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Dimitroff calls trade up to No. 1 “highly unlikely”

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There are but a couple of hours left until the first pick of the NFL Draft is announced and it continues to look like the team that earned it with their play on the field will be the team that exercises it on Thursday night.

Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff told the NFL Network that a trade up to the first overall pick is “highly unlikely.” The Falcons were seen as one of the teams with interest in making a trade with the Texans for a chance to select any player of their choosing, but the price to make that move may have been higher than they were willing to pay.

Prices, hearts and minds can change so there’s no use ruling anything out until the selection is actually made, but Dimitroff’s words follow earlier reports that the Texans had turned their attention away from a trade. Mike Florio of PFT has heard that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be that choice, but, again, there’s still time for things to¬†go a different way.

If the Falcons hold onto their sixth pick, they’re expected to take an offensive tackle or, if he’s still available, Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.

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21 Responses to “Dimitroff calls trade up to No. 1 “highly unlikely””
  1. kingpel says: May 8, 2014 6:21 PM

    Because they are trading up to #2.

  2. Smarterthanyou says: May 8, 2014 6:22 PM

    Dimitroff will never build a champion. Atlanta will be a mediocre team for years.

  3. sotaboy9 says: May 8, 2014 6:26 PM

    Falcons got fourth pick!?! Yes!!

  4. pw1265 says: May 8, 2014 6:29 PM

    be happy ATL, the CLOWN man will be a huge BUST!!!

  5. therealraider says: May 8, 2014 6:31 PM

    When did the Falcons get the fourth pick?

  6. pooflingingmonkey says: May 8, 2014 6:32 PM

    Atlanta will trade up to #1. It’s transparent.

  7. noburghfan says: May 8, 2014 6:34 PM

    Atlanta has #6 @ this point Cleveland @ #4 !!

  8. pooflingingmonkey says: May 8, 2014 6:34 PM

    Also, the Falcons have the sixth pick, not the fourth. Unless I’ve missed something?

  9. chawk12thman says: May 8, 2014 6:36 PM

    Trade already must have happened with Cleveland if they have the fourth pick………..

  10. chad504boy says: May 8, 2014 6:38 PM

    Cleveland traded Jordan Cameron and 4th pick to atl for the 6th pick

  11. jayrandle says: May 8, 2014 6:38 PM

    Falcons have the 6th pick.
    Not the 4th.

  12. citizenstrange says: May 8, 2014 6:38 PM

    That look is quite the affectation. Is Dimitroff in a Boy Band or something?

  13. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 8, 2014 6:40 PM

    It’s also “highly unlikely” Dimitrioff will ever have a championship caliber defense.

  14. dblockatl says: May 8, 2014 6:42 PM

    the falcons are picking #6, NOT #4.

    Reporting at it’s finest Mr. Alper.

    You’ve only had the longest time period in history between Super Bowl and Draft to prepare and get the pick order (top 10 nonetheless) right…

  15. rwhite84 says: May 8, 2014 6:46 PM

    Get over it, Dimitroff traded up before, doesn’t mean he will EVERY YEAR.

  16. gofor2with3pointlead says: May 8, 2014 6:57 PM

    In a supposedly “deep draft” and your at the sixth pick, Thank you Captain Obvious.

  17. pooflingingmonkey says: May 8, 2014 6:59 PM

    Classic “negotiating through the media” negotiations. Clowney will go #1 to Atlanta.

  18. yetimonster says: May 8, 2014 7:04 PM

    Lay off Mr Alper. Obviously his fact-check intern is out sick today. He is usually rock solid.

  19. vikesr4reel says: May 8, 2014 7:11 PM

    Falcons!!
    Lol
    May as well start from scratch!!
    Scol

  20. reporterofthetruth says: May 8, 2014 7:14 PM

    Don’t sweat it Falcon fans. You’ll have another Top 10 choice in 2015.

  21. docboss says: May 8, 2014 7:43 PM

    The deal is: if stl takes Clowney or Mack AND atl gets Robinson or Matthews, then they swap and atl throws in a second this year, or a first in 2015. Book it.

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