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Smith says Trufant, Alford, other first-year players pass test in Falcons' intense rookie camp

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    Atlanta Falcons cornerbacks Robert Alford, left, and Desmond Trufant talk during NFL football rookie minicamp, Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) from Southeast Louisiana, works out during NFL football rookie minicamp, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Sean Renfre, from Duke, works out during NFL football rookie minicamp, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo, from Stanford, works out during NFL football rookie minicamp, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Falcons cornerbacks Desmond Trufant, from Washington, works out during NFL football rookie minicamp, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis) (The Associated Press)

Mike Smith says he tried to test Atlanta Falcons rookies with an overload of information in a short period of time.

The coach says the first-year players survived the test during three practices at the rookie camp which ended Sunday. The rookie class, topped by Atlanta's first two draft picks, cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, also showed skills to impress Smith and his staff.

The draft picks were joined by undrafted rookie free agents and first-year players invited for tryouts. It was the start of what Smith said is the "recalibration" of the Falcons roster.

Highlights included the speed of Trufant and Alford, the strength and pass-rush promise of defensive end Malliciah Goodman and the size and good hands of 6-foot-8 tight end Levine Toilolo.

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