Falcons are unlikely to trade the 27th pick

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff  and head coach Mike Smith introduce their first round NFL draft pick, Peria Jerry, Ole Miss defensive tackle, in 2009. Who will be the top pick in 2011?  KENT D. JOHNSON / kdjohnson@AJC.COM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith introduce their first round NFL draft pick, Peria Jerry, Ole Miss defensive tackle, in 2009. Who will be the top pick in 2011? KENT D. JOHNSON / kdjohnson@AJC.COM

BIRDLAND – Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who was New England’s director of college scouting and played a key role their drafts from 2003 to 2007, is used to being in the second half of the first round.

He was a national scout with New England in 2002. He was named the Falcons general manager on Jan. 13, 2008.

With the Falcons, Dimitroff entered the last three drafts with the third, 24th and 19th picks in the first round.

From 2003 to 2007, New England picked 13, 21, 32, 21 and 24.

Here’s who the Patriots selected.

  • 2007 – 24 overall – Brandon Meriweather, s, Miami.
  • 2006 – 21 -  Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota.
  • 2005 – 32 – Logan Mankins, OL, Fresno State.
  • 2004 – 21 – Vince Wilfork, NT, Miami.
  • 2003 – 13 – Ty Warren, DE, Texas A&M.

There has been a lot of draft talk about teams trading back up into the first round to pick-up one of the second-tier quarterbacks. Texas Christian’s Andy Dalton and Florida State’s Christian Ponder are targets of a few teams.

If Washington’s Jake Locker gets past Seattle at 25, someone may covet the Falcons’ pick to select him.

But those teams will need to call with a really sweet deal.   Dimitroff is clutching that 27th pick pretty close to his vest.

“There is no question that we’d contemplate that, but with that said, you go into each draft thinking that you want to get the players that you want,” Dimitroff said. “There are going to be a lot of players there in my mind at 27 that can still help us. That would have to be a strong proposition from a team behind us.”

Basically, don’t expect the Falcons to trade out of the 27th spot.

The Falcons are likely leaning towards taking the best pass rusher left.  This week Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan, Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn and California’s Cam Jordan are coming for visits. Also, don’t dismiss UCLA’s Akeem Ayers.

The Falcons worked out Ayers on April 9 in Los Angeles. They had him do defensive end and linebacker drills. He’s pretty versatile. While, he ran slow at the combine, he ran a 4.69 at his Pro Day.  Check out this video of Ayers, which is designed to show his versatility. CLICK HERE.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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106 comments Add your comment

Willy

April 19th, 2011
6:47 am

The real value in this draft is in the 7th round…

Larry

April 19th, 2011
6:59 am

Stop drafting smaller, slower players like Lofton (short and slow), Jerry (short and small–look at his picture above standing between the midgets, TD and MS) and Baker (small and slow)!

TD, what is it about BIG AND FAST are you not getting? This defense is getting pushed all over the field by the better offenses we faced last season (Philly, New Orleans and, of course, Green Bay)

Like Urban Meyer said: “If you’re going to miss, miss with the fast men you can get”

You can’t teach speed and size, but both can overcome other shortcomings.

Brian from Villa Rica

April 19th, 2011
7:16 am

If the deal is good enough, he’ll move the pick. Don’t kid yourself.

bad brad

April 19th, 2011
7:17 am

Look at you Larry…chastising Thomas Dimitroff, who has in 3 years turned the Falcons from a joke to a contender. Come on man…

josephcole

April 19th, 2011
7:30 am

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JohnGTFan

April 19th, 2011
7:42 am

Always has to be at least one person criticizing TD. 13-3 last year (even though an ugly home playoff loss to eventual superbowl champs) isn’t good enough for some people. I love my Atlanta teams, but d*mn do I hate so many of the so-called Atlanta fans…b/c that’s all you are…so-called fans. Anyway, I don’t think he’ll move the pick. Strange things happen at every draft….people you never expect to go in the 1st round somehow get drafted in the top 10 (Oakland). There will be trades, but not sure Atlanta will be one of them…especially if there are a couple of good pass rushers still out there.

Season Ticker Holder

April 19th, 2011
7:54 am

If the Falcons and get an additonal two picks in the second round, I say trade up!! This is a big IF. The Falcons will pick at #27.

Ken Strickland

April 19th, 2011
7:58 am

BAD BRAD-the MINDLESS comments we’re accustomed to getting from LARRY are abviously motivated by him looking into a mirror and responding to what he sees. STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES, OR SEES.

Thunderbird Falcon

April 19th, 2011
8:15 am

Just pick a high motor talented pass rusher, at #27.
Then pick up DB, OL, and WR help; with the other picks.
DE pass rusher to help Abe has to be #1 pick, for Falcons.
They might consider picking another DE in the later rounds, too.
Thomas D has made better picks outside of the first round, but he has helped this franchise a lot.

The Real Falcon

April 19th, 2011
8:19 am

Ken-You took the words right out of my mouth.
Thanks man.

McNasty

April 19th, 2011
8:46 am

Akeem fits the bill with speed, size and quickness, but most of all he makes plays. He dosen’t even talk like a knucklehead either. He would be a fine addition if getable. However Ii trust TD wil bring us the best we can get @ 27. Even if an OT is picked.

Mocking your Mock

April 19th, 2011
8:48 am

Write this down. I’ve been saying it for weeks. TD will trade the pick.

I think the Bengals get the Falcons pick while giving up their early second round pick. Falcons draft Ayers… or a Running Back- Williams of VT.

Steve > Roswell

April 19th, 2011
8:48 am

It does not matter who the Falcons pick because they will always be losers, plain and simple. Why would they want to build an outside stadium when the dome is so nice and cozy? More taxpayer money down the drain……………………………..

Sid

April 19th, 2011
8:51 am

Season Ticket Holder…………………………….huh?

boiler up

April 19th, 2011
8:54 am

Ryan Kerrigan… He’s very hard working, an excellent student and you man at Purdue who is going to be worth every penny.. He is a lot like Patrick Kerney but really faster and stronger..

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 19th, 2011
8:57 am

TD got exactly what he wanted from you D. A blog telling everyone how he intends on keeping the pick. You yourself just gave the reasoning as to why he will probably trade the pick. This year the draft may see 6-7 QB’s go in the first 2 rounds. A team will look to make the move back into the late 1st to get the 3rd Rated QB off the board. The Falcons imo do not keep this pick.

tjhook

April 19th, 2011
9:06 am

The Washington redskins have the 10th selection and may be interested in dealing. We could offer WR Jenkins, DE/DT Anderson and a first because they need numbers and Anderson could be a good fit for their 3-4 defense. Those players are replaceable for us because we are fine tuning the roster.

goldwreck

April 19th, 2011
9:08 am

Think about it people.Even if TD fully intends on trading the pick,why would he advertise it? As long as he takes the position he’s keeping
the pick,other GM’s will know they will have to blow him away in order
to get him to trade.It’s not complicated.TD knows he can count on
DOL to get the message out that he’s “keeping” the pick.

D man

April 19th, 2011
9:08 am

No matter what TD does, I have confidence that it will be a good move based on what he has done in the past.

Mocking your Mock

April 19th, 2011
9:11 am

I like Kerrigan in the 2nd round. Not explosive enough. Very good still. There are too many ? in the late 1st round. The best value in every draft is in the 2nd and 3rd round. Its not as expensive when you whiff. Also, there is an abundance of 2nd round talent. That being said, expect the Falcons and the Patriots to do the exact opposite of what the so called experts say. Pats obviously know what they are doing. TD is the man!

Mocking your Mock

April 19th, 2011
9:15 am

tjhook

Who do you take with that 10th pick then?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 19th, 2011
9:16 am

Larry — You are a tough grader.

goldwreck — T.O. is a straight shooter. He says what he means.

TD has No clue

April 19th, 2011
9:17 am

TD will screw it up as usual. P. Jerry over Clay Matthews. Enough said.

DC Dirty Bird

April 19th, 2011
9:18 am

The top six teams in the 2nd round could be looking for DE’s so it makes no sense to trade down unless all of the DE’s with 1st round grades are gone at 27. If Solder and Carimi are gone as well, I can see us trading down or drafting Baldwin.

JONESBORO SLIM

April 19th, 2011
9:20 am

Look for the Birds to take Okla RB DeMarco Murray we’ll be killing two birds with one stone..(1) a running back and (2) a slot receiver with speed (4.3 40yd dash)..you can thank me later…..and with that “I’ll see you on the hill”

Joe Tess Fish House

April 19th, 2011
9:25 am

You R teesing me Mr Ledbeter by posting that pic of Perrier Jerry. U no how upset I am that the Flacons waisted a pick on that bust.

I do thing the Falcons should trade there pick so as not to waist the value on one player. Get extra picks U R bond 2 get lucky at some point.

Dan Alexander

April 19th, 2011
9:26 am

I personally hope they work out some kind of deal for Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona. He would be a great player for Atlanta and the combination of White and Fitzgerald would be something too see.

As far as the draft, I’m confident the decisions are well thought out as indicative of past Falcons drafts. The players that intrigue me and hope at least one becomes a member of the Falcons are:

Austin Pettis- wr, Jon Baldwin-wr, Lockette,-wr, Ryan Broyles.
Adrain Clayborn-de, Ryan Kerrigan-de, Aldon Smith, de
Corey Liguet, dt,
James Brewer-ot, Gabe Carimi,ot- Anthoney Costanza-ot
DeMarcus Murray-rb- Daniel Thomas-rb
Kyle Rudolph-te- Charlie Gnatt-te
And any “sleeper” or small school player that has potential and develop.

Dream Acquisition through free agency-
Nnamdi Asomugha- cb, Ray Edwards -de, Jared Gaither-ot, Quinken Mikell-s and resign our free agents.

CD

April 19th, 2011
9:32 am

Remember the term “explosive” and look at the guys the Falcons are takling to. IF and only IF they get a top 5/10 pick from the 2nd round PLUS a 3rd round pick, will TD trade the 27th pick…. Like he said there are some very good options at 27 (i.e., Brooks Reed, Akeem Ayers, maybe Houston or Clayborn and maybe one OT…. and don’t forget TE Kyle Rudolph)…. be that as it may, if TD can pick up a 3rd, he might pull the trigger because one of the names above may still be there in round 2 (more than likely – TE Kyle Rudolph)… my view… if offered, make the trade, because there is value in the top half of the 3rd round…. WHAT SAY YE – D-LED??????

B-RAD

April 19th, 2011
9:35 am

FALCONS NEED TO TRADE UP TO GET A.J. GREEN OUT OT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA! WE NEED SOMEONE WHO CAN CATCH THE BALL!

coachx

April 19th, 2011
9:41 am

Please no Clayborn.

He was awful last year in the Big 10. YD has never drafted a Big 10 player and he should not start with Clayborn.

Mocking your Mock

April 19th, 2011
9:44 am

I love all the people calling for WR. Give me a break! That is the most overrated position in ALL of football. Games are won in the trenches, men.

I should probably tell them that trenches is a slang word for the offensive/defensive lines.

Ken Strickland

April 19th, 2011
9:45 am

The Real Falcon,

Thanks!

By the way, you left your socks and underwear under my bed last night. I’ll run them by later…

Love ya!

Joe Tess Fish House

April 19th, 2011
9:45 am

If U all want a WR, why not try to sigh TO? I no he has at least 1 more year in him.

B-RAD

April 19th, 2011
9:47 am

joe tess fish house – u really want TO? C’MONNNNNNNNNNN…..AJ GREEN IS JUST AS GOOD!

The Real Falcon

April 19th, 2011
9:48 am

Again!

Thanks honey!

Joe Tess Fish House

April 19th, 2011
9:50 am

AJ mony and is not provan at the NFL level. TO wood be cheeper and is a proven WR.

Joe Tess Fish House

April 19th, 2011
9:50 am

AJ cost more mony

ATLFalcon

April 19th, 2011
9:54 am

No need to trade up… not worth the price to get a mid 1st round pick. Would not be able to get a top 10. All the valuable options to help us will be out in the top 12. No major holes to fill yet. Just need 1-2 assitant players to help out D-Line and Receiver. Could be filled with FA player as well.

JONESBORO SLIM

April 19th, 2011
9:56 am

What’s the deal with the thought of getting Larry Frizgerald and making move to get A.J. Green that will cost the Falcons everything $$$$$$….focus people focus on the real picture…the first priorty is a DE…and like I said earlier get Okla RB DeMarco Murray (a running back/ slot receiver with great speed) and DL you know I’[m right….”I’ll see y’all on hill”…now let me sit back and read some more of these sorry picks………

GO PACK GO!

April 19th, 2011
10:06 am

The Falcons team is constructed to make the playoffs, not win the Super Bowl. If they want to win they need to get mean on D and start drafting some physical players (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Bears, Pack) who don’t shy away from making hits. Get Abraham some help on the D-line and start collapsing the pocket.

PMC

April 19th, 2011
10:09 am

Jerry hurt his knee and was still recovering last season. You guys watch the same team as me right? You haven’t noticed how much Dimitroff has improved the middle of the defense? Even without Jerry for the most part last year they were more stout inside than they’ve been in a long time. Where they are thin to bad still is Outside linebacker and Defensive End. Dimitroff is not taking a corner early when they just got Robinson last year and he’s taken flyers on some other guys lately.

They HAVE to find an explosive get to the QB type of Defensive End and they have to find another outside linebacker with some speed that can also cover the short routes. Chris Owens was AWFUL in the nickel role in that playoff game but maybe Franks can be fine in that role next year. I don’t know.

I can completely see them trading down depending on who is available and where it is. They need quite a few players, they still probably need at least one explosive WR capable of playing the slot or the #2. They could use another quality tailback……left tackle…TE is somewhere on the list…. DE or OLB though is vital to the success of this next years team. If they need a corner, they’ll probably have to find one in FA ala Brian Williams.

Jerry is going to be fine if his knee heals. We are solid at DT, with Peters, Babs and Jerry.

Falcon57

April 19th, 2011
10:25 am

@ Mocking your Mock

April 19th, 2011
9:44 am
“I love all the people calling for WR. Give me a break! That is the most overrated position in ALL of football. Games are won in the trenches, men.

I should probably tell them that trenches is a slang word for the offensive/defensive lines.”

Mock, dude, you must have slept through the playoff game with Green Bay!!!!!!?????? Our defensive line/linebackers were all over Rogers but he was able to side step them and make a simple toss/throw down field to one of his 25 receivers he had out there in the wide open!!!

I guess you’re wanting us to draft a center in the 1st and all guards, tackles and ends with the rest. You take a ‘concept’ and really misunderstand it.

UGASlobberknocker

April 19th, 2011
10:28 am

Larry, when did you quit your job as NFL talent coordinator? Your post is hilarious ,,,,in a pathetic sort of way.

Now go to the Hawks blog, I think the ownership and you might be on the same page.

Frank Wren also called, do you have a few minutes this afternoon for some in depth player evaluations..call him.

Larry's dog

April 19th, 2011
10:29 am

Someone rescue me. Please.

Joe Tess Fish House

April 19th, 2011
10:30 am

@PMC

Perrier Jerry is a bust. Most guys dont take 3 years to reheal from an injruy. Wes Welker did not take that long. Im tired of everone making exuses for the lousy picks the Flacons have made again and agin.

PMC

April 19th, 2011
10:33 am

Keep in mind guys only picks can be traded in this draft. This year and future years. No players…. no player discussion whatsoever.

It will be illegal barring a settlement in the next two weeks to trade a player already in the league. Only picks can be traded.

tell it like it is

April 19th, 2011
10:35 am

The Falcons are a team constructed to make the playoffs every 2 or 3 years,same as it allways been,an’t nothing changed,just the coach,same result,get to playoffs, get blown out!

PMC

April 19th, 2011
10:36 am

Joe, he blew out his knee 2 games into his rookie season but he was very good in those first two games. He barely played last year. Too early to say bust. If he still does nothing this year, I’ll agree with you.

Joe Tess Fish House

April 19th, 2011
10:42 am

Thats my point he barley played last year. U draft some 1 in the fist round to contribute right away and for a long period of time. He has not done that and no 1 from the Falcons stated he blew his knee out. If it was that bad, why rush him back in 2 the line up? Ever thing I see tell me he is a bust!

FALCON FOR LIFE

April 19th, 2011
10:55 am

how many season ticket holders are in this forum? like me i have been a season ticket holder for years through the bad season til now. and there is one thing that i learnt that is you have to have faith in your FO until they show you otherwise, and one thing that TD & MS have shown me in the last 3 years is that they are dedicated in making this franchise a team to be reackon with. so stop with the chasticing and give the gys a chance. oh and by the way we need to always always fill the dome.