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Falcons declare themselves open for more draft day dealing

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The Falcons have proven themselves willing to make big moves in the past.

So even though their reward for a 4-12 season is the sixth pick, Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff won’t rule out going higher.

“I think anyone who is worth their position in this league as a team-builder who’s not open to considering moving back or moving up, to me, is short-selling themselves because that’s what the draft is about,” Dimitroff said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “That’s what the activity, the exercise is about: it’s capitalizing on what is right for our organization, what is going to make our organization the best.

“If we deem on draft day that we think it’s best to move back and gain picks or move forward and land someone else, we will always consider that. I’ve said that time and again. I always want us, as an organization – me as a general manager and us as an organization – to be perceived as a group to pick up and call and make the offer and at least know that we’re open to discussion.”

There is room for maneuvering at the top of the draft, as the Browns have reportedly expressed willingness to move up from the fourth spot, and the Rams would listen to offers for the second pick.

The Falcons have well-stated needs for improvement along both lines, but in their current spot, they might not be able to guarantee a game-changer such as South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

But they could also justify using the pick on one of the top offensive tackles in the draft, which might not require a move.

Either way, the Falcons are open for business, and they don’t mind saying so.

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8 Responses to “Falcons declare themselves open for more draft day dealing”
  1. buhbay1c says: Jan 23, 2014 10:22 AM

    He is not a good GM.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 23, 2014 10:24 AM

    He’s right it’s about moving in the draft to create the best advantage for your team. Yet very few trades relative to how many teams are in the draft. Some of these teams just don’t know how to find and create action that is in their best interest. Lots of lazy GMs that don’t like to make phone calls and only do the deals that fall in their laps or take no time and effort to figure out.

  3. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 23, 2014 10:28 AM

    They’re just guessing.

  4. emcomatty says: Jan 23, 2014 10:58 AM

    He’s overrated

  5. SeenThisB4 says: Jan 23, 2014 11:25 AM

    Cause his last draft day deal has proven to be so beneficial for his team. LOL!

  6. wvuandsteelers says: Jan 23, 2014 1:05 PM

    I want a new LT. If Clowney drops, grab him, but I’m not entirely convinced he is worth trading up for. The LT from Auburn (Robinson?) would be a nice add for this team.

  7. 6ball says: Jan 23, 2014 1:51 PM

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    Believe it or not the most important person in this year’s draft may be Patriots QB, Ryan Mallet. If Bill O’Brien( his former position coach) believes he can provide better value than a rookie and acquires him, then the Texans can go off in any direction they want.

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  8. garyhd01 says: Jan 23, 2014 7:57 PM

    as a ram fan when the falcons jumped us to grab julio jones i was very unhappy but when washington jumped past cleveland to grab rg3 and gave us all the picks i was happy every draft is different but dimitroff, snead, and a select few are able to move around sucessfully, and i don’t think other GMs are lazy as one person said i honestly think many are scared to death to get fleeced like the washington redskins in 2012!!

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