The glaring question mark heading into the 2020 NFL season for Atlanta is how they will address the cornerback position. As things stand, the Falcons have a thin group in a division that features Tom Brady and Drew Brees, and just inherited one of the bright young offensive minds in new Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator Joe Brady. On top of that, they have limited cap space, leaving them with merely the NFL Draft to address their needs. The Falcons could be moving up the board on Thursday for a cornerback, but regardless, head coach Dan Quinn is still holding high praise for his internal options:
#Falcons coach Dan Quinn believes that Kendall Sheffield can be a number 1 corner. That has been an area that most believe is a need for ATL.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) April 20, 2020
The keyword here is can be. I am not here to say Sheffield does not have the talent to assume this role, but he is entering just his second season and was ranked as the 121st overall cornerback out of 132 qualifiers by Pro Football Focus last season. The 23-year-old was a 4th round pick this time last year. The Falcons have a bright young duo of corners between Sheffield and Oliver, but the depth behind them is lacking, and are they truly ready for their elevated roles? The production we have seen on the field thus far suggests otherwise.
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