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Who are the three best cornerbacks in Falcons history?

There's a Hall of Famer on this list, as you may be aware.

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The Falcons are currently lucky enough to have two very good cornerbacks playing for them, and there's a history of quality corner play over the life of the franchise.

That makes putting together this top three list together more difficult than it has been for many other positions, and I'm quite certain there's going to be a huge amount of disagreement with who I've chosen. C'est la vie.

Here's my top three:

  1. Rolland Lawrence
  2. Deion Sanders
  3. Brent Grimes
This was an extremely difficult list to compile. I try to judge these players by the years they spent with the Falcons, and that meant that Deion Sanders (who played nearly 40 fewer games than Lawrence, who was sneakily great) simply didn't spend enough time as a Falcon to top this list, as stellar as he was. Brent Grimes was briefly about as good as it gets for Atlanta, but was that brief, tremendous peak enough to vault him past Bobby Butler, who was a quality cornerback for nine of his twelve years in Atlanta? I waffled mightily, but in the end, I say yes.

That's not even mentioning Scott Case, who spent a few years as a hard-hitting cornerback, or Ray Buchanan, who despite his ups and downs was terrific for Atlanta for a while. Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford may belong on this list before long, as well.

Give us your list, if you would.