Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux said Tuesday he'd like to see the Falcons make defense their top priority in this week's NFL draft.
Some important names were missing from the 2012 defense when Atlanta returned this week to begin its offseason program. Defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson were released. Cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Chris Owens and defensive tackle Vance Walker left as free agents.
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora signed a two-year deal with Atlanta, but still Babineaux sees holes to fill as players returned to the training facility.
The Falcons have the 30th pick in the first round Thursday night. The team could look for help at cornerback or another pass-rusher.
''I'm hoping we're maybe leaning that way,'' Babineaux said. ''We're kind of short on the defensive side right now.''
The Falcons were 13-3 in 2012 and beat Seattle in the playoffs before a close loss to San Francisco in the NFC championship game.
The team also has significant losses...