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Current Leader: Desmond Trufant
The Atlanta Falcons clearly made the cornerback position a high priority in the draft, using their first two picks on Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, respectively, to address the position.
Now, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is allowing the spirit of competition, not draft position, decide which player lines up opposite Asante Samuel on opening day.
Trufant is the more athletically gifted player with fluid hips and great ball skills, but he is known for taking too many chances. Alford, a Southeastern Louisiana product, may not be as fluid of a mover as Trufant, but he makes up for it with his physicality and competitive nature.
Trufant has been penciled in as the starter according to the depth chart the team released before their scrimmage over the weekend, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Falcons would obviously prefer to see their first-round pick in the job to justify their selection, so a tie would likely make Trufant the starter by default.
No matter who wins the job, both players will see plenty of action this year as teams continue to use their third and fourth cornerbacks on first and second downs.