Atlanta Falcons Combine Preview: Top Targets, Sleepers and Prospects to Watch

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Atlanta Falcons Combine Preview: Top Targets, Sleepers and Prospects to Watch
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The NFL's annual "Underwear Olympics," better known as the NFL Scouting Combine, begins this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. For the Atlanta Falcons, this offseason represents the most important one under the current regime. 

After a 4-12 season, where many pundits picked the Falcons to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, it's a safe bet that a repeat performance would bring about changes to the front office and coaching staff alike. 

Change was already implemented with the addition of one of the most successful personnel executives of the modern era in Scott Pioli—formerly of the New England Patriots.

He's added to a staff that already consists of general manger Thomas Dimitroff and director of player personnel Lionel Vital.

The trio served under future Hall of Fame coach Bill Belichick—in New England—the master at building a team through the draft.

Usually the combine is the first opportunity a team gets to poke and prod prospects, but the Falcons were afforded the opportunity to coach a good amount of these prospects at the Senior Bowl. 

The evaluation process starts in earnest this weekend. Let's take a look at a few players who we should keep our collective eyes on.

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