The Falcons lost three of their top five cornerbacks over the off-season. Christopher Owens, Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes all signed elsewhere and, entering the draft, Atlanta needed to fill those rosters spots.
For anyone wondering why the team would spend its first two picks on the same position, you should give the Falcons' front office credit for taking a position that was full of question marks (including your best corner being 32 years old) and turning it into, potentially, a position of strength. With rookies there are no guarantees, but the same would be true for any draftee in the 2nd round at defensive end or offensive line or tight end.
Good job, Falcons.
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