In the most recent NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons drafted two cornerbacks in the first two rounds: Desmond Trufant out of Washington in the first round and Robert Alfred, out of Southeastern Louisiana, in the second. They also drafted tight end Levine Toilolo from Stanford.
When you add the two undrafted rookie linebackers Joplo Bartu from Texas State and Paul Worrilow from Delaware, it’s clear that the team is trying to move forward with more youth with the trade off being less experience.
All of these players have had to grow up quickly, with Trufant putting in significant playing time and Toilolo getting on the score sheet with two touchdown catches. With the depleted defense, Bartu and Worrilow have seen playing time as well and even started a game or two.
Depth is something very crucial in the NFL as football is never a game where one or two really good players can make a difference. You need several players at all levels to make a solid team, and that includes rookies.
All of these rookies must play at a veteran level if the Falcons are to remain in the Wild Card hunt. Given the nature of the cornerback position being one of the hardest to play for a rookie, it remains to be seen if Trufant and Alfred can perform at a high level all season.
The Falcons have been hit or miss when it comes to drafting. From missing big time on defensive end Jamaal Anderson and the verdict still being out on defensive tackle Peria Jerry, youth must be served on the Falcons before this season is a total lost.