This past week, the Atlanta Falcons placed a first-round tender on their "shut down" corner Brent Grimes.
While some of you may not agree with me that he is a "shut down" corner, I will argue it to my last key stroke.
He is a tackling machine at the corner position; he racked up 87 tackles in 16 starts in 2010. He was also responsible for five interceptions with 23 passes deflected.
I am almost positive that the top two corners in the draft, Prince Amukamara and Patrick Peterson, will not be available at the 13th spot in the draft.
So why not send our pick to Atlanta for a proven NFL corner that we know can play at this level?
The other big factor is that we already have two ex-Falcons in our secondary with the recent signing of Erik Coleman and last year’s acquisition, CB Chris Houston.
That’s if we can find a way to keep Houston for 2011. That being said, it would not be a patchwork secondary that has never played together before.
I think this move would definitely be a step in the right direction without killing us in the cap room. This will also leave us with a great nickel cornerback in Amari Spievey if they choose to move him back to corner from safety.
I still do not think we have seen the best of Alphonzo Smith yet, either. This would give those two young corners time to develop.
I tend to truly believe that this is a sure-fire move to push us into playoff contention.