LIVE CHAT: WWTDD – What will Thomas Dimitroff do?

We are in the media War Room and ready for your questions before the second day of the NFL draft starts.

We are in the media War Room and ready for your questions before the second day of the NFL draft starts.

FLOWERY BRANCH – Took a little time to assess the first round late last night, got a few winks, delivered a couple of lectures on the media and the justice system and then started to  ponder this WWTDD question.

Given what happened in the most bizarre first round in quite a while, we have to figure out “What Will Thomas Dimitroff Do” with the 55th and 84th picks of the draft.

The first round broke beautifully for the Falcons, who have heavily scouted offensive tackles. The Falcons can practically sit back at 55 and watch as lineman slips through. Georgia’s Cordy Glenn, Stanford’s Jonathan Martin and Mississippi State’s Bobby Massie, Ohio State’s Mike Adams  and Wisconsin’s Peter Konz were not selected in the first round. All were projected as potential first round picks.

The Falcons may target Adams or Martin if they are slipping and go up and get one of them. Dimitroff has made at least

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one trade in each of his past four drafts.

If the Falcons lay back at 55, California tackle Mitchell Schwartz and Midwestern State tackle/guard Amini Silatolu could still be around.

During the pre-draft process the Falcons worked out offensive tackles Schwartz, Steven Baker (East Carolina), Dennis Kelly (Purdue), Kelechi Osemele (Iowa State) and Donald Stephenson (Oklahoma).

We have a few hours until things get started. So send along your questions.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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527 comments Add your comment

Pastor Mackdaddy

April 27th, 2012
3:48 pm

do you think TD will try to move up and grab an OL named by you or will he be patient and see what falls into his lap at 55….agree round 1 played out well for the Falcons pick at 55 but some of the talent left may go quickly

TD Mike

April 27th, 2012
3:50 pm

With so many solid O-Linemen left, do you think TD trades down a few spots to pick up an extra pick?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
3:53 pm

Pastor Mackdaddy — Adams and Martin are both worth moving up for. Just a matter of how far they slip. If they drop into the 40s, Dimitroff may strike.

Big Crimson 75

April 27th, 2012
3:54 pm

Dwayne Allen in Round 2
Kelechi Osemele in Round 3
Kirk Cousins in Round 5
Josh Chapman in Round 6
Von”Blaze” Burfict in Round 7

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
3:54 pm

TD Mike — He has traded up four times and down just once. I don’t belive he’ll go back in this draft. It’s more likely that he’ll move up.

MongoTaz

April 27th, 2012
3:59 pm

i love the idea of trading down, maybe getting back our 4th we gave cleveland in the process- but do we risk not landing one of the better TE’s still available Dwayne Allen (assuming Fleener reunites w/Luck in Indy)?

PMC

April 27th, 2012
3:59 pm

I’m feeling so good at this point I’m going to be happy with the pick almost no matter who it is. I’d just rather they not have played defense at Clemson University (undiciplined mess). Other than that, I’m pretty pleased with the options.

Pittsburg lucked into DeCastro. Perhaps a good player will fall to the Falcons as well.

PMC

April 27th, 2012
4:01 pm

With so much very good OL talent sliding into this round, I’d think they would be more apt to move up to snag a particular player. I really like our talent overall much better today than I did 2 weeks ago.

I’d feel better if we could add another versatile, speedy OLB and TE somewhere but I think OL is the first pick. tonight.

David

April 27th, 2012
4:02 pm

Watch for the 45th from the Rams, or the 46th & 51st from the Eagles. See what LT falls that far and that is who TD takes.

DZ

April 27th, 2012
4:02 pm

DOL,

Think if there is a run on OL, we might take DT Brandon Thompson instead? Having a big body in the middle of our DL could make the difference.

tay

April 27th, 2012
4:02 pm

think we go TE or DL !!!! OR the best player on the board

mark

April 27th, 2012
4:02 pm

Dled,

I am seeing all kinds of picks for us at 2, I know we need a TE but do you think they pass on a OT or OG for a TE. Also do you think if we pass on TE we can get Green by the 3rd round. Any chance we go D-line with 2nd pick? I will hang up and listen. Keep up the outstanding work, unless the NFL network comes calling then go!

Thanks,
Mark

Sausage King of Chicago

April 27th, 2012
4:03 pm

We need s’moa Samoans…get Silatolu!

tay

April 27th, 2012
4:03 pm

i would not trade up for anyone!! just stay where u at and see wht falls to u

Rip

April 27th, 2012
4:04 pm

They way the first round went, there are several players that were projected to go in the first wound that did not go, so there will be some cream at number 55. The falcons could trade down a few positions for another draft pick. Another third round pick would be nice. Another second round pick would be off the chain

tay

April 27th, 2012
4:05 pm

i like laduris green in the 3rd if he still there

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:05 pm

MongoTaz — OL is a bigger priority than TE. I think they can get their TE in the 5th. Here he is —>>>>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P53EEAeCn4

tay

April 27th, 2012
4:06 pm

well see u later got to go get my beer for tonite!!lol

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:06 pm

PMC — Branch could still be out there. Looks like they’ll get a winner either way.

Reapics

April 27th, 2012
4:07 pm

Do you think atl could trade up for Cordy Glenn and try him at LT? I think he could play the position.

Treeofwoe

April 27th, 2012
4:08 pm

Rams have 33, 39, 45 picks in 2nd. WE move up to get at least one of those imho. I wouldn’t be surprised to see us move up and get TWO of those. It’s not like we know their GM and they have loads of first round picks next year.

Aardvark Base

April 27th, 2012
4:08 pm

What’s the scoop on Silatolu from Midwestern? The Falcons OL coach is from Midwestern, and there was mention of “nastiness” in another article, but I couldn’t tell if he was referring to Silatolu or not. Also, are we going to dump Sam Baker if we get a high round OL? I really thought we would have already done so. A poster above predicted Josh Chapman lasting until the 6th, and Von Burfict until the 7th. Any way that is possible? Seems like a stretch.

Treeofwoe

April 27th, 2012
4:09 pm

I project we get an OL and a massive DT instead of a DE this year.

PMC

April 27th, 2012
4:10 pm

Make sure you get whomever it is a fresh team colored bow tie DLED!

Will

April 27th, 2012
4:11 pm

Have you heard anymore about Aubrayo Franklin? Do you think his status depends upon who we get in the draft?

Treeofwoe

April 27th, 2012
4:11 pm

Only other things I think we take are TE and RB

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:12 pm

PMC — I keep hearing Chris Rainey’s name as a Weems replacement. Not sure what round, 6th or 7th. Also a backup QB could be headed here.

tay

April 27th, 2012
4:13 pm

DLED
ADRIEN ROBINSON IS A NICE PICK FOR THE 5TH OR 6 ROUND!!! I THINK THEY WORK HIM OUT RIGHT!!! HE LOOKS GOOD

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:14 pm

David – Good call. TD is cool with KC (and Pioli). They could be going up to 44.

sam

April 27th, 2012
4:14 pm

Seems clear that drafting an OT who can compete for a starter role would be huge for the Falcons. I expect TD to play his hand wisely but move up if there starts to be a run on that position.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:15 pm

DZ – They did work him at Clemson. I would not rule out Brandon Thompson at 55.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:16 pm

Reapics — Cordy is going early tonight. I don’ think they can move up that far to get him.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:17 pm

Will — I have nothing new to report on Franklin. Draft and free agency are always related.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:17 pm

tay — Yes, he should be there in the 5th.

Loganville

April 27th, 2012
4:18 pm

This is so hard to predict because I’ve heard so many different ideas and theories. If it were me and they do trade up, I would trade up and take Cordy Glenn and get a 1st round grade lineman. If they stay at 55 I’m unsure if they go defense or OL. A name I keep hearing a lot of good things about is Derek Wolfe. I know who all we’ve heard that they have worked out but if he is there he might be a better choice than who we’ve reportedly worked out.

I agree with D Led on the TE in the late round. Think he would be an excellent selection. Ironically same school as Wolfe.

MongoTaz

April 27th, 2012
4:19 pm

i would really love to see TY Hilton- FLA International as Weems replacement- kid is a double threat as KR & PR- has a nose for the endzone.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:19 pm

Treeofwoe — They like their running backs and consider themselves to be six deep already with Turner, Quizz, Ovie, Snelling, Antone and Dimitri Nance. They are not drafting a running back.

David

April 27th, 2012
4:21 pm

DLED- To get in the 40’s do we have to package our 3rd? Or you think we could get away with our 5th?

PMC

April 27th, 2012
4:22 pm

I’m all in on Chris Rainey for a late rounder.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:23 pm

Big Crimson 75 – Nice board. But you know Von Blaze has a black dot on T.D.’s board.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:24 pm

tay — That’s a good plan. I think Green is going in the fourth.

Loganville

April 27th, 2012
4:24 pm

David, I personally think they would have to swap 3rd round pick with someone’s 4th round pick. I’m eyeing the Rams pick @ 45 if they move up.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:26 pm

David — The old draft chart is out of the window. I think a 5th, gum and free passes to Stone Mountain could do it. There were some cheap trade prices last night.

Teenwolf

April 27th, 2012
4:27 pm

They have to go best available OL in the 2nd round. Someone who can compete with Same Baker at LT and possible move to the inside when called upon. Matty Ice was roughed up a bit too much last year.

3rd round: If O. Charles is on the board, consider trading up for Gonzales’ future replacement. If not, linebacker depth w/ Mike Nolan possibly running more 3-4 formations would be nice.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 27th, 2012
4:28 pm

Loganville — Good strategy. Look at TD’s buddies. Snead in the STL and Pioli in KC. He’s cool with Heckert in Cleveland.

David

April 27th, 2012
4:28 pm

HA! Good Call.

Sid

April 27th, 2012
4:28 pm

Big Crimson 75 April 27th, 2012 3:54 pm
Dwayne Allen in Round 2
Kelechi Osemele in Round 3
Kirk Cousins in Round 5
***********************************************
Dled, It could actually play out that the Falcons get Allen in 2 and Osemele in 3, but would they look at a QB with so many other needs?

sam

April 27th, 2012
4:33 pm

DLED: On some of today’s mock draft boards I’m seeing Osemele (G/T) from Iowa State coming to us in the 2nd round. Any insight on that one? I think we worked him out, right?

Gerald

April 27th, 2012
4:34 pm

Do the Falcons need to make more contract adjustments to fit all the rookie contracts and Samuels’ contract under the cap or was Blaylocks enough? If so, who do you see being restructured or cut?

Gerald

April 27th, 2012
4:41 pm