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ESPN's Bill Barnwell identifies Atlanta's defensive 'triplets,' ranks them 28th in NFL

Weigh in on the three defensive players you think will have the biggest impact for Atlanta this season.

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ESPN's Bill Barnwell put together a ranking of the three-man group on each team's defense that stands to make the biggest impact on the field this season. After a few seasons of middling to bad defensive performances from the Falcons, it's probably not a surprise that their trio came in at No. 28.

The three players Barnwell identified for Atlanta were cornerback Desmond Trufant, linebacker Vic Beasley and defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

Barnwell correctly identifies Trufant as a "legitimate star," noting that the former first round pick is consistently underrated. He mentions Beasley's lackluster rookie season, but doesn't note that Beasley showed flashes of improvement toward the end of the year. The team wisely chose to re-sign Clayborn, who quietly had a solid 2015 season. Barnwell mentions that perhaps strong safety Keanu Neal will bump Clayborn off this list following his rookie campaign.

Which brings us to an important point -- the Falcons could have three rookies starting on defense this season. Neal is certainly penciled in as a starter, barring anything crazy, but second rounder Deion Jones is battling for the starting middle linebacker role, and we could see fourth rounder De'Vondre Campbell beating out the competition for the starting weakside spot as well.

We'll also see Ricardo Allen, who performed admirably at free safety in his first season in the position, taking the field with more experience and confidence. Other defensive players could step up as well. It's hard to project, but which players do you think could earn recognition as Atlanta's best defensive trio next season?