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Walls emerging for roster spot

August 20th, 2011

The NFL lockout presented a nearly impossible challenge for the several hundred undrafted rookies that entered training camps league-wide this summer. OTAs including May rookie camps and June passing camps are the prime time for undrafted players to impress coaches and build momentum to carry over into August’s training camps. But with the lockout, those OTAs were wiped off the books, and undrafted guys were forced to hit the ground running.

Because of this, their odds are even longer to make rosters around the league. And it appears that the Falcons are no different. But through two preseason games, if anyone has emerged to potentially beat the odds it would likely be cornerback Darrin Walls.

Walls made a nice play against the Dolphins by tipping a deep throw that wound up being intercepted. Against the Jaguars last night, he did not play great, but it’s clearly that the coaching staff thinks highly of him because of his extended reps with many second and third unit defenders.

Walls definitely has the inside track for the No. 5 cornerback position. Will he ultimately earn it? That remains to be seen. With some of the issues the Falcons have at the nickel spot, they may be better off reserving the fifth corner spot for a veteran. But at this point it would appear to be a major upset if Walls doesn’t at least earn a practice squad spot if not a full-time roster spot.

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