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Takeaways from Day 2 of Falcons rookie minicamp

The rookies are settling in after a couple of days with the Falcons.

Atlanta Falcons Rookie Camp Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Atlanta drafted a rookie class noteworthy for its versatility. In the early days of offseason work, those players are already getting a chance to show this new Falcons coaching staff how that versatility might benefit the team.

Below is a roundup of some of the noteworthy items from day 2 of minicamp, with a big thanks to Kelsey Conway at AtlantaFalcons.com, D. Orlando Ledbetter at the AJC, Tori McElhaney at The Athletic, and Michael Rothstein with ESPN for their observations.

I know everyone’s eager for updates on Javian Hawkins, but that’s all we’re getting for now. I fully expect him to make the final roster with a strong summer, given that the options are not set behind Mike Davis and Atlanta’s already talked up his speed.

It’s difficult to know how any of this will translate when the veterans are present, but I think Atlanta’s sincere about trying these guys in multiple roles. The reality is that Atlanta has depth needs everywhere and starting jobs up for grabs along both lines and in the secondary, so for guys like Dalman, Graham, Hall and Mayfield, being able to credibly slot in at multiple spots gives them a real chance of contributing in 2021.

Graham is an interesting player because of his power and because of his proven ability to do just what he claims: Rush the passer from a variety of positions. He needs time to improve his skills, of course, but there’s a solid chance he winds up part of the defensive line rotation if he looks good this summer. Remember, the Falcons don’t exactly have a ton of proven options to get after the quarterback in the first place.

Williams is one of the most intriguing players in this draft class, which is saying something when this class includes Kyle Pitts and Richie Grant. It sounds like he may well carve out a role on defense over the long haul, but as expected, special teams is where he’ll make his name in 2021. Expect him to be a gunner and possibly this team’s punt returner.

As always, it’s difficult to pull many big picture observations about a three day camp that only features the rookies. It’s worth filing away Bryce Hargrove’s name as an interesting player, given Atlanta’s unsettled offensive line depth and the team’s evident appreciation for him.

Rookie minicamp wraps up today, and we’ll see what other interesting tidbits come to the fore. I’m not wishing the summer away, but I’m increasingly eager to see this team on the field.