South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is one of the most coveted NFL prospects in the upcoming draft. Clowney went so far to say he’d prefer to wind up with the Atlanta Falcons though he doesn’t want to drop to sixth in the draft.
“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.’’
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff addressed those comments in an interview with the NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones saying he thought Clowney tells every team that. Then he cracked the door back open by saying the Falcons were open for business.
“That’s great to hear that, but I’m sure he’s saying that to everyone as well,” Dimitroff said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He’s making sure that he follows back around.
“Look, like I’ve said, I’ve been very clear about this, we will always be open for business. We will always be open to move up and back, depends on what’s right for us.
“Again, I feel really comfortable with where we are at six, but there are opportunities on both sides of six.”