Falcons host projected first-round CB on top 30 visit

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The Falcons are hosting all of the top defenders for the upcoming draft.

They hosted Jared Verse over the weekend. The Florida State product is in the conversation with the top pass rushers in the class, and Atlanta could very well make him the first defender off the board.

The same could be said for Dallas Turner, who has also visited Flowery Branch of the top 30 variety. Most mock drafts, and I mean most, have Atlanta selecting Turner because a lot of pundits have him as the top pass rusher among Verse and Laiatu Latu.

The Falcons also hosted a potential Kirk Cousins successor; Michael Penix visited the Falcons at the end of March.

Most recently, it’s been a pair of cornerbacks to visit the Falcons’ headquarters in Flowery Branch. It was Quinyon Mitchell last week and Terrion Arnold this week, at least as far as his Instagram story suggests.

Mitchell and Arnold are considered the top two cornerback prospects in the upcoming draft, and the Falcons have a clear need for a starter opposite of A.J. Terrell.

Yes, that includes the recent signings of Kevin King and Antonio Hamilton, who should be seen as nothing more than depth pieces. In that same breath, we shouldn’t consider Clark Phillips, Dee Alford or Mike Hughes the starter on the boundary either.

If one of those three is the starting nickel, fine, but the Falcons still need a starting-caliber cornerback. Though it’s tough to expect a rookie to come in and start immediately, Quinyon Mitchell and Terrion Arnold feel like the kinds of prospects who are up for the task.

Photographer: Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire

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