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NFL Rumors: Atlanta Falcons want to trade up in NFL Draft


The Atlanta Falcons made waves back in 2011 when they traded away their future draft to move into the top 5 and select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones. That pick seemed to work out alright for them, but the Falcons have tasted success in trading into the very top of the draft and may be doing so again in 2014.

Unlike that 2011 trade, which saw the Falcons move from the near back of the draft to the near top, Atlanta has the No. 6 overall pick and wouldn’t be moving up that far in the order. It’s been widely speculated that the team covets defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but given the upgrades to their defensive line, moving up could lead the Falcons to anything.

 

With Matt Ryan in need of a replacement weapon for Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta drafting Sammy Watkins isn’t out of the question, nor is the possibility that they move up to select Khalil Mack or even Clowney.

No matter what happens, the Falcons are very interested in moving up in the draft and that could be good news for a team like the St. Louis Rams at No. 2 overall looking to move back and compile picks in what is being hailed as a deep draft.

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