When Dan Quinn was named head coach of the Falcons, there were certain characteristics of his defense that were undeniable. One was Quinn's penchant for taller cornerbacks.
That made the future of Robert Alford, who is 5-10, in jeopardy as the future starter. That future is in more doubt now with the selection of 6-1 cornerback Jalen Collins of LSU in the second round.
Collins was considered a potential first round talent, but reports surfaced a few days ago that Collins failed multiple drug tests while at LSU. Also, Collins had surgery in March to repair an incomplete Jones fracture in his right foot.
Collins ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine after the fracture was discovered.
The Falcons have talked about moving safety Dez Southward, the third round pick last year, to cornerback. But Collins will likely take over the other cornerback spot opposite Desmond Trufant, pushing Alford into a reserve role.
Atlanta could have selected Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, an offensive lineman like Oregon's Jake Fisher or a running back like Miami's Duke Johnson. Instead, the team went with more defensive help for Quinn.
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