The Atlanta Falcons have the sixth pick in the NFL Draft this May, but it’s starting to sound like they may not stay there very long. The team infamously traded away an entire draft to land Julio Jones, so they’ve demonstrated a skill at moving around to land playmakers.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff has stated his desire to move around in the draft this year and Jadeveon Clowney is sending him a signal on what and where he should go this May. Speaking at the combine this weekend, the South Carolina defensive end said that he wants to Falcons to trade up to get him — mainly because he doesn’t want to fall to No. 6 overall.
“I wish they could trade up for me,’’ Clowney told ESPN.com, “but I hope I don’t fall to No. 6. I like Atlanta – a lot. They’re pretty good. They’ve got some guys from South Carolina on the team, also. And it’s close to home.’’
Clowney wanting the Falcons to move up clearly has more to do with his draft value than it does with his desire to play for the Falcons. However he noted how close to home it was, and it’s clear that there is some mutual interest between the Falcons and Clowney this May.