A few years ago, the Super Bowl ready Atlanta Falcons traded away a ton of draft picks to move up and select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones near the top of the draft. The gamble appeared to have paid off, but following a 4-12 season, the Falcons are looking for ways to get their swagger back.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff made a name for himself with his big Julio Jones trade, and he’s not afraid to make another move like it again. According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, Dimitroff says he’s going to be looking for draft day trades this upcoming April.
“If we deem on draft day that we think it’s best to move back and gain picks or move forward and land someone else, we will always consider that. I’ve said that time and again. I always want us, as an organization – me as a general manager and us as an organization – to be perceived as a group to pick up and call and make the offer and at least know that we’re open to discussion.”
To be fair, since the Julio Jones trade the Falcons have only missed the postseason once. They haven’t had much luck once they get there, but this 4-12 season has been a true anomaly in an otherwise amazing run by Dimitroff.
The Falcons have become a team to watch in the draft, as it appears they’re going to be very active one way or another in April.