Quinn said no decision has been made about Hennessy’s move back to center after the 2020 season.
For Dimitroff, the versatility of each lineman was important.
“The versatility, the leadership on and off the field is something we look forward to in the future,” Dimitroff said.
Terrell will be expected to make an immediate impact, perhaps as a starter. Veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant, Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2013, was released in a cost-cutting move on March 16.
Davidson said he was impressed by the Falcons’ early draft moves.
“They’re getting some great guys,” Davidson said. “… The defense is going to be good next year, I promise you that.”
Terrell, an Atlanta native, joins Kendall Sheffield and Isaiah Oliver, selected in the last two drafts, as the leaders of a young cast of cornerbacks. The youth will be tested in the NFC South against two of the NFL’s most accomplished passers — Drew Brees in New Orleans and Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady.
Adding Terrell addressed only one item on Dimitroff’s defense-heavy priority list for the draft. Other needs included defensive tackle and another edge rusher.
The Falcons also could add a linebacker on Saturday, when they have two picks in the fourth round and one in the seventh.
Dimitroff filled the team’s most glaring holes on offense earlier in the offseason by trading with Baltimore for tight end Hayden Hurst and signing running back Todd Gurley to a $6 million, one-year deal. Gurley, who played five seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, replaces Devonta Freeman, who was released.
The Falcons’ most expensive addition was Fowler, the outside linebacker who was signed to a $48 million, three-year contract.
Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn are looking for players to make an immediate impact after the Falcons’ second consecutive 7-9 finish. Quinn saved his job with four straight wins to finish 2019. The pressure is on the coach and GM to make the playoffs this season.
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