FLOWERY BRANCH–Three things we learned from Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff at his pre-draft news conference today.
1. He still doesn’t regret away trading five picks for wide receiver Julio Jones in the 2011 draft (or he’s not saying so if he does).
“I would never question what we did in (2011). I am completely at ease with what we did as far as adding one of the most explosive players in this league and what he can do for us. Julio was fantastic. Moving forward, as far as gaining knowledge about depth, no question depth is important. But usually depth is your backups. . . . What we have learned about reaching and going after a player (in the draft), with this organization we are aggressive with what we think can truly help our organization rise to the upper levels of this league. And we will continue to be aggressive.”
2. He thinks there are players worth trading up to select in this draft.
“I think there are a number of really good football players that we would consider. We always go through that scenario and discuss what truly is worth moving up for and potentially giving up picks. We go round and round with statistics of where players play and how much they play and how often they start through different parts of the draft. We are very calculated with our analytical approach to things and I think we feel very comfortable when we go into the draft that we are going to make the right decisions given our analytics and our experience in drafting.”
3. If the Falcons trade down they probably won’t move outside the top 10.
“I think you are going to have some really impact-driven football players in this top 10. I’m not saying you didn’t’ have that last year. But most of the (teams) in the top 10 this year more than likely want to stay in the top 10. They may want to trade within the top 10 but they want to stay within the top 10.”