Falcons trying to trade up in the NFL draft

AP

Two years ago, the Falcons made no secret in the days before the draft that they were looking to trade up to get a wide receiver, and they would eventually send two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two fourth-round picks to Cleveland so that they could draft Julio Jones sixth overall. That worked well enough that the Falcons are now trying to move up again.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that the Falcons are trying to trade up from their current first-round pick, which is No. 30 overall. King said he doesn’t know which player or players the Falcons are targeting, but they apparently like someone whom they expect to be off the board before No. 30 overall.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently suggested that the Falcons might try to trade up for a cornerback like Alabama’s Dee Milliner, Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes or Washington’s Desmond Trufant. They could also covet one of the draft’s top pass rushers after releasing veteran defensive end John Abraham. There’s also talk that they might like to acquire Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert and give him a year to learn from Tony Gonzalez (who is expected to retire after the 2013 season) before taking over for Gonzalez in 2014 as the team’s No. 1 tight end.

Whatever the Falcons’ plans are, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff showed everyone when he traded up for Jones that he’s not afraid to make a bold move if there’s a player he loves.

79 responses to “Falcons trying to trade up in the NFL draft

  1. Steelers should trade down. . . .

    They have no cap room. . .

    They need to fill a ton of positions. . .

    And maybe they could get future picks to wheel and deal with. . .

  2. Call me crazy, but I think there’s an outside chance they’re looking at Tavon Austin to put in the slot between Julio and White. That would be ridiculous.

  3. I’m normally against trading up, but Dimitroff has done such a good job building this team that he has the right to do whatever the hell he wants. Plus, I think they really are a piece or 2 away.

  4. Can they really afford to do that, though? They have holes at d-line, corner and right tackle after losing several players in FA and cutting Clabo, and they need to get a successor for Tony Gonzalez after this year and Steven Jackson in a few as well; some of these holes were created by draft picks lost in the Julio Jones trade.

    They’re a solid team(they made it to the NFC game after all) but I don’t think they’re in a good position to trade up.

  5. as a panthers fan i’d love to see us trading our #14, falcons may be trying to trade up higher though.

  6. Taking into account Dimitroff’s track record for sigining free agents (except Gonzo and Samuel, I guess) it probably would be wise to hold on to draft picks.

  7. Ahem, Kevin Colbert & Mike Tomlin…. You might want to give GM Dimitroff a call….. Steelers are in a multi-year rebuild/reload mode, we need all the picks we can get!

  8. Don’t press your luck. Moves like that work once every 20 years. Julio Jones could have easily been another Mike Williams failure setting the Falcons back like the Redskins used to be (and will be).

  9. falcons can trade with the browns again. this and next years first, this years 2, a 4 the this year and next would give the browns some ammo. maybe even a 6th this year.

  10. No problem. He can have our #3 pick for two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two fourth-round picks, same as what he paid for the #6 two years ago.

    Considering inflation and that he’s moving up to #3 instead of #6, which means he’s getting twice the bang for the buck, I think he should accept my offer with gratitude. 😉

  11. They must have seen enough of Matty Ice and are trying to piece together a trade up for Geno Smith.

  12. mullman76 says:

    Big Reg should trade him the #3 overall for #30 plus several mid round picks.

    That would be sweet.

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    Uh no, that would be stupid.

  13. It wouldn’t shock me if the Falcons try to trade all the way up to #2 with the Jags, here’s why…

    The Jags are in full blown rebuilding mode and want nothing more than to stockpile picks this year and next…

    The Falcons could get Dion Jordan or Milliner to try to win it this year with Tony G…

    The Jags new GM Caldwell came from the Falcons and has a good relationship with Dimitroff so this could be viewed as a win -win for both teams considering their current stages…

  14. The Falcons want to move into the top 10 in order to draft Wide Receiver Tavon Austin. Austin would take over the Slot position and give the Falcons the most dangerous group of Receivers in the league, hands down.

  15. I wish they would trade for Jabaal Sheard from the Browns. He’s a 4-3 DE all day and they are going to destroy his career shifting him to 3-4 OLB.

    My guess is they are going after a corner. Though I like Taylor from Boise St who just may slide to them at 30.

  16. All the picks they gave Cleveland to get Julio didn’t help the Browns one bit. They wasted them and Colt had no one to throw
    To.

  17. Common first round picks (in mocks) they have met with:

    Jonathan Cyprien, Alec Ogletree & Desmond Trufant..

    If someone caught their attention and they need to trade up, it’s more than likely one of those guys.

    Trufant & Cyprien probably won’t require trading up too much where Ogletree might be top 15.

    Doubt they’re looking for top 10 but just want to trade up a bit to ensure they get their man.

  18. tjacks7 says:
    Apr 17, 2013 12:19 PM

    Call me crazy, but I think there’s an outside chance they’re looking at Tavon Austin to put in the slot between Julio and White. That would be ridiculous.
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    Yes that would be ridiculous. In a bad way

  19. I’d love to see the Raiders trade down twice int he first round….once with someone such as Miami and then again with a team such as the Falcons. Stockpile picks in this year as well as gain additional high picks in 2014……

  20. They set their own draft-day trade cost a bit high already. Don’t get me wrong because I love day 1 trades, but they are costly.

  21. its hard to say exactly how effective the trade up to get julio is without knowing who they would have drafted if they stayed with those picks.

    whens the last time a team won the SB while trading away multiple 1st round picks???

  22. Since misinformation is standard practice this time of year, this probably means they are trying to trade down.

  23. Nah. They’re not trading up. Because King’s report is non specific, it sounds like the Falcons are putting out pre-draft smoke and mirrors to misdirect other teams as to their real target in round one.

    It’s getting crazy, don’t fall for every report you hear.

  24. —————————————————-
    gaeaglefan1023 says:
    Apr 17, 2013 12:26 PM
    Gotta admit…I thought they were FOOLS for giving up all those picks to get Julio Jones…
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    They WERE fools. Just because Julio Jones seems to have panned out, doesn’t mean it was the right move. Last I checked, Julio hadn’t taken them to a Superbowl. They gave up 2 firsts, a second and 2 fourths. Maybe with those extra players instead of a WR (the most overrated position in football), it would have been just enough to overcome those 4 points in the conference game.

  25. K.C. wants to move down. I think ATL should trade for the #1. Pick. They can give KC their 1st and 2nd round picks for this year and the next 2 years. It would be worth it to get the #1 pick.
    That would be the smart thing to do.

    A Saints Fan.

  26. I still don’t think considering what they gave up to draft Julio Jones that Falcon’s came out ahead on the deal. The guy is good but was he worth what they gave up to get him…….I don’t think so.

  27. Our phone lines in Jacksonville are open and ready for you call. The second pick can be yours if you are willing and ready to let us have most of your other draft picks.

  28. justintuckrule says: Apr 17, 2013 12:32 PM

    Don’t press your luck. Moves like that work once every 20 years. Julio Jones could have easily been another Mike Williams failure setting the Falcons back like the Redskins used to be (and will be).
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    Uh, ever heard the names Ron Dayne (2000) or William Joseph (2003)? Redskins also managed to acquire the correct Moss brother (Santana, not Sinorice – the 2006 Giants bust).

  29. Please call Mr. Emery in Chicago.. we’ll gladly trade you the #20 pick for that #30 and obviously some other draft picks… As a Bears fan, I’d take that in a heartbeat.

  30. Atlanta’s 2013 draft picks:

    1.30, 2.28, 3.30, 4.30, 5.30, 6.30, 7.30

    As for trading up, it depends on how high they wanna go from #30.

    Judging by their above picks for this year, can’t see them being able to trade many positions up

  31. If I were a Falcons fan, I would be excited about how the team is being built for extreme short-term (next two years), but would be terrified of what will eventually happen when their stars age (we’ve already seen what has happened to Turner and Abraham, Gonzalez will likely be gone after this year too). They then won’t have any picks to start re-building, but Ryan will still be in the tail end of his prime years. It’ll sort of be like an Oakland Raiders type situation where they won’t have the draft ammunition to rebuild for a couple of years.

  32. Its simple science. You trade a 5th and 7th to the Cardinals for Palmer. You then trade Palmer to the Raiders for a 1st this year and a 2nd next. And thats how its done.

    – A Bengals Fan

  33. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Lions trade the 5th pick with them. If they can get a boat load of picks anyway. Like the Falcons 1st round pick for this year, next year… and a 2nd and 3rd rounder for this year too.

  34. I hope they do trade up as high as possible, at least to a top 10 slot, and pick a CB. That would be sweet. Since they are at slot 30 right now, I would imagine they would have to give up this year’s #1 and 2 (essentially those equate to a 2nd and 3rd round level talent since again, it’s pick 30), and next year’s # 1 and 2.

  35. They’re going to move up to get a quarterback that can lead them to the superbowl since they don’t have one.
    Even though there aren’t any surefire studs in this draft at QB, they’re desperate.

  36. Gotta admit…I thought they were FOOLS for giving up all those picks
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    They were. He’s good, but would you trade two 1st rounders, a 2nd rounder, and two 4th rounders for him? I wouldn’t

  37. buhbay1c says: Apr 17, 2013 12:28 PM

    Taking into account Dimitroff’s track record for sigining free agents (except Gonzo and Samuel, I guess) it probably would be wise to hold on to draft picks.
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    those were not free agent signings, Gonzo was a trade from KC and Samuel was a trade from Philly.

  38. Falcons receive:
    1st round pick (#18)
    5th round pick (#151)

    Cowboys receive:
    1st round pick (#30)
    2nd round pick (#60)
    4th round pick (#133)

    PULL THE TRIGGER JERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. It won’t cost them as much as Julio Jones did to move up. Look at the Cowboys last year. They went from #15 (i think) to #6 for a 1st and a 2nd. With rookie wage scale, picks have become less valueable.

  40. Its simple science. You trade a 5th and 7th to the Cardinals for Palmer. You then trade Palmer to the Raiders for a 1st this year and a 2nd next. And thats how its done.

    – A Bengals Fan

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    Love It!!!

    -Another Bengals Fan

  41. musicman495 says:
    Apr 17, 2013 1:31 PM
    justintuckrule says: Apr 17, 2013 12:32 PM

    Don’t press your luck. Moves like that work once every 20 years. Julio Jones could have easily been another Mike Williams failure setting the Falcons back like the Redskins used to be (and will be).
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    Uh, ever heard the names Ron Dayne (2000) or William Joseph (2003)? Redskins also managed to acquire the correct Moss brother (Santana, not Sinorice – the 2006 Giants bust).
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    Uh….I’m not talking about moving up one or two spots while picking in the mid 20s. We’ve had a 1st rd pick every year this millenium except for the one time we traded for our 2x SB MVP. You guys pick in the 1st rd, what? Every 4 years?

    By the way…don’t get me started on comparing draft histories. You traded away your 1st rd pick for Dan Wilkinson. Check and Mate.

  42. The Falcon can have the Browns’ pick at #6.

    Just send Julio Jones and the #30 pick to the Browns.

    Done deal.

  43. thetroofishere says:

    PULL THE TRIGGER JERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jerry Jones is too busy checking the couch in his office for loose change to pay whoever is lucky enough to be drafted by him.

  44. As we get closer to the draft, would it be possible for PFT to publish the infamous card that teams use to show the numeric value of each pic?

  45. If one of them is there when the Pats pick it would make a good match. New England is strapped for picks, and LOVES to trade down and gain more. Plus it wouldnt be a large leap for the Falcons.

  46. They need to draft a QB of the future who they can work into the rotation in the second half of playoff games.

  47. Idk why anyone who is a fan of a team drafting in the top-10 thinks it’s going to be their team.
    The Falcons, simply do not have the ammo to get that high.
    To get around 8-12 they would have to give first and second this year, first and second next year, and probably a 5th this year. No player in this draft is worth that, and the Falcons are good enough at drafting to know that.
    More likely, they are looking to jump a dozen or so spots in hopes of grabbing Rhodes, or a falling pass-rusher (Mingo.)

    If there is a trade, I would wager they go no higher than 16.

    And for people talking about Tavon Austin being the target; reeally? I mean c’mon. Use your brain a bit. You do realize a team needs more than a bunch of good wide-outs, right?

    They have 3 great threats. They don’t need another. In fact, receivers are probably the area they are strongest in,
    No need to blow your future on someone who will start the year as your 4th best target.

  48. Teams that are in “one piece away” mode are the likely culprits to trade up. Teams like SF and ATL are in their SB windows now and, all things being equal, don’t “need” a lot of draft picks.

    That said, a draft pick deficient team will need a lot to go along with a #30 overall pick. This draft isn’t THAT balanced. I mean bad teams like my Raiders are putting up 4 wins a year because they lack talent. Let’s get some but not at any cost.

  49. Jacksonville is looking to trade down but I dont think they want to go as far as 30th overall. It would have to be a really large package of picks across two years to make that trade.

  50. I still don’t understand why everyone thinks giving away the draft a couple of years ago for Julio Jones was this amazing move. The guy is good….not great…and has never caught a pass when it mattered. He has a bunch of first half and garbage time td’s but is not a game changer by anymeans. Thats not to say he won’t be in the future but I don’t see Thomas D being this brilliant draft mind. He has had more big busts during the draft and free agency than wins.

  51. They are looking to get to the 15-18 range to grab Eddie Lacy. They need a feature running back and he’s the kind of bruiser that can step in and replace Turner.

  52. edsbay says:
    Apr 17, 2013 3:53 PM
    I still don’t understand why everyone thinks giving away the draft a couple of years ago for Julio Jones was this amazing move. The guy is good….not great…and has never caught a pass when it mattered. He has a bunch of first half and garbage time td’s but is not a game changer by anymeans. Thats not to say he won’t be in the future but I don’t see Thomas D being this brilliant draft mind. He has had more big busts during the draft and free agency than wins.
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    So clearly you haven’t watched the Falcons let alone Jones in particular. Thanks for the laugh though 🙂

  53. No matter how many picks they have they still employ Mike Smith. Never will get there with that idiot coach and Maddie Ice.

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