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Asante Samuel vs. Desmond Trufant/Robert McClain/Robert Alford
Asante Samuel is who we thought he was. He's a top-tier corner with great coverage ability and ball skills who will occasionally get burned deep. Nothing has changed there this year.
Desmond Trufant had a small lapse against the Bengals' on a play-action pass that was incomplete and got trucked twice by Jermaine Gresham, who has 70 pounds on him. However, he's shown enough that the coaches still want him to start and they will leave him as a starter unless someone else can prove better.
Robert McClain is a true nickelback. He's looking better than he did in the 2012 season when he proved to the NFL that he's one of the top nickel corners. He's going to arguably be the best nickel corner in the NFL this year and could have a breakout season on defense.
Robert Alford is an aggressive, talented corner, but the biggest concern about him right now is how much he might get flagged. His aggressive nature, combined with his penchant to get to the ball just a split second too early, will be why he's on the outside looking in this season.
In the end, it doesn't really matter who is the winner. The Falcons need to figure out a way to keep their cornerbacks fresh by rotating all of these guys. When you have four talented players, you have to take advantage of them in whatever way you can.
Projected Winners: Desmond Trufant at right corner, Asante Samuel at left corner and Robert McClain in the nickel.
Who should win: Figure out a way to play all four an equal amount because they are all looking like they deserve to see playing time.
All stats either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac and Rotoworld. All recruiting rankings from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.