The Falcons' two first picks in the 2013 draft, Desmond Trufant (right) and Robert Alford (left) will both be expected to step up in 2014. Desmond Trufant, 6-foot and 190 pounds, was picked in the first round, while Robert Alford, 5-foot-10 and 186 pounds, was picked in the second round. They both have the speed and agility to stick with every receiver, as well as the ball skills to make plays.
Trufant is the taller of the two, so he will line up against the opposing teams' bigger receivers, usually their number one. He was very impress last year, recording 55 tackles and two interceptions. Trufant started all 16 games and recorded a pass deflection in 13 of them.
Alford is just 5-foot-10, but has elite quickness. He was behind Asante Samuel for most of the year, so he often matched up with the opposing teams' third receiver. He started the final four games of the year, though, and is expected to start opposite of Trufant this year. Recording two interceptions and eight pass deflections, he showed flashes of potential in what many considered an uneven year.
The Falcons have a promising safety in Dezmen Southward, as well as a solid starter, William Moore. The other cornerbacks on the roster, Robert McClain and Josh Wilson are decent and will fill in well.
This secondary has improved from last year, but a lot of the group's success will fall on the shoulders of Trufant and Alford. The duo has the potential to lock down opposing teams' top receivers, and it looks like 2014 will be the year they step up.