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Dimitroff talks about the trade up for Julio Jones

Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff has won two of the last three Sporting News executive of the year awards.  He made a trade on Thursday that, if it works out, could put him in line for the same and similar accolades.

Dimitroff joined ProFootballTalk Live on Monday to discuss the trade that resulted in the Falcons jumping 21 spots, landing Alabama receiver Julio Jones with the sixth overall pick.

Dimitroff knows that the move positions the Falcons for criticism and scrutiny, and he seems to be fine with that.  The Falcons wanted Julio Jones, and they got him.  For Dimitroff, that’s all that matters right now.

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29 Responses to “Dimitroff talks about the trade up for Julio Jones”
  1. ubummer says: May 2, 2011 2:03 PM

    Right before he was drafted, did Jones just step off the set of La Cage aux Folles?

  2. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 2, 2011 2:04 PM

    “Dimitroff knows that the move positions the Falcons for criticism and scrutiny, and he seems to be fine with that. The Falcons wanted Julio Jones, and they got him. For Dimitroff, that’s all that matters right now.”

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    So dummytroll doesn’t care that the Browns swooped in, robbed him blind, took advantage of him, and then disappeared, leaving him wondering “what the hell just happened”?

  3. chc4 says: May 2, 2011 2:06 PM

    Your conclusion that it’s actually 5 picks is silly. They swapped 1sts this year so they kept a first rounder. In exchange for getting #6, they gave up 5 picks so I see your point… it just doesn’t make sense. Dimitroff is right. In exchange for swapping #27 for #6, the Browns received 4 additional picks (and 1 first rounder). That’s how I evaluate it.

  4. myeaglescantwin says: May 2, 2011 2:08 PM

    unless he says,, “wow, you guys are right.. we did give up way to much for this guy.” I’ll still think he’s an idiot.

  5. ubummer says: May 2, 2011 2:09 PM

    In case you forgot, this is the second year in a row that the Browns had THE trade in the offseason. Last year it was Quinn for Hillis and a 6th rounder.

  6. burntorangehorn says: May 2, 2011 2:10 PM

    Okay, what rapper started wearing bowties with suits and caused all these football players to follow suit?

  7. brothaman1 says: May 2, 2011 2:11 PM

    He gave up too much.

  8. nflsucker says: May 2, 2011 2:21 PM

    I’m just glad the Falcons chose to get fleeced (if that’s what it turns out to be) by someone other than the Patriots. You’d think that eventually, an antsy team would look at how Bellichik punked the last half dozen trading partners, and they might say: “What’s wrong with this picture?”

  9. chc4 says: May 2, 2011 2:24 PM

    When was the last time Cleveland did something right? Advantage Dimitroff.

  10. benh999 says: May 2, 2011 2:24 PM

    For DeBag Smith’s reference, that trade was the worst deal in the history of professional sports.

  11. rpiotr01 says: May 2, 2011 2:29 PM

    Falcons had a normal schedule, were nearly injury free and got hacked to pieces by the Packers in the playoffs – and he’s the exec of the year? Yeah, good call.

    He’ll keep racking up exec of the year trophies while the Lombardi’s pile up elsewhere. I think that Tampa will have another championship before his Falcons do.

  12. ilovefoolsball says: May 2, 2011 2:34 PM

    This is close to the Ricky Williams trade that the Saints pulled off. Gave up waaayyy too much for one player who isn’t even a consistent pass catcher.

  13. milesrunner262 says: May 2, 2011 2:36 PM

    If Jones becomes what they think he will be then I think both teams won. The falcons gave up a first rounder next year and then picks that are more often than not back-ups, special teamers or players who never play a down.

  14. cmstrick says: May 2, 2011 2:45 PM

    If Julio Jones isn’t the next Randy Moss, Dimitroff’s going to get a few awards he doesn’t want…

    Think of it this way: when was the last time a team gave up that much for a PROVEN player? Dimitroff just mortgaged the Falcons’ future for someone who hasn’t taken a snap yet.

    Regardless of outcome, it was a stupid move.

  15. touchdownroddywhite says: May 2, 2011 2:50 PM

    The Falcons had a “normal” schedule? I do recall them facing several staunch defenses last year:

    Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland(laugh if you want, they had a great start to the season defensively), and GB to name a couple. Just sayin’.

    In reference to the cost of the trade, we traded 1st rounders, so that’s somewhat negated. We gave up our 2nd this year 1st and 4th next year. If compensatory picks still take place next year we stand a great chance of recouping that 4th rounder, and IF that does happen we will have given up basically a 2nd and 4th round pick to jump up through 2/3 of this years first round to grab the consensus 2nd best WR in the draft, and that aint bad.

  16. dukemarc says: May 2, 2011 2:54 PM

    milesrunner262 says:
    May 2, 2011 2:36 PM
    If Jones becomes what they think he will be then I think both teams won. The falcons gave up a first rounder next year and then picks that are more often than not back-ups, special teamers or players who never play a down.

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    Do the Falcons not need back-ups and spefcial teamers? More importantly, how are they going to get their defense off the field next year?

  17. schmitty2 says: May 2, 2011 3:07 PM

    This will either be the ballsiest trade ever or a trade of Hershel Walker type proportions

  18. phillycheez says: May 2, 2011 3:10 PM

    I wonder if they offered that same deal to Cincinnati. I have to believe they would have taken it and Atlanta would have ended up with the BEST receiver in the draft. Too many question marks on this guy to give up as much as they did, in my opinion.

  19. kusheadpotman says: May 2, 2011 4:48 PM

    As a Bucs fan, I love this move.

  20. tripster999 says: May 2, 2011 4:51 PM

    touchdownroddywhite, sorry no compensatory picks for a trade. Nice try though.

  21. bigdawgey says: May 2, 2011 4:55 PM

    Where are the audio podcasts of Friday’s and Today’s show? I drive an hour home in the afternoon and enjoy listening to PFT Live on the way.

  22. scra22 says: May 2, 2011 4:57 PM

    kusheadpotman says:
    May 2, 2011 4:48 PM
    As a Bucs fan, I love this move.

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    As a Saints fan, I love it too.

  23. scra22 says: May 2, 2011 5:07 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says:
    May 2, 2011 2:50 PM
    The Falcons had a “normal” schedule? I do recall them facing several staunch defenses last year:

    Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland(laugh if you want, they had a great start to the season defensively), and GB to name a couple. Just sayin’.

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    That was pretty much offset by playing the Panthers twice and the NFC West.

  24. trickbunny says: May 2, 2011 5:27 PM

    chc4 says:
    May 2, 2011 2:24 PM

    When was the last time Cleveland did something right? Advantage Dimitroff.
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    Wow, all these other comments seem to.. not… support your viewpoint. In fact, I’d say a whopping… ZERO… percent of other posters agree with your assessment.

    Gee, you must be (in)correct, then.

  25. tdurk34 says: May 2, 2011 6:21 PM

    Rumor has it Tom Heckart had a ski mask on while talking the the Falcons about the trade.

  26. bradyquinnbiggestnflbust says: May 2, 2011 10:14 PM

    Maybe Dimitroff should have watched the highlight reel of dropped passes they showed once Jones was drafted prior to letting Heckert rape him

  27. bigslizzle4twizzle says: May 3, 2011 3:40 PM

    This is one of those trades that everyone can say that it was a good trade or the Falcons gave up to much. Only time will tell and its up to Julio to be a star in this league and prove the doubters wrong. Prior to the draft everyone wants their team to move up and draft an explosive player until it actually happens and you realize what needs to be given up to execute a trade like this. What the doubters need to realize is that there will hopefully be a free agency period where ATL will be looking to improve on their defense by adding veterans. A win now mentality for a competitive team cannot be based on one player alone being drafted and I would imagine the falcons will go after a top DE and a Guard depending on who they are able to resign. With 4.3 speed opposite of Roddy White opposing defenses cannot just shut down 1 person and stop this team anymore.

  28. touchdownroddywhite says: May 4, 2011 10:21 AM

    @tripster999 –

    Correct, no compensatory picks for the trade itself, but to assume we will have absolutely none due to loss of free agents is just silly.

  29. tripster999 says: May 4, 2011 11:20 AM

    @touchdownroddywhite

    yeah, but the trade has to stand on its own.

    Time will tell, but I’m skeptical…..

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