The cornerback will have a nice role in Atlanta.
The Falcons went defense in round 2 and picked Isaiah Oliver from Colorado. He’s a lengthy cornerback that will be able to go against the big wide receivers in the league. Another good thing about Oliver is his ball-hawking skills, and he showed that in college. Let’s see what this pick means for the Falcons.
Size and Speed
Oliver is 6’0, which is perfect for a corner lining up with a big receiver. The Falcons don’t have that type of size in Trufant and Alford on the outside so Oliver can help out there. Not only is he big, but he’s also quick on the ball. He won’t be the cornerback that gets burned regularly on a go route. There are a couple of big receivers in the NFC South (Mike Evans, Michael Thomas) so matching up with them is a must. Dan Quinn has been looking for a corner with his skillset, and I think he finally got him. Size and speed means everything for Quinn.
Brian Poole Looking From The Outside?
Brian Poole is an impressive cornerback. He’s a great man corner, but sometimes he has his struggles in zone. The Falcons could look to put Oliver on the outside with Trufant and put Alford in the slot. Of course, this won’t happen immediately, but as the year goes on you might see some changes to the lineup. Poole could still see himself having a role on the team, but rotating him and Oliver could be what the Falcons are looking for. Just like the defensive line has its rotations between run and pass plays, we could see the same thing with the corners.
Something the Falcons didn’t have last year was good depth. The game against the Vikings late in the season showed that. Minnesota took advantage of the corners all game, and it showed that the Falcons may need some more help in that department. With Oliver, they have a solid option to lean to if somebody gets hurt. Depth is the best thing in the NFL, and the team definitely has that now with Oliver.
Malik Brown | @_MalikATL
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