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Falcons tried to trade back into first round


The Falcons made frequent appearances in rumors about trading up for the first overall pick during the weeks before the draft, but they wound up staying put at No. 6 when Thursday night finally rolled around.

That didn’t end their night, though. General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said that the team worked the phones in an effort to move back into the first round to add more help to their team. Defense was the target, with players like Dee Ford (who went 23rd to the Chiefs) and Ryan Shazier (15th to the Steelers) thought to be on their list of targets after taking tackle Jake Matthews in the first round.

“We worked hard at it, and you have to have a dance partner,” Dimitroff said, via “In the end, we didn’t at the spots that we were interested.”

The Falcons have the fifth pick in the second round and their attempt to move back into the first round could signal the choice of a defensive player when they are back on the board. BYU’s Kyle Van Noy, Missouri’s Kony Ealy and Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence are some of the top possibilities off the edge in the second round.

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15 Responses to “Falcons tried to trade back into first round”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: May 9, 2014 9:04 AM

    I’d like to see them take Kony Ealy. I have a feeling a couple of the picks before them will be QBs so I think there’s a fair chance it happens. Would’ve been nice to get Dee Ford though.

  2. chc4 says: May 9, 2014 9:05 AM

    Jeremiah Attaochu, Ga Tech OLB/DE.

  3. wayneflores says: May 9, 2014 9:24 AM

    Bargain with future picks next time

  4. gridironmike says: May 9, 2014 9:39 AM

    Worked hard at it and failed. The story of this franchise.

  5. beckzhere says: May 9, 2014 9:52 AM

    Van Noy, Ealy or Lawrence would all be solid choices. I’m preferable to Van Noy or Ealy but any of them would immediately join the DE rotation.

  6. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 9, 2014 10:10 AM

    Showing your hand at all at this point is counter intuitive unless he’s conning everyone..

  7. ravenmuscle says: May 9, 2014 10:15 AM

    Lowe’s is much better than Home Depot…that’s why they found no Dance Partner.

  8. daknight93 says: May 9, 2014 10:34 AM

    we tried hard doesn’t count..either make it happen or not, falcons management are always great with excuses

  9. skippynj says: May 9, 2014 10:41 AM

    Meattrough and coach panic-long may they rule in the Philly of the south.

  10. deadeye says: May 9, 2014 11:00 AM

    Thomas Dimitroff can’t draft unless he’s trading up. The rest of the league did the Falcons a favor by not biting on any of his offers. TD will either:

    – use Atlanta’s picks wisely and come away with more players able to contribute


    – use Atlanta’s picks poorly and make it perfectly clear to Mr. Blank that he needs a new GM

  11. coachbeck says: May 9, 2014 11:02 AM

    They need help on both lines. Kony Ealy is a bit stiff.

    The Bama OL would be huge

  12. wwttww says: May 9, 2014 11:46 AM

    Lawrence or Van Nor @ 37

  13. wvuandsteelers says: May 9, 2014 12:12 PM

    If they go D, my bet would be Lawrence from Boise…..but I also like the GA Tech kid. However, I have a guy on offense I like: Austin Sefarian Jenkins, TE, Washington. Nobody will be Tony G. But, this kid is big, fast and can run over people. Matt Ryan may cry if he gets Matthews AND Jenkins (but Mike Nolan would probably cry too with no OLBs).

    Dee Ford or Deone Bucannon would have been perfect for them had they fallen.

  14. danno76 says: May 9, 2014 12:14 PM

    I predicted that we would take a o-tackle at six, and trade back into the 1st for Ford. That would’ve been a hell of a first round. I think that we have entry of linebackers, Bierman and Osi included, but not enough true defensive ends, so I hope Ealy is on the board when we pick. If not, trade down and stock up on depth we don’t have from trading up 75 percent of TD’s drafts.

  15. pftstory says: May 9, 2014 2:10 PM

    I’d be interested if they attempted to trade down from 6. Especially with 2 OL still on the board.
    Maybe could have gotten the Ammo to trade up to get Ford.
    Would Lewann and Ford be better than Matthews and whoever they get at 35?

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