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NFL Draft 2012: Could The Atlanta Falcons Take South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore In Round 2?

The Atlanta Falcons will have plenty of time to see how the draft shakes out as they do not pick until the second round due to the trade with the Washington Redskins that helped them acquire Julio Jones. However, in a draft that looks to still have some first round grade talent, the Falcons could pick up a gem in round two. has put together an intriguing 2nd-round mock draft that has the Atlanta Falcons taking South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Stephon Gilmore:

Atlanta Falcons: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
It doesn't appear as though Brent Grimes will be back in Atlanta next year. The coaching staff reportedly was miffed that he sat out the playoff game, possibly to avoid further injury that could have ruined his pay day. Meanwhile, Dunta Robinson won't be around in 2013 if he doesn't improve his play.

In the Falcons 24-2 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants, the secondary was continually exposed. With Grimes gone and Robinson looking to be on the wrong side of his prime, a talented cornerback would be vital to keeping the defense up to standard.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic, and for more updates on the draft, head over to Mocking The Draft.

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