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 ESPN.com. “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.

15 responses to “Falcons tried to trade back into first round

  1. 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. 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.

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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