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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, Feb. 27

It’s Combine time.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

On-field drills begin today in the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, so we’ll get a solid glimpse at some future Falcons. Read on for Thursday’s Falcoholinks.

Headlines and the state of the Falcons

From the Falcons bungling the announcement/walk back that they would not be picking up Takkarist McKinley’s fifth-year option to the news that they would let Austin Hooper and De’Vondre Campbell hit the market, it’s clear that the team’s typical M.O. has changed.

What answers can we mine from the latest Falcons headlines?

Recent wide receiver picks under the current regime

Calvin Ridley, a somewhat surprising selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, has added a new dynamic to Atlanta’s wide receiving corps, and Julio Jones is simply an otherworldly athlete at the position. The Falcons have done well drafting wide-outs under the current regime, so we take a look at all that have been selected since 2008.

Prospect preview: Safeties

With both Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal recovering from their respective surgeries, the Falcons may look to the draft to provide some depth at the safety position. Here’s Kevin Knight’s prospect preview, focusing in on the safeties at the Combine.

Greatest season: Safety

Sticking with the safety spot — which Falcon at the position put together the franchise’s greatest season? This is a depressing list.

Combine weigh-ins and measurements

On-field drills at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine begin today, but interviews and measurements have been going on since Monday. Here’s the weigh-in and measurement data that we’ve received for the participating offensive linemen and running backs.