Pre-draft starting lineup: Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have been fairly active this offseason and are likely to have several new starters next season. At the moment, here’s how I see Atlanta’s starting lineup:


WR Roddy White

LT Sam Baker

LG Justin Blalock

C Peter Konz

RG Garrett Reynolds

RT Lamar Holmes

TE Tony Gonzalez

WR Julio Jones

QB Matt Ryan

RB Steven Jackson

FB Bradie Ewing


DE Osi Umenyiora

DT Corey Peters

DT Jonathan Babineaux

DE Kroy Biermann

OLB Stephen Nicholas

MLB Akeem Dent

OLB Sean Weatherspoon

CB Asante Samuel

CB Robert McClain

SS William Moore

FS Thomas DeCoud

Notes: I think it is almost a certainty that the Falcons will be bringing in another cornerback late in free agency or in the draft. McClain might be best suited as a third corner. There’s flexibility on the offensive line. There’s an outside chance Joe Hawley could factor in at center, allowing Konz to start at right guard. If that happens, Reynolds could slide out to compete with Holmes at right tackle. The Falcons also could invest an early-round pick on an offensive lineman.