Projected Starters: Chris Houston, Chevis Jackson, Erik Coleman, William Moore (R)
Houston has been a hot topic in Atlanta this off-season. Most think he’s not a top talent as should be out after 2009. I think he’s a good one that will be here for a while. Yes, Houston gets some penalties by not getting his head around or playing the ball all the time, but he’s a physical corner that can play with anyone -that’s a hard thing to find. Jackson showed enough in 2008 to be the leader in the clubhouse for the other starting job. Coleman is a nice veteran presence at safety. Moore is a potential stud that most had as an option in the 1st round of the draft that Atlanta snagged at the end of the 2nd round.
Reserves: Jamaal Fudge, Brent Grimes, Chris Owens (R), Antoine Harris, Von Hutchins, David Irons, William Middleton (R), Thomas Decloud.
I personally love Brent Grimes. he played great in a few games last year and needs to get on the field, whether at nickel or special teams, he’s a gamer. All these guys are solid and young. The key thing on defense with Atlanta is youth. In 2008, they played a lot of rookies and other young guys – and made the playoffs to boot. Now, they benefit from all that experience (and learning lumps finishing 24th in total defense) in addition to the influx of rookies likes Middleton, Moore and Owens. Dimitroff is building a roster that has won in the short-term, but like New England, could be a constant contender for years to come.