FLOWERY BRANCH - Optimism for the opening of Atlanta Falcons training camp isn't really a new concept. Even during the down years as the organization went through summer practices in Suwanee, fans would show up for the opening of camp with the thought maybe that would be the year the Falcons would head in the right direction.
The Atlanta Falcons had a screaming need on the offensive line leading into the 2010 NFL Draft. The franchise took that need seriously with two picks on the offensive line, the second of which was fourth-round pick Joe Hawley from UNLV. Hawley is an asset with his versatility in the interior of the line, including starting at both guard and center during his college career with the Runnin' Rebels.