The Atlanta Falcons are a very good football team, and have been for a few years. Atlanta's success is a consequence of roster construction, and this year, making the Falcons could be harder than it has ever been.
Per D. Orlando Ledbetter:
But with the improved state of the roster, some players from the 2012 draft class will have a tough time making the team over previously drafted players when the Falcons trim the roster from 75 players to 53 by 9 p.m. Friday.
"When you have success and when you draft well, that is going to be part of the conversation every year," Smith said. "The farther that you get into it, I think in Year One and Year Two, it's not necessarily that big of a conversation."
The biggest battle between players drafted by the Falcons is at right guard. Garrett Reynolds, a fifth-round pick in 2009, is trying to hold off a charging Peter Konz, the team's second-round pick in 2011.
Competition is always a good thing, as the Falcons look to produce the best starting team, and the best 53-man roster that they can, prior to Week 1.
For the latest on the Atlanta Falcons, be sure to head over to The Falcoholic and join the discussion.