Thomas Dimitroff: Falcons plan to 'hone in' adding more cornerbacks 

Over the next few weeks, whether through free agency or the NFL Draft, the Falcons will be looking to add more cornerbacks to their roster.

"I'm a big believer, I've said this before, you really can never have enough corners and I think it's really important for us to hone in on that," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on Tuesday. "Whether it's the back end of free agency or whether it's in the draft, we'll continue to look in that area and make sure we have the right amount of people to fortify not only the front line but the depth as well. I understand the concerns of where the numbers are at this point."


As Dimitroff finalizes his draft board over the next few weeks, bolstering the cornerback position remains a priority. The Falcons have the No. 16 overall pick in the upcoming draft.

The Falcons have just four cornerbacks on their roster right now: Isaiah Oliver, Kendall Sheffield, Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Jordan Miller. Oliver, Sheffield and Miller are all under the age of 23 and have combined for 27 starts in the last two seasons.

Dimitroff and Falcons coach Dan Quinn have expressed confidence in this group moving forward.

"We have a couple young corners that we think are really starting to evolve we believe," Dimitroff said. "We like their athleticism, their speed and their ball skills and such. They'll continue to grow."

The Falcons moved on from veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant this offseason leaving one of the starting cornerback spots open for competition. Sheffield showed promise in his first season in the NFL recording 46 tackles and one forced fumble in his 11 starts.

Oliver had a much better second of half of the 2019 season as a starter for the Falcons. The former second-round draft pick amassed 62 tackles and one forced fumble last season.

According to new secondary coach and passing game coordinator Joe Whitt, Oliver's play improved thanks to changes in his technique. The focus for Oliver moving forward is to generate more turnovers.

Wilson has been a key depth player for the Falcons since the 2016 season. He's started three games during his tenure in Atlanta and has recorded 33 tackles and 10 passes defensed.

Miller, a fifth-round draft pick in 2019, was suspended for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy and will miss the first three games of the 2020 season. Prior to his suspension, Miller saw action mostly on special teams and played in 10 games in his rookie season.

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