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NBA Draft 2016: Two potential Atlanta Hawks targets reportedly could fall due to injury concerns

One report indicates that the Hawks could be the beneficiary of some injury concerns when it comes to the draft stock of two highly coveted prospects.

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In advance of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks have been linked to numerous prospects when discussing the number 21 overall pick. That makes a great deal of sense given that so much will happen before the Hawks come on the clock, but a report surfaced on Monday morning indicating that two players previously thought to be out of Atlanta's range could be slipping.

Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis and Michigan State swingman Denzel Valentine are both projected as mid-first round selections when taking the consensus into account, but each has been in the conversation for the Hawks. Ulis was recently mocked to Atlanta under the pretense that Jeff Teague could be moving on, and while there are real concerns about his lack of size (5-foot-10, 150 pounds), his talent and overall savvy could be more than useful in a backup role.

As for Valentine, there is some buzz that he could fall into the lap of the Hawks, and that would be a surprise. Because of his status as an NCAA Player of the Year (alongside Buddy Hield), Valentine is a household name in basketball circles, but he also did wonders for his draft stock in 2015-2016, and only the aforementioned injury concerns could allow him to drop to this extent. Still, at least one mock has this as a possibility, and it should be on the radar to some degree.

The 2016 NBA Draft is ten days away, and the information pipeline appears to be heating up in grand fashion. Stay tuned.