Falcons “open for business” with sixth pick

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South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said that he’d like to see the Falcons trade up to secure his rights in May’s draft, something that Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff called “great to hear.”

Dimitroff downplayed Clowney’s words, saying he thought the player was saying that to everyone. He didn’t say that a trade up in the draft order was out of the question, however, and told Mike Florio of PFT as much at the combine in Indianapolis last week. On Monday, he added that the team could make a move in the other direction as well.

“Look, like I’ve said, I’ve been very clear about this, we will always be open for business. We will always be open to move up and back, depends on what’s right for us,” Dimitroff said on NFL Network, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Again, I feel really comfortable with where we are at six, but there are opportunities on both sides of six.”

You wouldn’t expect a general manager to say anything else in February, of course. If Dimitroff does want to move up, he’s got a couple of former colleagues to call in the effort. Rams General Manager Les Snead and Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell, whose teams pick second and third respectively, both used to work for Dimitroff in Atlanta and may be getting a phone call from their old boss in the coming months.

23 responses to “Falcons “open for business” with sixth pick

  1. The Falcons’ recent propensity to trade up in the draft contributed to their 4-12 season, as their lack of quality depth was exposed when key players suffered injuries. One player will not cure the many problems that team has. Giving up multiple picks for one player once again would be unwise.

  2. the fact that you even have the 6th pick largely means that you’re failing at your job, making anything you have to say about that pick not worth listening to

  3. He ignored Belichick’s advice and traded the farm for Julio Jones….a player who touches the ball 6 times on a very good day. …..when healthy. One day the young guns will pay attention and understand depth gets you through the season..

  4. Why would Dimitroff take draft advice from Bellicheck?

    He is one of the greatest coaches ever but not a great talent evaluator. Not at all. just look at all his 2nd round misses over the years. Patriots draft classes have gotten worse since Dimitroff and Pioli left.

  5. They will stay at 6 or move back…. I see Mack ,one of those tackles, or Barr….

    they will NOT move up for Clowney…Clowney struggled off the feild and on it…..Mack is better

  6. “Open for business” is exactly the same codespeak that Les Snead of the Rams used several days earlier. Clowney to the Falcons at #2. It will be interesting to see just how close the Rams can get to the number of picks they got from the Redskins for the same swap of picks two years earlier.

  7. I still am kind of baffled at how this team had such a bad season. I can understand with Houston because of the QB play…but Atlanta lost a receiver…and obviously Roddy was not 100%. The elite qbs would overcome that…but maybe the defense was too much of a liability.

  8. Falcons had a bunch of close games mostly losses. That speaks to the Offense not grinding it out. When everyone is healthy they have a really good team when a few key pieces get hurt their lack of depth shows. BTW the Julio Jones trade did not ruin the Falcons. Not panning out in the other drafts except for 2008 was the culprit. D. Hall, J. Williams, J. Anderson, P. Jerry, P. Konz…The list goes on. Including almost every third round pick has been a bust. Arthur Blank will get it right, he knows what to do.

  9. What all the hours of painstaking detective work on the part of reporters across the country has uncovered to this point, every G.M. is either going to trade up, trade back, or stay where they are. All of them are also perfectly content to do one of the three.

  10. Stay where you are, take Clowney if he falls and Mack if he doesn’t…..Given the draft picks expended in previous trades plus the spotty drafting/player development/free agency results of recent years, they need to keep the picks they have……

  11. Every ATL fan should riot if the cost to trade up for Clowney is more than swapping 1sts and throwing in a third rounder, and Dimitroff pulls the trigger. I’d much, much rather see them trade down, grab an O-lineman and acquire some extra mid-round picks.

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