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Falcons’ Dimitroff: If there’s a player I like, I’ll trade up and get him

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Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff is not going to come right out and confirm the reports that he’s trying to trade up in the first round of the draft, because general managers never come right out and say what their draft plans are. But Dimitroff isn’t exactly hiding his interest in a trade, either.

Dimitroff pulled off a huge trade in 2011 when he packaged five picks to move up and draft wide receiver Julio Jones, and he said today that his philosophy is if there’s a player in the draft who can make the Falcons a significantly better team, he’s going to do what it takes to add that player.

“If you feel that you want to package picks to go up and get the player that you feel can help the team, well, then you use your draft picks as fodder to go after that player,” Dimitroff said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dimitroff isn’t naming any names of specific players he wants, but he is openly discussing the possibility of a trade.

“We’ve been open about it,” Dimitroff said, via ESPN.com. “I think it’s very clear we’re open for big deals if they come across our table and we’re interested.”

There’s been speculation that the Falcons are looking for an offensive playmaker, a cornerback or help on the defensive line. Whatever Dimitroff wants, if there’s a player he wants badly enough, he’ll go get him.

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41 Responses to “Falcons’ Dimitroff: If there’s a player I like, I’ll trade up and get him”
  1. gloryfromheaven says: Apr 18, 2013 4:24 PM

    They should learn from there last mistake when they gave up two 1st round picks, a 2nd round pick, and two 3rd round picks for Julio Jones. Yes they got one hell of a player but they got holes at on the defensive line to fill….

  2. hartcarluncarlun says: Apr 18, 2013 4:25 PM

    So lucky to have this guy as a GM. Truly one of the best in the league……if not the best!!!!

  3. thesteelers says: Apr 18, 2013 4:30 PM

    Regular season champs, postseason doormats.

  4. americankris says: Apr 18, 2013 4:31 PM

    I wanna see who my falcons are gonna take. The draft should be tonight darn it.

  5. joeytorontosucks says: Apr 18, 2013 4:31 PM

    Falcons are acting like they’re all in this year. Other than Gonzalez this team isn’t going anywhere for a while. Play it smart!!

  6. jjb0811 says: Apr 18, 2013 4:31 PM

    running the team knowing he has a pair! Love seeing him swing for the fence.

  7. thesteelers says: Apr 18, 2013 4:31 PM

    Matty Choke and the big-game crumblers will go 14-2 and lose in their divisional round game.

  8. dvdman123 says: Apr 18, 2013 4:33 PM

    LOL they have nothing to offer to trade up. The Falcons need to save their money to pay Ryan that max. contract.

  9. mullman76 says: Apr 18, 2013 4:36 PM

    In 3 years Reggie McKenzie will be widely regarded as the best GM in the NFL.

  10. joemammy says: Apr 18, 2013 4:37 PM

    Julio Jones and the #30 to Cleveland for the #6 pick!

    And we’ll throw in a couple Flying J hot dogs, too.

    C’mon Atlanta…you know you want to!!!

  11. profootballwalk says: Apr 18, 2013 4:37 PM

    gloryfromheaven says: Apr 18, 2013 4:24 PM

    They should learn from there last mistake when they gave up two 1st round picks, a 2nd round pick, and two 3rd round picks for Julio Jones. Yes they got one hell of a player but they got holes at on the defensive line to fill….
    *********************************************

    You’re telling us that Cleveland did better with all those picks?

  12. rockthered1286 says: Apr 18, 2013 4:40 PM

    Sure Julio is a great player but giving up 5 picks for a guy seems foolish to me. That is, unless he’s bringing you home a Lombardi. And with the choke artist under center? Not happening.

  13. fissels says: Apr 18, 2013 4:42 PM

    I’ll bet many of the teams in front of the Falcons will be ready to listen

  14. robrocker1959 says: Apr 18, 2013 4:43 PM

    AT gloryfromheaven:

    They should learn from there last mistake when they gave up two 1st round picks, a 2nd round pick, and two 3rd round picks for Julio Jones. Yes they got one hell of a player but they got holes at on the defensive line to fill….

    My take:
    It’s easy to say the Falcons have holes because they traded away picks. The reality is many of those picks may have been busts. If some of our 1st – 3rd round picks in the last few years would have panned out we would be fine. It’s not how many picks you have it’s how many hit the mark. See the following misses in the first three rounds for the last seven years:
    2006 37th pick Jimmy Willimas CB VT
    2007 8th pick Jamaal Anderson DE UArk
    2007 75th pick Laurent Robinson WR Ill St
    2008 68th pick Chevis Jackson CB LSU
    2009 90th pick Chris Owens CB SJ State

  15. thedownwardspiral says: Apr 18, 2013 4:44 PM

    Oh yeah, because you’re only a player away from the SB.

    Your choking QB and bone-headed coach will never win anything.

  16. norseyapper says: Apr 18, 2013 4:46 PM

    Sounds like a GM that thinks he is one key player from the big time.
    We’ll see, but when you mortgage your future for the present you’d best be right about it.

  17. deathonwings410 says: Apr 18, 2013 4:52 PM

    Two good WEs, a HOF TE, average QB and nothing else. They have no depth.

  18. hmpennypacker says: Apr 18, 2013 4:54 PM

    So they’ll trade up for Jordan if he starts to fall, or Ansah. They need that edge rusher.

  19. dlr4skins says: Apr 18, 2013 4:54 PM

    Hey Tom!

    RG3 was in last year’s draft………

  20. prosportswashington says: Apr 18, 2013 5:02 PM

    I think they could trade back into the 40’s-50’s to get Eddie Lacy or Blidi-Wreh Wilson. Both would fit with the team and also be a big help in their division as well as filling needs

  21. catfanatic1979v1 says: Apr 18, 2013 5:02 PM

    Jacksonville will gladly take all over your picks from the first 4 rounds plus next years 1st. BTW, David Caldwell says hi!

  22. hardh3ad says: Apr 18, 2013 5:08 PM

    lol matt ryan a choker? maybe thats why he has the most game winning comeback drives in the past 5 years. there is only about 6 others qb’s that u can even consider to be better the rest need to chill. julio is better than any other player the browns got all rolled in one big ball straight up. WTF is a brandon weeden? tf is a josh gordon? lol! real recievers in the ATL u boys better get right.

  23. oklahomaseahawk says: Apr 18, 2013 5:13 PM

    Yea I like the Harvin deal better but I guess it balances out seeing as to how big his contract was. Julio is a matchup nightmare for corners on an island 1 on 1. I just don’t see why though Gonzalez is done after this year, and honestly we played you guys in the playoffs but I can’t remember anyone who was keyed as an impact player on defense besides John Abraham who was banged up… I’m not tryna start a riot just sayin those picks can become players like Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, & maybe even a Geno Smith but you won’t know giving them away every couple of years.

  24. shmendal says: Apr 18, 2013 5:16 PM

    Wow, I wish Parcells would have stayed in Atlanta and Miami could have gotten this guy instead…

  25. ravensallday2012 says: Apr 18, 2013 5:26 PM

    Lol how can u love this gm. How many rings does he have??

  26. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 18, 2013 5:28 PM

    I’m kinda sick of hearing about this guy like he’s some kind of demiGod.
    They got to the championship game sure but that’s it.

    I’m not complaining though. If the Falcons ever won a superbowl you’d never hear a louder bunch of frontrunning fans outside of San Fran.

  27. brianfromcanada says: Apr 18, 2013 5:33 PM

    Here’s ryans stats from the NFC Championship.
    CMP 30
    ATT 42
    YDS 396
    CMP% 71.4
    AVG 9.43
    TD 3
    INT 1
    RAT 114.8

    If anyone thinks that Ryan is average and choked in that game does not know football or is just a jealous hater. He is easily a top 10 QB. I would say closer to top 5. as for that Julio trade. would you trade him for the 5 guys cleavland got in the draft. would depth have got us to the SB last year? TD has made this team competitive every year and better then they have been since there inception in 1965. There are 28 teams watching them play last year. thats pretty good. Don’t get me wrong I want a SB, but to think changing what we have been doing is going to make us better is ridiculous. Everyone needs to quit crying and enjoy this team being better then it has ever been in almost 50 years!

  28. bearssuck says: Apr 18, 2013 5:41 PM

    I like Dimitroff’s Hair

  29. atsbuzz says: Apr 18, 2013 5:44 PM

    I was against the trade for Julio. I cursed my TV when I saw how much TD gave up. It’s turned out ok so far.

    But I agree with the idea that the defense needs new blood. Osi should help some, but I’m not sold on him as the cure-all. Got to go straight defense in first few rounds unless Lattimore is available with the second fourth rounder.

    And to the Seahawks and Niners fans: When our defense is just a little better this year, you’ll learn some respect. Falcons tried to hand/handed you the games.

  30. officialgame says: Apr 18, 2013 5:45 PM

    I guess despite picking at the end of the first round he still feels the league is oyster. Can’t say the man doesn’t have balls.

  31. americankris says: Apr 18, 2013 5:54 PM

    They should learn from there last mistake when they gave up two 1st round picks, a 2nd round pick, and two 3rd round picks for Julio Jones. Yes they got one hell of a player but they got holes at on the defensive line to fill….They should learn from there last mistake when they gave up two 1st round picks, a 2nd round pick, and two 3rd round picks for Julio Jones. Yes they got one hell of a player but they got holes at on the defensive line to fill….
    ———————————-
    The only people who learn from there mistake is the browns. They could of had Juilo and Josh Gordon right now.

  32. gammynomnom says: Apr 18, 2013 5:56 PM

    LOL, says a lot about how they feel about Matt Ryan if they think they still need more offensive firepower.

    Sorry falctards, can’t have but 11 men on the field.

  33. seatownballers says: Apr 18, 2013 6:02 PM

    Seahawks and Niners are still better. :-P

  34. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Apr 18, 2013 6:22 PM

    This team can charm the pants off the national media for the next decade with Matty Ice’s all-American looks, awwww shucks demeanor, and that high-flying offense. But every January it’s time to bump uglies with a team that LIKES playing defense.

  35. thefiesty1 says: Apr 18, 2013 6:31 PM

    How’d that trade work out for Cleveland? No so good I’d think. Buyer beware when trading away a player for a bunch of nothing.

  36. noring4youstill says: Apr 18, 2013 6:46 PM

    So says the other 31 GMs. Wow this guys a real trend setter.

  37. detroitlives says: Apr 18, 2013 6:46 PM

    The irony of the picture, showing the two Lions db’s, is so damn perfect….considering that just today….Lions GM said that he would love to trade down into the bottom half.

    Coincidence???

    Does PFT know something we don’t???

  38. jprcox says: Apr 18, 2013 7:08 PM

    I am sorry, but it would be hard for me to say the trade for Jones was worth it. It may not be a bust, which it could have been, but its not like other players haven’t been taken who are as good as Jones without such movement.

    I guess we will see, but Falcons gave up 3-4 starters for 1 player. Now they have serious D needs. Hard to go to SB with a poor D.

  39. randallflagg52 says: Apr 18, 2013 7:54 PM

    Wide receivers only win championships in Madden. Atlanta was stupid to give up so much for Julio Jones. Just because the Factory of Sadness lost that trade doesn’t mean Atlanta won it.

  40. jimmylions says: Apr 18, 2013 8:33 PM

    I’ve seen talk somewhere about Atlanta swapping picks with Detroit, but I don’t see any of the likely top five picks being worth how much that swap would cost the Falcons.

    In order to move to #5, Atlanta would have to give up next year’s number one and a couple of mid round picks this year. I don’t see it happening.

    But if it did … I’d be a happy guy.

  41. tiggerblood says: Apr 19, 2013 4:28 AM

    They’re looking to move up to get one of the two premier guards in the draft. They can’t mess around this year and wait on a linemen the Falcons need a player they can plug in right away and move Konz to center maybe he’ll play better there because he was just terrible. Cooper or Warmack would be a nice fit. Oh yea didn’t they cut Clabo too? Add Fluker to that list too because if they let the draft come to them those three will almost certainly be gone. Of course the line on the other side of the ball could use some help too. I see them going O-line though they need to protect their soon to be $100 million dollar man.

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