It has been rumored that the Falcons are attempting to move into the top five or 10 to take one of the two prime receivers — A.J. Green of Georgia or Julio Jones of Alabama — available in the NFL draft. It was learned late this afternoon that such discussions are serious and ongoing and, 2 1/2 hours before the draft commences, the Falcons remain guardedly optimistic that such a coup might be possible.
It might be that the Falcons wind up with Jones, who figures to be taken among Picks 6-10, as opposed to Green, who shouldn’t last beyond the first five. And any such move would be pricey: It would cost the Falcons this year’s No. 1 pick (the 27th overall) and next year’s No. 1.
The Falcons’ rationale in being so persistent: Roddy White, their No. 1 receiver, turns 30 this fall, and tight end Tony Gonzalez could be entering his final season. At some point in the near future this franchise must find another top-shelf receiver to pair with quarterback Matt Ryan. If it can be done now and address an area of need for the short term as well … why not make the move?
Again, the odds are against this happening. But such a maneuver no longer seems a hope against hope. We’ll know more very soon.
By Mark Bradley