Atlanta Falcons: Dimitroff’s 2012 draft plan


In the team’s 2011 season in review, they reveal general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s 2012 draft plan:

“It doesn’t matter where we are in the Draft, it doesn’t matter
where our needs may be. I really want to have a firm grasp.
You never know where you’re going to see those players later.
It could be in free agency, it could be because of a cut early.
Who knows, so I make sure I’m looking at everyone.”

– Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff on his approach to the 2012
draft.

The Falcons will not select until the 55th pick over. They traded away this year’s first and fourth round picks and a part of the 5-for-1 mega deal with Cleveland last season. The Falcons will also pick in round three, five, six and seven. They are slated to pick 22nd in each round.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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MiamiFalcon

February 29th, 2012
10:14 am

I can’t help it but… First? I hate those people and now I are one!!! LOL

ATL Fan

February 29th, 2012
10:28 am

Every year we make a major sign in free agency. I wonder if this year will be the same or if the major sign will be Brent Grimes.

D man

February 29th, 2012
10:32 am

No matter what, we will still have a great team.

Joe Tess Fish House

February 29th, 2012
10:40 am

1 thig U can say about this year daft is there will be no first round bust cuz they dont have a fist round pic!

Draft Plan

February 29th, 2012
10:40 am

Sit Back and watch everyone else draft all the good players!

Falconsneed OL,DB'S

February 29th, 2012
11:08 am

Stop drafting these subpar players from subpar conferences!!! The Falcons needs to get as many Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, and LSU players that they can get their hands on!!!
SEC BABY!!!

Fish2774

February 29th, 2012
11:08 am

1st rounders are overhyped!!! Most of your productive players come in the rounds of 2nd and beyond. I would actually say trading for Julio was worth the picks because Atlanta now has the flexibility of signing free agents with at lease four years of league experience, and out of those 17 free agent on the roster there’s a possiblity that 8 maybe signed back. With so many TE’s coming out this year that’s a priority along with the O-line and defensive replacements in which Nolan will have a hand in choosing specific players for this hybrid scheme.

History Revised

February 29th, 2012
11:15 am

Is it just me or did the statement for Dimitroff sound like babble?? Like a man that knows he is stuck in the muck but trying really hard to sell that BS to the koolaid drinking masses…… he would have come off better saying ” We are gonnna plan for the worst, and hope for the best”….

Dr. Warren

February 29th, 2012
11:17 am

We need everything—OL, DL, defensive backfield, probably a new younger running back. Could this be the year we finally slide back under 8-8? Could be. Call me crazy, but Peyton Hillis is available and might be a cheap and decent solution for our infamous short yardage woes.

Birdz

February 29th, 2012
11:20 am

What about compensatory draft picks. Does anyone have a take on compensatory picks?

Birdz

February 29th, 2012
11:23 am

DOL, do you think Atl will be awarded a draft pick? If so, what do you think theyll do with it?

The Truth

February 29th, 2012
11:24 am

The Falcons should have done what was necessary to get AJ Green or taken Baldwin in the bottom half of the 1st round and kept all of those picks. Jones is good, but he’s not worth what the Falcons gave up to get him.

DJ Sniper

February 29th, 2012
11:28 am

Truth, the Bengals were set on drafting AJ Green and they were not willing to trade their #4 pick, so getting him wasn’t going to happen.

Saint Hater

February 29th, 2012
11:34 am

College Conference only matters in college. I love SEC football, but I’d take Fleener over Charles. There are a lot of 22 yearolds that are much better than they were at 17, so let’s get rid of the SEC blinders. And of course Dimitrof never says anything of substance to DOL, he has to bring it on Darryl’s level. Seriously though, I don’t want transparency in the front office, I want a Lombardi Trophy there.

The Truth

February 29th, 2012
11:36 am

DJ – hence the 2nd half of my post. Baldwin would have been a better value where the Falcons were supposed to pick than Jones was where they got him.

Damn the Bengals, fwiw.

Bill

February 29th, 2012
11:55 am

Not alot of news…but I believe TD will get the best players available in draft.. Go Falcons! Thanks DOL.

Ichabod

February 29th, 2012
11:56 am

I think I recall reading that quote in Alice in Wonderland.

o-me

February 29th, 2012
11:58 am

drew, get a life. U the retard-r-just bullying.

PMC

February 29th, 2012
12:07 pm

Wouldn’t hurt to scout the Big 10 for linemen instead of UNLV.

JK

February 29th, 2012
12:20 pm

We need depth on the OL. Here’s hoping we do not draft a TE.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 29th, 2012
12:23 pm

PMC — ‘Consin’s Konz only lifted 18 times. Adams from OSU apparently is a flake. Don’t have dirt on Zeitler though.

sports genius 21

February 29th, 2012
12:29 pm

fleener is injury proned thats my one concern with him charles is a beast id take charles over fleener just becuse charles is more durable

sports genius 21

February 29th, 2012
12:31 pm

really what ru joking me the falcons dont need a new starting qb thats ludcris and stupid that is so dumb ryan is a talented qb all we need is to clean up the o-line and we will be fine

Colorless

February 29th, 2012
12:33 pm

TiredMan don’t hate or love you, but that was the dumbest comment I’ve ever read

The name is Matty Fire, cause that's what my a$$ catches on when the blitz comes......

February 29th, 2012
12:47 pm

Hey, Justin Blackmon is just sitting there, waiting for us to mortgage our children’s draft to get him……come on dimit, go get him!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 29th, 2012
12:47 pm

ATL Fan — Major signing will be a ABE replacement. Robert Mathis could be the man.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 29th, 2012
12:48 pm

FalconsneedOL,DB’S – JaMarcus Russell came from the SEC BABY!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 29th, 2012
12:49 pm

Birdz — Only FA Falcons lost was Harvey Dahl, an undrafted guy. Likely nothing coming from there.

Yurtle_the_Turtle

February 29th, 2012
12:51 pm

TiredMan…you need to start judging folks by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. You’re a racist.

Sid

February 29th, 2012
12:51 pm

What are the other GM’s saying? Probably the same thing. Well, except for Inidanapolis…….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 29th, 2012
12:54 pm

Yurtle_the_Turtle — I concur with you. I’m about to spare him any additional embarassment and delete that nonsense.

Sid

February 29th, 2012
12:56 pm

Ok, everyone, rack your brain………..have any compensatory draft picks ever made a name for themselves.
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Compensatory picks

In addition to the 32 picks in each round, there are a total of 32 picks awarded at the ends of Rounds 3 through 7. These picks, known as “compensatory picks,” are awarded to teams that have lost more qualifying free agents than they gained the previous year in free agency. Teams that gain and lose the same number of players but lose higher-valued players than they gain also can be awarded a pick, but only in the seventh round, after the other compensatory picks. Compensatory picks cannot be traded, and the placement of the picks is determined by a proprietary formula based on the player’s salary, playing time, and postseason honors with his new team, with salary being the primary factor. So, for example, a team that lost a linebacker who signed for $2.5 million per year in free agency might get a sixth-round compensatory pick, while a team that lost a wide receiver who signed for $5 million per year might receive a fourth-round pick.

smartguy

February 29th, 2012
12:59 pm

Exactly whom has Dimitroff drafted that has had a lot of success?

You shouldn’t have to move into the top ten to pick a player.

jay

February 29th, 2012
1:01 pm

@the Truth. If Julio can stay healthy he’s the better player in comparison to A.J. Baldwin is going to be a decent WR. Just decent. The one problem with this team is we had no one to scare anybody and that was offense and defense. Getting Julio changed that. His combo size/speed is playmaker level. He was definitely worth it. Now we need someone scary like that on the defensive side of the ball.

Tommy Maddox

February 29th, 2012
1:05 pm

I’m still trying to figure out how New England always has upper 1st round draft picks. Why didn’t Dimitroff pick up any of that action and bring it here?

jay

February 29th, 2012
1:06 pm

@Tommy, because they trade away stars before they start to decline. Richard Seymour to Oakland for example.

ATL Fan

February 29th, 2012
1:19 pm

Thanks for the insight D Led. Looking back at the 1st round draft choices that we have had in the past, getting Jones may be a good thing. Baker and Jerry were lower 1st round picks and haven’t worked out as well as expected.

Joe Tess Fish House

February 29th, 2012
1:33 pm

Lets B reel. The Falcons blue their daft pix on Perrier Jerry. Cut him and take the cap hit than repalce his rooster spot with some 1 who can play.

Its not that hard realy. Admit U made a misteak Dummytroff

Phlegm Lattimore

February 29th, 2012
1:40 pm

Roddy is a baby daddy and it looks like Michael Turner is, too. In your opinion,does this public display of baby daddy and baby momma conflict affect the team in any way?

SeminoleWarrior

February 29th, 2012
1:53 pm

Spare me all this SEC bias!! Take the best available player at the position of more need at that selection. Especially when you have such limited picks!!

Works well for Reese (Giants) and Newsome (Ravens).

J Peso

February 29th, 2012
1:58 pm

B/C New England stocks draft picks, and will gladly let another team overspend on an aging player rather than resign him when he is past his prime. They dont give away 5 on a WR. its not a franchise QB, its a WR, what a mess that was. Wonder why NE has been to about 5 Superbowls in the last 10 or 11 yrs. Probably b/c they realize the opportunity cost you lose when you spend 5 picks on one player, especially when that player is a WR.

If I've told you once...

February 29th, 2012
2:15 pm

The Falcons have so few picks that their draft plans do not even warrant your column DOL. Julio is a great player, but we over paid to get him and it will be a long time before we recover. Dummytroff is in over his head.

Larry

February 29th, 2012
2:15 pm

Just cut any player with more than one “baby momma.”

Whopper Dawg

February 29th, 2012
2:33 pm

TD has real problems, personnel issues everywhere, limited picks. The chickens of busts, and mainly mediocre players from the drafts and free agency are coming home to roost.

He sounds and looks more like a corporate consultant than a football GM. It is real hard to believe he has a grasp on this thing. Looking everywhere is not much of a plan. That is like asking what is important and the answer is everything. If everything is important, then nothing is important. The shine is coming off that apple fast.

SawThat1nce

February 29th, 2012
2:33 pm

Whatever and whichever way he can, TD needs to improve that OLine, first and foremost.
The Falcons also need to do something about mounting a pass rush.

Supes

February 29th, 2012
2:41 pm

I’m not opposed if the Falcons draft a TE with the 2nd round pick…or draft for DB or DL depth throughout the draft.

Should focus on FA as far as O-Line, but mainly the O-line and D-lines (DE) should be the Falcons 1 priority this off-season.

Let Turner, Lofton and Abe take a walk….keep Grimes.

Have Quizz and Snelling share carries (it’ll be enough), focus on acquiring a top tier DE in FA, and use Dent to replace Lofton (or other FA options, aka Channing Crowder who could be had for a lot less)

jay

February 29th, 2012
2:42 pm

Wow, there sure are a bunch of snobby fans in Atlanta now. I know I get pissed at times, but wowzers. We hadn’t won in back to back seasons before TD and MS arrived. Now we’re 4 seasons straight with winners, after our franchise QB went to jail over dogfighting. Give these guys time and enjoy the ride folks.

Uncle Larry

February 29th, 2012
3:07 pm

Jay you are on the money. Falcons have to maintain and get better for the playoffs. They have to catch the Saints and stay in front of San Francisco, Carolina and Detroit. They are all coming up fast in the NFC!

Uncle Larry

February 29th, 2012
3:08 pm

D. Orlando you’re the GREATEST!!! Well, second GREATEST! ALI REMAINS THE ORIGINAL GREATEST!

Statick

February 29th, 2012
3:36 pm

@ jay

Well said. People act as if we were perennial winners before Ryan, Smitty and Dimitroff took over.