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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Blogger mock: Jamar Taylor to Falcons

By Pat Yasinskas

With the No. 30 overall pick in the ESPN.com blog network mock draft, I just chose Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor for the Atlanta Falcons.

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I know there are rumblings out there that the Falcons might try to trade up in the real NFL draft. But, apparently, I’m not as good as making deals as general manager Thomas Dimitroff. I did put some feelers out to jump up and get Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, but I wasn’t able to pull it off.

In the end, I was pretty content to stay at No. 30. As the pick approached, I had one strong offer to trade out of the first round and add a couple extra picks.

But I declined. Once I realized I wasn’t going to be able to get a shot at Milliner, I turned my focus toward Taylor.

I liked him as much or more than some of the cornerbacks that went ahead of him. I see Taylor as an instant starter opposite Asante Samuel with Robert McClain as the nickel back.

A starting cornerback really was Atlanta’s only remaining major need. It now has been filled.