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Updated Falcons' depth chart with undrafted rookies

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Falcons have moved a few players to new position.

North Dakota linebacker Will Ratelle was a linebacker, but will get look at fullback for the Falcons.

He played in 40 games with 23 starts and recorded 266 total tackles. He earned first-team All-Big Sky honors after recording 110 total tackles and four sacks last season.

Also, C.J. Goodwin, who was on the practice squad was moved to cornerback. He's 6-foot-4, 220 pounder, which is the same size of huge Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner.

Goodwin was used in practice at cornerback last season and went against star wide receiver Julio Jones.

“Guarding Julio Jones is not the easiest job on the planet,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We said, ‘we might have something here.’ “

Goodwin, who has ties to former Steeler great Mel Blount, was fine with the move.

“We talked to him after the season and said we wanted to go down this road,” Quinn said. “He wanted to do it. He’s going full-time at corner now. We’ll leave him there and see what it looks like. He’s got great ball skills. Can he play full speed and tackle? Those are things we’ll find out over the next few weeks.”

Goodwin, 26, played at California (Pa.) and was in camp with the Steelers. He also played two college seasons of basketball.

Also, Josh Dawson, who played defensive end at Georgia, is listed as a linebacker by the Falcons.

Here's  an updated -- post- rookie minicamp -- look at the projected Atlanta Falcons depth chart.


WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 Justin Hardy, 17 Devin Hester, 87 Devin Fuller, 18 Jordan Leslie

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton

LG 67 Andy Levitre, 71 Wes Schweitzer, 64 Collin Rahrig, 79 Shabaz Ahmed

C   51 Alex Mack, 62 James Stone, 69 Jake Reed

RG 65 Chris Chester, 68 Mike Person, 63 Ben Garland

RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 72 Bryce Harris, 61 Cody Elenz

TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 80 Levine Toilolo, 81 Austin Hooper, 86 D.J. Tialavea, 82 Joshua Perkins

WR Mohamed Sanu, 14 Eric Weems, 15 Nick Williams, 19 Aldrick Robinson, 85 J.D. McKissic, 89 Daje Johnson, 7 David Glidden

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 12 Sean Renfree, 8 Matt Schaub, 1 Matt Simms

RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 28 Terron Ward, 35 Gus Johnson, 20 Brandon Wills

FB 42 Patrick DiMarco, 39 Will Ratelle


RDE  99 Adrian Clayborn, 94 Tyson Jackson, 71 Brandon Williams

DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 98 Cory Johnson

DT 90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes

LDE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr


LB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 50 Brooks Reed, 41 Philip Wheeler, 59 De'Vondre Campbell, 46 Torrey Green,  48 Ivan McLennan

LB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 53 LaRoy Reynolds, 54 Josh Dawson

RCB 25 Akeem King, 32 Jalen Collins, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 38 David Mims II


NCB 23 Robert Alford, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 34 Brian Poole

LCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 39 Jordan Sefon

FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman

SS 22 Keanu Neal, 30 Charles Godfrey, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms


K 3 Matt Bryant, 1 Nick Rose

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 17 Devin Hester, 14 Eric Weems

PR 17 Devin Hester, 14 Eric Weems

LS 47 Josh Harris

H 5 Matt Bosher

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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.