Falcons visiting with one of NFL draft’s top safety prospects

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Top 30 visits aren’t the end-all-be-all, but they’re notable. And the Falcons are hosting one of the draft’s top safety prospects in Illinois product Sydney Brown, according to Ryan Fowler.

Here’s his draft profile from NFL.com:

“A physical safety who is limited by a lack of fluidity in space. Brown has straight-line speed and is very effective mapping his transit to the ball-carrier near the line of scrimmage. However, his missed tackles are concerning considering the position he plays. He competes hard in man coverage, using everything at his disposal to prevent tight ends from making plays, but above average pass-catchers could be too much for him to handle as a pro. Brown will need to prove he can win in the box and shine on special teams to stick around in the league.”

It seems he’s better suited to be playing around the line of scrimmage in a rover-type role instead of on the backend. The Falcons have three solid players at the position. Jessie Bates is an All-Pro and leader of the entire defense. Richie Grant is primed to take a significant step in his development in his third year in the league; he’ll start next to Bates. Jaylinn Hawkins is a fine reserve player and will contribute on special teams. Brown would assume a similar role as Hawkins.

Photographer: Bobby McDuffie/Icon Sportswire
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