The Falcons moved up three spots in the second round, from the 44th overall to the 41st overall to take Arkansas cornerback Chris Houston. It is the second former Razorback the Falcons have taken in this draft after No. 1 pick Jamaal Anderson.
Houston is considered one of the top cornerbacks in this league. Houston (5’11” 185) impressed at the Combine with his speed, running a 4.32 40-yard dash, and benching 225 pounds 27 times showing impressive strength for his size.
Houston went up against some of college football’s top wideouts last season including Dwayne Jarrett and Robert Meachem, and came away the victor.
Houston could challenge last year’s second round pick Jimmy Williams for a starting job, but more than likely solidifies the nickel spot for the short-term, and gives the team another potential starter at cornerback.
The Falcons traded the second of their three 4th round picks (121st overall) to the Minnesota Vikings in order to draft Houston.