very familiar names. It is by no means an exhaustive one, but I think it covers the bases we need to cover this early in the offseason.
RB Terron Ward
He's not a particularly great runner, pass catcher, or blocker, and while he certainly could grow as a player this season, the Falcons could also approximate his value pretty easily. Keep an eye on rookie Brandon Wilds.
WR Devin Hester
I recently suggested that Devin Fuller is no lock to make this football team, but he is young, cheap, and has the ability to play both wide receiver and return kicks and punts. That just so happens to also describe Hester's role on the team, except that Hester is only under contract through this season, is firmly in the twilight of his career, and happens to be recovering from a toe injury that seems to be lingering. In short, he's not necessarily hanging around.
TE Levine Toilolo
He's the best blocking tight end on the team, but he's not an asset in the passing game and figures to be the third man on the depth chart heading into the year. If the Falcons can sign (or unearth in their undrafted free agent pool) a decent blocking tight end, that might be it for Toilolo.
G Mike Person
Is it a coincidence that Person was shunted to guard, a position where the Falcons added Chris Chester, Wes Schweitzer, and (maybe) Tom Compton? Perhaps. Do I think the Falcons have as much faith in Mike Person as many assume, even though he was a solid blocker last year? No.
DT Tyson Jackson
I had sort of assumed the Falcons would bulk up Tyson Jackson and use him as their primary nose tackle, but with the news that Grady Jarrett will fill that role, T-Jax fits in best as a semi-versatile reserve. Considering the money the team would save by cutting him after June 1, that may not cut it for Jackson.
I will note that I still think he's got a good shot of surviving cuts, though.
LBs Philip Wheeler, Sean Weatherspoon, and Tyler Starr
There's a lot of uncertainty at linebacker, still. Can Deion Jones man the middle effectively? Will De'Vondre Campbell push for significant playing time? While we don't know the answer to those questions yet, it's fairly safe to assume that one (and perhaps) two of the group that includes Wheeler, 'Spoon, and Starr will be on their way out of Atlanta if Jones and Campbell are ready to contribute. Starr is the likeliest, but 'Spoon and Wheeler are both on one-year deals, and unfortunately Weatherspoon has a checkered injury history.
S Charles Godfrey
The Falcons have the chance to field a young, talented group of safeties in 2016, with Keanu Neal incoming and Ricardo Allen, Kemal Ishmael, and Robenson Therezie all showing well a year ago. That leaves Godfrey, who lingers on this roster like a ghost haunts a family home, as arguably the most likely casualty at the position. He'll be back, somehow, even if he's cut.
K Matt Bryant
It would be the end of a distinguished era if Bryant didn't make this football team, but I do believe the Falcons aren't treating him like a roster lock any longer, not after an injury-marred and middling 2015 campaign. We'd all like to see Bryant finish out his contract productive and healthy in Atlanta, but whether it's undrafted free agent Nick Rose or a street free agent, we shouldn't assume the team's elder statesman will still be here come September.
Who is on your bubble list?