UPDATE: Falcons Thinking Safety First?

In the interest of updating their defense, the Atlanta Falcons have been focusing on specific positions when it comes to visiting with and working out draft prospects. Now, we've been told about another safety of interest.

Scout.com's Ed Thompson reports that the Falcons will have a private workout with Wake Forest strong safety Chip Vaughn on Tuesday. The workout will take place at the Wake Forest campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. General manager Thomas Dimitroff will attend. The Falcons will, therefore, spend pre-draft time with the three-highest rated strong safeties -- Oregon's Patrick Chung, Missouri's William Moore, and Vaughn.

While linebacker Aaron Curry is the most well-known Wake Forest defender, Vaughn has done great work for the Demon Deacons in his four seasons with the program. He was especially strong in his 2007 season, when he totaled a team-leading 105 tackles, 15 passes defensed and an interception. He followed that up in 2008 with 79 tackles and two picks.

Vaughn is projected by most analysts as a second-to-third round pick. At 6'2" and 221 pounds, he's regarded as a great in-the-box safety with some liabilities in pass coverage.  He has excellent side-to-side agility, and he's best when making tackles near the sideline.

Stay tuned for more news on Vaughan, all the other interests, and everything else about the Falcons' draft strategy!


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