From Peter King: Falcons trying to trade up for A.J. Green

He'd be quite a catch for the Flowery Branch crew. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

He would be quite a catch for the Flowery Branch crew. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Hot off the Web! Peter King of Sports Illustrated has just loosed a Tweet that reads:

We have some action in the Top 10, I’m told. Atlanta, seeking explosive outside threat, trying to get way up for Green/Julio. Unlikely, tho.

Translation: The Atlanta Falcons are endeavoring to trade their way upward in the NFL draft, which begins Thursday, so as to land a receiver comparable to the one they have already in Roddy White. The receivers in question are A.J. Green of Georgia or Julio Jones of Alabama. (”Tho” is a shortening of “though,” which enables the savvy Twitter user to save three precious characters.)

My take, such as it is: The Falcons would be nuts not to try, and if there’s anything the Falcons under Thomas Dimitroff aren’t it’s nuts. Trouble is, the Falcons would need to trade into the top five to have a shot at Green, and that’s a major leap from No. 27, which is their draft position as we speak.

You’re not going to get a top five pick by dangling your No. 27 and a second- and third-rounder. Looking longer-term, the prospect of giving some team this year’s No. 1 and next year’s No. 1 doesn’t have much sizzle for the prospective trade partner, simply because the Falcons with Green surely won’t be picking any higher than No. 27 next spring, either.

To make this work, you’d almost have to throw a major player into the mix, and the Falcons really don’t have major players to spare. Few clubs do. Because of the salary cap and free agency, the concept of NFL depth is gone with the wind. There’s no backup on the order of Philadelphia’s Kevin Kolb sitting around in Flowery Branch as bait. And besides, there’s no trading of players being done this offseason because the NFL has been in lockout mode. Moot point!

The same Thomas Dimitroff, it must be said, did wangle a trade for the All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez in 2009, so it isn’t as if he’s afraid to take a shot. Still, it’s hard to imagine the Falcons getting into the top five and plucking Green, and even the chances of sliding into the top 10 and landing Jones would seem slim. But I am, as we know, often wrong. This is one time I wouldn’t mind being wrong one bit.

By Mark Bradley

167 comments Add your comment

DollarDawg43

April 27th, 2011
12:09 am

I don’t think I’ve ever been first…

James

April 27th, 2011
12:10 am

Go for it First!

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2011
12:11 am

Have now, DollarDawg43. Early-morning kudos.

DollarDawg43

April 27th, 2011
12:12 am

Now that that is out of the way, it would be ten kinds of cool to see AJ in a Falcons uniform but it seems too good to be true. If Matt Ryan sees this blog tonight he may not get any sleep. I can imagine the daydreams an NFL QB would have about White on one side and Green on the other. Come to think of it, it would keep a few defensive coordinators up at night too.

Fun to think about but pretty doubtful.

bigstack19

April 27th, 2011
12:14 am

I would love that. You mean to tell me that the great John Parker Wilson coupled with the awesome Gartrell Johnson and the 27th pick couldn’t get us up to pick AJ Green. What is wrong with this world.

DollarDawg43

April 27th, 2011
12:16 am

Thanks MB. Geez, I’m just an insomniac, what are you doing working this late?

Najeh Davenpoop

April 27th, 2011
12:16 am

No more excuses if they manage to pull this off.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2011
12:16 am

You might have to do a Ricky Williams to make this happen: Your entire draft for one guy.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2011
12:17 am

Beats me, DollarDawg43.

TheDream

April 27th, 2011
12:20 am

Jeez Mark, I know it’s breaking news, but go to bed man!

Joe

April 27th, 2011
12:21 am

Not going to happen, picks are like gold this year, it will take WAY too much to move up that high.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2011
12:21 am

I’m doing just that, TheDream. Night, folks.

south ga falcon

April 27th, 2011
12:22 am

Mark who would you draft if you were the falcons and that player is available?

head fake

April 27th, 2011
12:22 am

smoke screen. juke. spin.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2011
12:24 am

I’d take Green if he’s available, but I doubt he would be.

The Grinch

April 27th, 2011
12:33 am

I don’t know…Chris Redman’s a proven backup and has been a starter. LOT of teams looking for an experienced QB. The Falcons have been working out QB’s lately…there may be something to this.

GT Trumpet

April 27th, 2011
12:35 am

Go to bed Bradley!!! This time is reserved for people with finals next week. Oh and actually related to the article, we need pass D more than another good receiver.

William

April 27th, 2011
12:51 am

Nobody is going to trade up. It’s silly to even try to do it. Just get a receiver at the 27th pick. Sometimes you can find a diamond in the rough.

Dave

April 27th, 2011
1:01 am

Heck, if we could get Julio at 10 – 15, that would be great too. I just don’t think we can get a top 5 with what we have without mortgaging the farm and that is not our way and doesn’t make sense.

just wondering

April 27th, 2011
1:08 am

When I lived in Minnesota we mortgaged the farm for Herschel Walker with Dallas…they then proceeded to put together a team that went to the SuperBowl etc. We won’t do that for Green. We need him, but we won’t do that.. Nice dream though

RED DOG 77

April 27th, 2011
1:21 am

Mark…….We get A.J. when pigs fly………so stop this foolishness and start talking a pass rushing DE……..mabe move up a few spots and get a good’un…….Regards, RED

Big Ray

April 27th, 2011
1:28 am

This reeks of smokescreen….because trading up would be something that truly is nuts. And Green, for all his great talent, is not worth what we’d have to give up, which would have to be, as you said, the entire draft.

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cantondawg

April 27th, 2011
1:52 am

AJ would cost too much..we need to focus on getting Julio…Some people (not me of course) think he could be better than AJ. It’s close but AJ is better.

GT_BOOM

April 27th, 2011
2:08 am

You don’t trade up in the top 5 for a WR (not named Calvin Johnson). You can find good ones later in the draft. I would try to get the Hankerson kid out of Miami.

Halsey

April 27th, 2011
2:16 am

The Falcons would need to take like the 7th best DE if they stay at 27, O-line, Kyle Rudolph or maybe even Mark Ingram is the way they’ll go. I’d rather see them get the top RB, top TE or a top 5 lineman than get the scraps after a run on DEs.

Ga Marine Abroad

April 27th, 2011
3:29 am

I just hope that we can actually avoid the injury bug like last year and put an improved team on the field this year. I would love to hear Green(A.J.) and White(Roddy) called as one of the most dangerous WR combo’s out there, but I don’t think it will happen. Last time we took such a risk was when we had our beloved MV7. Come on ATL, take another risk!

Tdawg

April 27th, 2011
3:37 am

I say morage the farm if it will get Green to Atlanta. I mean look at the past 3 drafts. What has Atlanta gotten that has made any kind of difference. Matt Ryan is pretty much it. Shean Wheterspoon hasn’t showed me jack. I mean outside of Ryan who has Atlanta gotten that is really worth keeping. I say get Green by any means necessary an get 2 or 3 free agents to fill in the other needs. I mean how many of these kids coming out of college is really going to help the Falcons? Green would and one or two free agents might. That would be better than what they’ve gotten in the draft the past few years.I’d also save at least one draft spot for that receiver at Fort Valley State. The kid has unreal speed.

atlnative

April 27th, 2011
4:24 am

A.J.Green would be a great addition to the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive lineup,but the Falcons need defensive help.A decent pass rusher would be nice and some aggressive cornerbacks too.Michael Turner has carried the ball a lot the last three years,and Tony Gonzalez is retiring soon.

Mat"T"

April 27th, 2011
5:15 am

Maybe I am missing something, but what did A.J. Green accomplish in college-besides a suspension?

Monster Mash

April 27th, 2011
5:35 am

there is a lot of value in the 2nd round this year. we need to be trading down, not up. we want another 2nd and 3rd round pick. In Rd 2 we could get Leonard Hankerson at WR and Bruce Carter at OLB, and in Rd 3 Allen Bailey at DE and Rob Housler or Virgil Green at TE. Then in Rd 4 take Jordan Todman or that Hawaii RB.

I do believe Leonard Hankerson will be every bit as good as AJ Green in the league. And I could also be happy with Jonathan Baldwin. Nobody wants to give our draft for AJ Green. That would be a dumber move than Ditka’s Ricky Williams deal.

Check his stats!

April 27th, 2011
5:37 am

@ Mat”T”, yeah, you are missing something, go check his stats. Maybe you you just don’t follow college football to know, don’t worry, I will guide you…Google him!

RomeDawg

April 27th, 2011
6:17 am

This would be amazing, but it ain’t happen’!

RomeDawg

April 27th, 2011
6:20 am

Mat “T”,

If you don’t think AJ Green is gonna be amazing, you my friend are an IDIOT!!! What did Tom Brady accomplish in college? What about Randy Moss? Brett Favre?

In case you aren’t able to catch on, college performance has little to do with NFL production.

tim

April 27th, 2011
6:34 am

Mark……you didn’t get the memo. NEVER believe anything Petie King says! Did he also tweet that he “just got off the phone with God”?
Yada Yada Yada

Paddy

April 27th, 2011
6:52 am

Matt-T…….you didn’t miss anything. You just don’t know talent. Not your fault.

Larry

April 27th, 2011
6:59 am

Packers stats from January 15, 2011:

31 of 36 attempts / 366 passing yards / 3 passing TD / 48 Points / 5 consecutive 80+ yard TD Drives / 462 total yards / 6 total TD / and never punted the ball once for an entire football game.

Now tell me, how does trading up for or selecting a WR in the 1st address the above crime scene?

Now here are the stats for the same omnipotent Aaron Rodgers the very next game against the Bears:

17 for 30 / 236 yards / 2 of 11 on 3rd down / 0 TD / 2 int.

So what is the difference? The final four SB contenders, Bears, Packers, Jets and Steelers have excellent defenses and excellent defensive coaching…the Falcons have neither.

No, we do not as a priority need another WR, we first need a DC with a clue (BVG hasn’t one), a real DE, another OLB, and another DB. The next time we face a potent offense and a hot QB in the playoffs we need to get to and put on the ground their QB!

Remember the undefeated Patriots against the Giants in the Super Bowl? Remember that Mr. Brady had 50 regular season TD’s that season and people were saying this was the best team, QB and offense in NFL history? Remember who won and why?

The Giants won because they frequently introduced Mr. Brady to the earth!

Rock E. Topp

April 27th, 2011
7:05 am

With the “10″ AJ scored on his Wonderlic test, he must be one of the smartest Bulldogs in a long time. What? You mean a “10″ is one of the lowest possible scores on the test? No wonder he had a scholarship to UGA.

JOD

April 27th, 2011
7:08 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO……………….WORST IDEA EVER!!!!! THIS CAN NOT BE REAL!

JOD

April 27th, 2011
7:10 am

ANYONE SAY CHARACTER ISSUES?

@Rock E Topp

April 27th, 2011
7:12 am

Why dont you leave the blog, go wake up your wife/cousin, then brush your tooth?

Pulpwood Smith

April 27th, 2011
7:13 am

Sounds like someone picking in the top 5 is trying to generate interest in those picks…..there’s really not a “franchise” player in this year’s draft, certainly not a “franchise QB” and I’m sure teams picking high would love to trade down, hence “rumors” start flying around a couple of days before the draft.

Todd

April 27th, 2011
7:14 am

Did somebody just say Hankerson will be every bit as good as Green? Put the crack pipe down, it’s a little early. If Jones slips below Washington, there may be a possibility. Hell, if all things were right, I would dangle Roddy for AJ. Green is simply better, and YOUNGER.

MG in NJ

April 27th, 2011
7:14 am

Forget drafting Green in the top 5..get a solid DE like the CAL or Iowa kids and then focus on a BIG (like 6′2″ or taller) type WR !

falcon4life

April 27th, 2011
7:17 am

Unless the labor issue is fixed prior to thursdays draft, you can not trade players this year….only picks and or future picks. Also, once a team drafts a player, they can not trade that players rights so the trades have to happen prior to the pick selection. With that said, doubt we have the ammo to land AJ or Julio.

@Mat"T"

April 27th, 2011
7:23 am

yeah, Id say you missed about 2 1/2 yrs of great play. But then maybe you know more than all of the experts.

Sid

April 27th, 2011
7:29 am

If they only crack the 5th pick Green could be off the board to the Bengals. But still they could land a Dareus or Quinn. Frankly I would like to see them sit @ 27, they’ll get decent defensive help there.

AthensDawg

April 27th, 2011
7:38 am

We don’t need to trade up. It would cost us way to much to trade up that early.

Ga_Native

April 27th, 2011
7:39 am

@Larry – well put. That was my 1st instinct. It would be flashy (White and Green!) but it wouldn’t be a step closer towards the Lombardi trophy.

If we could trade into the top 5 there’d be some defensive BEAST that could put us over the top much better than a WR.

SPS

April 27th, 2011
7:45 am

Peter King picked the Carolina Panthers to win the division last year. His draft predictions are equally relevant. What’s the next bog Mark? Let’s start it now…