In desperate need of help in their secondary, the Atlanta Falcons traded a 2010 seventh round pick to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for cornerback Tye Hill.
Hill, the 15th overall draft pick in 2006, missed most of the last two seasons with injuries. As a rookie, he started 10 of 16 games and finished with three interceptions, four passes defended and one fumble recovery.
The Falcons need more experience in a secondary that has two returning starters, free safety Erik Coleman and right cornerback Chris Houston. But in a preseason win last Saturday over San Diego, Houston was beaten several times, including a series in which the Chargers converted long third-down passes.
If the Falcons can get their defensive issues ironed out, they’re going to challenge for a playoff berth and possibly even the Super Bowl. With an offense led by Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta is explosive. But again, they need to figure out their defensive woes before the start of the season.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com list the Falcons as 24/1 long shots to win Super Bowl XLIV and 13/1 to win the NFC Championship.
Posted: 9/1/09 8:45PM ET