Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Falcons Select Booker

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Falcons Select Booker

Article excerpt

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons addressed two defensive

liabilities and added one of the nation's premier college

running backs with their first three selections in the NFL

draft yesterday.

New coach Dan Reeves chose Nebras ka cornerback Michael Book

er 11th over all, Indiana defensive line man Nathan Davis 32nd

and Texas Tech tailback Byron Hanspard 40th.

The team also selected tight end O.J. Santiago of Kent in the

third round after failing in an attempt to trade up late in the

first round to get California's Tony Gonzalez.

Booker, the biggest of the six defensive backs taken in the

first round at 6-1 1/2, 205, is projected to start at right

cornerback. Davis, 6-5, 312 pounds, will compete for a starting

tackle job after playing end for the Hoosiers.

Hanspard, the Doak Walker Award winner as the nation's best

runner last fall, joins a backfield that includes 1,000yard

rusher Jamal Anderson and fullback Bob Christian. …

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