The Atlanta Falcons are a bit thin at cornerback as the official league year gets going.
Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Oliver, Damontae Kazee and Blidi Wreh-Wilson are the only guys around with playing experience, with Ryan Neal a young guy the team thinks highly of and promoted at the end of the season to the 53. Taveze Calhoun is also a practice squadder kept around by the Falcons at the end of year.
The team could afford to add some veteran depth to the position, and there are a good number of names still out there on the free agency cycle who could fill that void.
Let’s take a look at some names, shall we?
- Rashaan Melvin
- Deshawn Shead
- Neiko Thorpe
- Kayvon Webster
- Coty Sensabaugh
- Davon House
Melvin, 6’2”, has the height the team loves at the position and had a career year in 2017 with the Colts before cashing in with Oakland in 2018 and falling a bit behind, according to PFF. The journeyman corner could very easily take the CB4 role for Atlanta and give them needed depth. He might be a hair pricey, though, for what the Falcons want.
Shead is a former Seahawk who played with Dan Quinn and has definite understanding of the scheme. He played for the Lions last season before winding up on IR. He’s another CB4 candidate who could probably sign for the veteran minimum and bolster the depth.
Thorpe played safety for the Seahawks last season and earned a 75.8 from PFF for his reps. He’s from Tucker, Georgia, too, so he’s a local. Our sister blog Field Gulls says he was mainly a special teams maven for the team, and that unit’s captain last season. He could play the Justin Bethel role in Atlanta this year.
Webster is a special teams guy who could replace Bethel’s role on the roster. PFF graded him out with a stellar 81.9 for his snaps with the Texans last season, and could be a reliable guy to have around should injury strike.
Sensabaugh was a draft pick of Ruston Webster with the Titans, who is now in the team’s front office aiding the scouting department. He’s been with the Rams, Giants and Steelers as well, earning a respectable 65.7 from PFF in 2018.
House is a longtime Packer who always excels on special teams, but only played in three games last year before missing the rest of the season. He’s got experience and is 6’0” to fit the eye test for Dan Quinn. He could wish to rebound on a one-year deal to test his 2020 market.
Shead and Thorpe feel like the most likely of the ones listed, and perhaps there’s someone they’re thinking of we haven’t even considered. Are there any you have in mind?