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5 Storylines to Watch as OTAs Approach

How Will the Rookies Adjust?: The draft picks and college free agent signings already got a taste of professional football with rookie minicamp. Now, they'll have to go head-to-head with some of the NFL's best. First-rounder Keanu Neal will be under the microscope as he patrols the Falcons' secondary; Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell will be tasked with fitting in with the linebacking corps.

Position Battles: A number of intriguing position battles will begin in earnest once OTAs commence. Jones and Neal will be fighting for big roles their respective positions, and at cornerback, second-year players Akeem King and Jalen Collins will compete for a spot in Atlanta's nickel package.

How Will the Front Seven Be Arranged?: The Falcons have spent this offseason shuffling players around their defense. Ra'Shede Hageman has shifted from the interior to end; Vic Beasley, Jr. has moved from LEO to strongside linebacker; and Grady Jarrett, though not built like a prototypical nose tackle, will assume that position in 2016. Then there are newcomers Courtney Upshaw, Derrick Shelby, Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell. It'll be interesting to see where everyone lines up in different packages.

Sanu's Transition: Fresh off signing a long-term contract with the Falcons, Mohamed Sanu knows he's expected to do big things in Atlanta. OTAs will give the team and media a chance to see how comfortable he is working with Matt Ryan and running Kyle Shanahan's route tree.

The Return of Spoon: After a year in the desert, fan-favorite Sean Weatherspoon will get another chance to earn a roster spot with the Falcons. Atlanta released the veteran linebacker in 2014 after he tore an Achilles, and if he moves well during OTAs, it would ease a lot of concerns surrounding that injury.

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