5 things we learned about the Falcons this week

101115 ATLANTA: Falcons running back Terron Ward takes a handoff from Matt Ryan during pregame warmups before the football game against the Redskins on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

101115 ATLANTA: Falcons running back Terron Ward takes a handoff from Matt Ryan during pregame warmups before the football game against the Redskins on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

UPDATED: Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins was suspended for four games on Friday.

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons continued to give off signals this week that they will focus on improving the defense in the upcoming NFL draft, which is set for April 28-30 in Chicago.

1. Locals day. Former Middle Tennessee safety Kevin Byard, who was a surprise non-invitee to the scouting combine, is expected to highlight the Falcons’ locals-day workout Wednesday.

2. Safety clinics for Moms set: The Falcons have safety football clinics set up.

3. Top linebacker: UCLA linebacker Myles Jack visited the team on Thursday.

4. Floyd visited on Friday. Former Georgia outside linebacker/defensive end Leonard Floyd visited the Falcons on Friday. Falcons general manager addressed team’s reputation for not drafting players from the Bulldog nation.

5. Offseason spotlight on Coleman, Collins. We took a look at cornerback Jalen Collins and running back Tevin Coleman this week. With Collins suspension, the Falcons must revisit their plans for the secondary. 

Here’s our latest Mock Draft, which has the Falcons trading back and selecting Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd and picking up some picks.

 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to identify the players that the Falcons may reach for in the draft.

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