NFL Draft rumors: Falcons trying to trade up for cornerback, per report

Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

The Falcons could be looking to draft a cornerback, with Dee Milliner and Xavier Rhodes as notable targets.

The Atlanta Falcons may be looking to move up in the draft to select a cornerback, reports Clark Judge of CBS Sports. Judge reports that the Falcons have their eyes set on on two in particular -- Alabama's Dee Milliner and Florida State's Xavier Rhodes, who should both expect to be drafted before Atlanta's current slot at No. 30.

SB Nation draft-ologist Dan Kadar has Milliner going No. 6 and Rhodes being taken No. 29, but many writers have Rhodes going as high as No. 12. The Falcons have played this game before, trading five picks across 2011 and 2012 for the rights to wideout Julio Jones at No. 6. The price for Rhodes or Milliner may not be quite as steep, but two first-round picks would probably be the building blocks of a trade for a slot that high.

After an offseason that saw the Falcons lose Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, Atlanta would be wise to get an NFL-ready corner to play opposite ball hawk Asante Samuel.

After allowing the sixth-fewest points in the NFL and scoring the seventh-most, the Falcons reached the playoffs for the fourth time in five years in 2012.

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