Posted: 6:37 pm Saturday, May 10th, 2014

NFL Draft 2014: A look at Dimitroff’s trading record 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith discussing the second and third round picks Friday night. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith discussing the second and third round picks Friday night. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has now made a trade in all seven of his drafts with the team.

On Saturday, he sent the team’s sixth (182 overall) and one of their three seventh-round picks (220) to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round pick. The pick was used to select Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill, who received the news before heading out to his graduation ceremony.

The Falcons went into the draft ready to make deals.

They were unsuccessful in switching a blockbuster deal to land South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who went No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans.

They also tried to trade for a late first-round pick, but their intended targets went too high.

They had an eye on Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, but realized early that too many teams wanted him, and it would cost too much to move up high enough. He was selected by Pittsburgh with the 15th pick.

The Falcons’ attention then shifted to Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, who didn’t slip into their range. Ford was selected by Kansas City with the 23rd pick.

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

Smith said, “Thomas was working very hard. And as he said, it takes two to dance, and I felt like junior/senior prom, waiting on somebody (to dance with). We weren’t getting the three-letter answer, we were getting the two-letter answer.”

Here’s a look at Dimitroff’s trading record:

  • 2014: The Falcons traded their sixth-round pick (182 overall) and one of their three seventh-round picks (220) for the Vikings’ fifth-round pick (168). They selected Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill with the pick.
  • 2013: The Falcons traded up from 30 to 22 in the first-round to land cornerback Desmond Trufant. The Falcons traded with the St. Louis Rams They gave up a third and a sixth round pick. In the fifth round, the Falcons traded up 10 picks to TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga. They sent a seventh-round pick (236) to the Chicago Bears.
  •  2012:  The Falcons made a trade with Baltimore to move down seven spots in the third round to take tackle Lamar Holmes. They picked up a fifth round pick and selected defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi with the 164th overall pick. The Ravens picked up running back Bernard Pierce with the 84th pick the Falcons sent them. The Falcons gave up a seventh rounder (229 overall) to the Eagles in the Asante Samuel trade. The Eagles used that pick to select running back Bryce Brown.
  • 2011: There was the 5-for-1 mega-deal with Cleveland to move up 21 spots in order to land wide receiver Julio Jones. Later, in the fifth round after the spotlight was off the Falcons, he sent two picks to St. Louis in order to move up 10 spots to scoop up running back Jacquizz Rodgers.
  • 2010: Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks, who left school a year early, was slipping in the draft. Dimitroff sent two picks to St. Louis to move up 14 spots to acquire Franks. He’s played some nickel back and was the punt returner for most of last season.
  • 2009: Dimitroff felt he could get his guy by going back 13 spots in the fifth round. The Falcons made a deal to send their fifth-round pick to Dallas. They moved back 13 spots and picked up a seventh-round pick for their troubles. They drafted offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds in the fifth and Vance Walker in the seventh. Reynolds has opened the last two seasons as a starter at right guard. Walker was a contributor before signing with Oakland in free agency.
  • 2008: There was a run on left tackles. With the Falcons needing protection for Matt Ryan, Dimitroff sent two second-round picks and a fourth-round pick to Washington in order to move back into the first round and pick Sam Baker with the 21st overall pick. They also received third- and fifth-round picks. The Falcons used those picks to select wide receiver Harry Douglas (84th overall) and defensive end Kroy Biermann (154th).


–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

–A look at Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

–A look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman

–A look at Boston College QB Chase Rettig

–A look at Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

–A look at Central Florida RB Storm Johnson

–A look at USC TE Xavier Grimble

–A look at Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort

–A look at Louisville S Calvin Prior

–A look at Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier

–A look at Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde

–A look at UCLA LB Anthony Barr

–A look at Florida State C Bryan Stork

–A look at South Carolina QB Connor Shaw

–A look at Florida TE/WR Trey Burton

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 


–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day


Glad to hear that we tried to move up and didn't sell tshe farm to do it. Our team is better today than it was last Wednesday. I'm excited to see how our new lines perform. The free agent moves with the draftees should be an improvement.


Rick_James....don't believe Crowell and Leonard were drafted.  Not sure about the other 3 but will look it up.


I'm just glad that they didn't do the deal for Clowney.  Houston wanted the moon and the stars.  We need depth and trading away picks pretty much makes that almost impossible to achieve.


another mediocre draft---thomas gets paid millions for this???



The guy is just sharing the names of kids drafted who attended HBCU's..I'm sure you dont have a clue.


Glad to see Crowell get picked up by the Browns..I hope he sticks.


A Blue assed baboon cda made the 1st pick. The rest of the draft, like ALL 6 before it are suspect. IMHO, T.D. AINT GOT A CLUE. (CAPS INTENDED)


NOT overly impressed after the 1st pick. I think we could have done better. I think the coaches fell in love too much with players they met at the Senior Bowl and that is not the best situation.


What's with the Wiscpnsin connection? Bradie Ewing. Cut. Peter Konz. Complete bust so far. And now some safety form there in 3rd round nobody on the planet has ever heard of and was on nobody's boards as a third round pick. Could have had the Ohio State inside linebacker there who went a couple of picks later. Not a good draft at all in my opinion. Same old, same old. Likely same old results...


2014 HBCU Draft Board

Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee St - Tampa Bay
Joe Thomas, LB, SC State - Green Bay
Carlos Fields Jr., LB, Winston Salem St. - Oakland
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State - Cleveland 
A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State - Minnesota


This year's draft was a bust after the second round.  Dez Southward might have been a good pick for a safety at that point (other choices were available), but we could have traded up into the second round to get Kony Ealy or taken Louis Nix as a NT.  Kony would have been a started and Louis would have been a good  rotational player until Solai retires.  The Falcons should have left themselves in a position of having to reach for Dez causing the Falcons to lose other opportunities.  The Falcons don't develop their players well and don't provide game opportunities for player development.  Maybe one of the players selected after the fourth round this year will actually see any significant playing time!  This draft should have been much more productive for the Falcons.  Other teams picking "down the chain" did a better job this year than the Falcons.


yo   now  look at  the  all  the DE   that did not get  pick up  all this  saying  is  did  we need  to draft one  of them  when  they are  free  to  get  now 


@Quackmeyer  Isaiah, The Filer, was signed by the Browns. Free Agent


NCCHIMP, we didn't stop anybody all year. Just like the Ga defense. 


@Rick_James  Does the HBCU have a different draft than the rest of the college players?


If the same old results are 5 winning seasons out of the next Six with 4 playoff years, I'll take it. :)



Not quite as good as the class of 1975

Walter Payton, RB, Jackson State - Chicago

Robert Brazile, LB, Jackson State - Houston

Gary Johnson, DT, Grambling - San Diego

Tom Henderson, LB, Langston - Dallas

And that is just in the first round.


Go look at 1967 draft class for HBCUs