Posted: 5:23 pm Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Three things we learned from Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff 

By Michael Cunningham

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.”

 

53 comments
RBI
RBI

I see a better chance of the Falcons moving down than I do of them moving up in this Draft's 1st round.

ryesouvie
ryesouvie

@JSSN... What do you expect it's Cleveland. They have a history of drafting bad players, worse than Dimitroff. The only good picks that TD has drafted are Matt Ryan, Curtis Lofton, Julio, Alford, Trufant, Willy Mo... I like Rodgers, but make no mistake about it. He has a lot more misses than hits. This is a do or die draft for him. He can spin it any way he wants, but his job is on the line. the hiring of Pioli and the other guy, I can't remember his name are ready to step right in, if this draft is unsuccessful. You probably know the other guys name. Anything less than a playoff run, and Smitty and TD will be gone. I think Smith is a good coach and his track record, plus all of the injuries, bought him another year.  I'm enjoying watching the Braves, but is it football season yet??? Go Falcons!

ColdSplash
ColdSplash

This front office is the master at talking ad Infinitem and saying absolutely nothing. Dimitroff was good at this mumbo jumbo before he met Arthur Blank...now after sitting at the knee of the Master for 5 years, he's definitely the leagues best. Even Mike "field gold" Smith has been transformed Into a pure gum flapping say nothing "we're trying to get better every week", "we'll take it one game at a time" , "we're gonna watch the film and fix it" BS artist. No wonder long suffering Falcon fans are tired of this routine.

Troy13
Troy13

The thing I learned from it was Dimitroff needed a break from his nap so he pretended to have a press conference and said a lot about nothing, Everything will be answered concerning the draft in 6 days.Then Friday the 9th everyone can scream.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

I like TD but he really has the coach speak down to an art form.  He is hard to relate to when he speaks on the record.

Falcons73
Falcons73

To all the brain trusts out there hammering Dimitroff, please note his record since he's been GM with the Falcons. 70-36, twice the # 1 seed.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Explosive & Impact Driven = Jadeveon Clowney.


MackHickman
MackHickman

lol everybody insulting TD, do y'all remember where we were before? He needs to continue to improve and he needs to draft more efficiently, but I am very happy with him so far as our GM. The Julio trade was NOT a bad trade. We got a top 3 receiver in the league. The problem was, we didn't use the picks we still had after the deal correctly. 

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

Why do Dummytroff want 2 look liek Jason Beeber with that hiarcut? 

zuzu331
zuzu331

He will NEVER admit that he is less than the Genius he was purported to be when he came in here. Arrogance and conceit are rampant in this organization. All this Jadeveon Clowney Hype aside,If the Offensive Line isnt addressed then the whole lot of them should be out the door,bottom line.


main problems last year: OFFENSIVE LINE


Smitty's total lack of playcalling variety and halftime adjustments

Intruder
Intruder

Well, Thomas, you are 10-25 vs playoff teams, yet for some reason you come across as being very smug. Are you insane?

gfw
gfw

I never feel good after reading quotes from Dimitroff.  I'd prefer a straight-talking guy.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

I'll take a wait and see attitude before I say to much about the Falcons draft. But I will say, I'd be a little upset if they didn't get a lineman with the first pick. Anybody who thinks it was a bad idea to get Julio Jones is crazy. When healthy he changes the way defenses approach the Falcons offense. Plus he can dominate and make big plays--- this guy is a home run hitter.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

He's learned absolutely nothing.

Houston, I'll give you SIX of our picks for Clowney - and my first born child! And a free night of frivolity with my wife! And naked pictures of Arthur Blank sniffin'a jock strap. C'mon let's make a deal.

Thomas Dimitroff - Boy Genius!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

There isn't a GM, HC, Owner in the NFL that wouldn't have pulled the trigger on the Jules trade.

The trade looks better now more than ever considering Cle used our picks on a decent DT/NT(Traylor -- who actually gets hurt more than Julio), a terrible WR(Little -- who may possess the worst hands in the game), a huge mistake at QB(Wheeden), a no name FB(whose no longer a Brown) and some other chump.

Washington gave up much more for RG3.

It was a good trade then & it's a good trade now!

One of the few maneuvers Hair-Gel pulled off successfully.

Lack of depth from the Jones picks wasn't the problem last year......terrible drafting( Konz, Ewing, Dent, Holmes??) following the trade is the issue.

HotDawg
HotDawg

If the freakin falcons let washington win they wouldn't have to worry about moving up.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Keep Dimitroff away from draft room until 6th pick....falcons don't need to give away picks to move up. Trade down for more picks or stay at 6.

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

The only way the Flacons do N E good in the drat this year is 2 pix Johnny Fottball. If U thing Rayan will get us 2 the Superbowel then U R nutz. Mansell is a winer and the only cahnce 2 the Falcons to get 2 the Superbowel. 

Mora-less-Petrino
Mora-less-Petrino

DLed,


If the Falcons were to trade down, but want to stay in the top ten, which player or players would you guess they have in mind? I'm thinking Lewan, Barr, or Clinton-Dix.

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

OL


STARTER


ASAMOAH, BLALOCK, #139 T LARSEN, #68 G JACKSON, BAKER


BACKUP


#103 JACK MEWHORT, KONZ, HAWLEY, LAMAR,


QB RYAN


BACKUP ?


RB STARTER


#220 ISIAH CROWELL,  #253 J.C. COPELAND


BACKUP


S. JACKSON, QUIZZ


WR STATER


JULIO, WHITE


BACKUP


HD, #147 BRANDON COPELAND


TE STATER


TOLIO


BACKUP


?


STOP WORRING ABOUT DEPTH WE HAVE ENOUGH BACKUPS


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Since every body is worried about depth here is the chart.


DL


STARTERS


#1 CLOWNEY, BAB, SOLIA, JACKSON, KROY


BACKUP


OSI, PETERSON, #182 ZACK KERR, MASSQUIO


OLB STARTER


SPOON, WORRILOW


BACKUP


BARTU, DENT


DB STARTER


TRUFANT, MOORE, ARENAS, ALFORD


BACKUP


MCCLAIN, ?, ?, ?


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Why you guys keep talking about Julio trade D-LED.


With out Julio last year Falcons will not have played in the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP.


So stop with this five picks thing it was 4 picks not 5 because you swap your first for there first there for it 4picks you gave up.


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

notPlanB
notPlanB

TD inherited a team with some decent players that had been thru the Petrino fiasco.  RW was coming into his own.  Using the #3 pick he got a good QB (anyone can do that). Trading a 2nd rd pick for  a proven TG (HOF) drop in his lap was something anyone with knowledge of the game would do, and getting an extra 1st rd, (Sam Baker) a 2nd rd (Curtis Lofton), three 3rd rds, (Chevis Jackson, Harry Douglas & Thomas DeCoud)  two 5th rd (Robert James & Kroy Beirmann) and a 6th rd pick (Thomas Brown) in his 1st draft and not have a decent team is impossible. Since that time we have lost good players and have ended up with a bad OL's and DL's. That is what I go by.

OL drafted by TD: Sam Baker, Garrett Reynolds, Joe Hawley, Mike Johnson, Andrew Jackson, Peter Konz & Lamar Holmes.

DL drafted by TD: Peria Jerry, Lawrence Sidbury, Vance Walker, Corey Peters, Cliff Matthews, Jonathon Massaquoi, Travian Robertson, Malliciah Goodman & Stansly Maponga.

Do you want to see LB's and Safeties?

OneBlood
OneBlood

@AlwaysReady Not always. 3.5 sacks this year and bad conditioning. Now if you want to say "more talented than anybody else", that's plenty accurate.

notPlanB
notPlanB

And what is TD's record against the Aints. Very embarressing.

WhopperDawg
WhopperDawg

@BigCrimson75

Your logic has serious flaws. What the Browns did with the picks doesn't matter at all. You cannot evaluate the Jones trade by what Cleveland did, only what the trade did for us. That is the only things that matters.

In regard to other GMs making the trade, Belichick (TDs idol) told him not to do it.


You don't trade that much draft cache for one player save maybe a franchise QB. You can look at the team now and see the overall result of that trade. It is 4 - 12.

The strongest argument for the Jones trade is TD can't do squat with picks post round 1 anyway, so we might as well trade all of our picks every year for the highest round 1 pick we can attain.

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75  

There's a reason that whole crew that made that deal in Cleveland are now unemployed for squandering that loot!

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

The Julio trade looked awful then and even worse now! The entire team collapsed because of it. And you're the one man left on earth that still admires it??

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

I say trade the #6 pick and next years #1!!

That should be enough.

You want Mack or Clowney?....neither are dropping to the 6 spot & neither are coming free!

Just don't give up a 2nd or 3rd rounder in this draft!! Too much talent.

We can get a better player in round 2 & possibly round 3 this year than next years 1st rounder(if we're picking in the 20's or lower).

notPlanB
notPlanB

Exactly, but MS's WPP and trying to win an extra game or two to keep his job was more important to him. Many like A Smith RB and C Coffman TE could have been used when we knew we were going to have a bad season. Then we would have knowledge of whether to keep or get rid of many.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Dude you need to go back to school or learn English

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Tess.....Looks like the Cowboys are in the drivers seat for your boy.

UGA76
UGA76

@Mora-less-Petrino If we could trade down and pick up an extra 2nd or 3rd round pick and still get Lewan it would be the best possible scenario.  Atlanta has way more holes than top 4 round picks. Historically 5-7 aren't impactful. 

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

JSS...It was a hefty price, no doubt.

Remember though, all those picks weren't enough to convince Marvin Lewis & Cincy to pass on drafting AJ Green!

deridods322
deridods322

@TreeRollins Really.....you went the NFC Championship game and Julio was a beast. If you had a DE like Clowney aka the Beast, you win that game.

OneBlood
OneBlood

@TreeRollins IF the entire team had collapsed because of it, they would have collapsed in 2012...not 2013 when all the injuries to both sides of the ball happened. Oh...you forgot all about 2012, didn't you?

MackHickman
MackHickman

@TreeRollins  he's not because it was a bomb deal. We just didn't do a good enough job of drafting. We need to be more efficient 

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

They didn't collapse last year b/c of the Jones trade....see above!

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You, on the other hand, collapsed rather easily after a few right hooks from Danny Ainge. :(

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

@UGA76 @devounknown1000 Tell me how ? I just drafted Gabe Jackson OG and Tyler Larsen C to improve your OL on day one, plus move Asamoah to LT this OL will be ten time better than last year, plus I just made your defense better by drafting the best player in the draft Clowney, when Falcons lost there best pass rusher in Abraham you see how the team fell off.


Not putting pressure on QB lead you to a 3-13 season.


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ForeverATL
ForeverATL

@Camaro-Bob   seriously leave. you make no sense and know nothing about football.. 

toddm22
toddm22

@BigCrimson75  Ainge was hurting after that bit finger though. He never shot the 3 with any consistency ever again... He was forced into retirement just 12 years later.