The Falcons showed their cards in the draft, looking to add to the secondary throughout the three days in New York. While there were some surprises, there were also some disappointments.
Also, the team did not look to sign big-name draft picks, but took a chance on fringe players.
Here is a look at the team’s draft picks and grades for their performance.
Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, First Round
Not a bad first season. The first round pick from Washington had 70 tackles on the season – 5 of them solo and recorded two interceptions. He figures to be a part of the Falcons' secondary in a bigger role next season. GRADE: B
Robert Alford, Cornerback, Second Round
The Falcons drafted two defensive backs in the first two rounds to give them coverage players who could hopefully start right away or provide depth. Alford had 40 combined tackles and two interceptions. He should be able to contribute more in his second season. GRADE: B-
Malliciah Goodman, Defensive End, Clemson
A fourth round pick, Goodman had real long arms. He's versatile. He's one of the better pass rushers to come out of the draft. He had only right tackles on the season. He will have to do better to remain on the team. GRADE: D
Levine Toilolo, Tight End, Stanford
A pleasant surprise out of Stanford. The fourth round pick played in all 16 games, had 11 catches for 5 yards and two touchdowns. It figures he will get more playing time this coming season since Tony Gonzalez has retired. GRADE: C
Stansly Maponga, Defensive End, Texas Christian
The fifth round defensive end from Texas Christian had a total of five tackles on the season. He has good size at 6’2” and 265 pounds. Expect more from him in his second season as the Falcons make changes on their defensive front.
Kemal Ishmael, Defensive Back, UCF
Came out of Central Florida. The defensive back played mostly on special teams this season – but had four tackles for the year. Figures to compete for more playing time in 2014. GRADE: D
Zeke Motta, Safety, Notre Dame
Motta is a safety out of Notre Dame. He saw the field in 10 games – where he actually started one of them. Motta had 16 tackles total and one pass defensed. For a late-round pick, Motta had a solid season. GRADE: C
Sean Renfree, Quarterback, Duke
Renfree did not see the field for the Falcons. GRADE: Incomplete.