The Falcons are working hard to trade up for A.J. or Julio

Georgia's A.J. Green and Alabama's Julio Jones: One of them could play here. (AJC file photos)

Georgia's A.J. Green and Alabama's Julio Jones: Could one play here? (AJC file photos)

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

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Joe's place Joe speaking

April 28th, 2011
5:05 pm

Do you think we should trade for them Mr. Marky Mark Bradley?

Jamaaliver

April 28th, 2011
5:07 pm

Not worth it.

Receivers picked that high are primadonnas who depend more on talent than hardwork and guts.

Give me a blue collar, late round receiver like Hines Ward over these guys any day.

Truth in Advertising

April 28th, 2011
5:07 pm

Players from the University of Georgia are drug addicts.

Julio, who flourished under the DISCIPLINE of Coach Saban, would be a safer bet.

Joe's place Joe speaking

April 28th, 2011
5:07 pm

And who would you think is the better fit or more ” explosive ” receiver for our team?

Realist

April 28th, 2011
5:07 pm

Julio would look great in a Falcons uniform. And he is a great down-field blocker as well, which suits our offense perfectly.

dean

April 28th, 2011
5:07 pm

Oh yeah! AJ would be nice, but I’d take Julio in a second, too!

Cam Newton

April 28th, 2011
5:09 pm

Do I get me a free laptop with my free contract if the Falcons draft me?

I need to unload this one I am typing on right now before I get caught with it.

Roger McDowell

April 28th, 2011
5:13 pm

If I can use PhotoShop to create a fake Hawaiian Birth Certificate for myself, do you think the Falcons might be able to hire me as Throwing Coach?

I might need a new position soon.

coloradobulldog

April 28th, 2011
5:15 pm

TD, make it so!

Vol

April 28th, 2011
5:27 pm

As a fan of both the University of Tennessee and the Atlanta Falcons, I would love to see the Falcons end up with Luke Stocker as the heir apparent to Tony Gonzalez. A real smart kid with good size and good hands.

Hilton Head Island

April 28th, 2011
5:30 pm

At least Julio Jones had a 1,000 yard season in college.

A.J. Green is still hoping for one.

Kreate

April 28th, 2011
5:30 pm

Can either one of them play defense?…

Mike Jay

April 28th, 2011
5:31 pm

I have doubts they will be able to get the impactfull pass rusher they need at DE with the 27 pick. I’d guess at least 5-6 other DE’s will be gone by then. I say pull the trigger and get this done.

GTBob

April 28th, 2011
5:33 pm

Well, TD and Mike Smith know better then I do but this really seems like a mistake.

Nick P

April 28th, 2011
5:37 pm

Mark, is it true players can’t be traded due to the labor situation, meaning that we’d be forced to use ONLY draft picks to get a deal done?

markie mark

April 28th, 2011
5:37 pm

much as I like A.J.s talent, I think he cruises on that alone….have never seen him catch “on fire” except intermittently….

Heath

April 28th, 2011
5:40 pm

I’d be more excited if the Falcons ever let Ryan throw if further than 5 yards downfield.

Mark Bradley`s Booster

April 28th, 2011
5:41 pm

A.J. can make a lot of acrobatic game highlight type catches and was
hard to cover in college. Question is if he is big and strong enough to take the hits from NFL linebackers and defensive backs. I think there is risk with Green. Jones might be the better pick.

4th and Long Gone

April 28th, 2011
5:42 pm

Once it is allowed by the league again, trade for Demitrious Thomas from Denver. Still believe he will be as good as either of these, and will be a whole lot cheaper. Not pure speed, but the best at going up and getting the ball I have seen since Larry Fitzgerald. Not as good as LF, but the next best. He is a great blocker also. After his injury last season, he might be even cheaper.

Tyler

April 28th, 2011
5:42 pm

Julio will outwork anyone. Obviously, he’s super talented. But if you ask anyone around the Alabama program, nobody will be more committed than Julio Jones. If we can’t trade up to the top 10, we need to trade up to get Bowers, once considered to be the possible #1 pick

Tyler

April 28th, 2011
5:43 pm

If you have doubts about Julio, simply look at what he did all 3 years that he went up against Patrick Peterson. This should erase any doubts.

Kobie

April 28th, 2011
5:48 pm

Players from the University of Georgia are drug addicts, a bad misconception if I ever heard one. All players can’t be villified for one players error. That is like saying all Alabama players receive gifts from agents due to the fact that Marcell Dareus got suspended for attending that party in Miami that a sports agent threw. Both receivers are very good and should transition very well to the NFL. Both are good route runners and make the tough catch across the middle. With A.J. if you put it up in his direction he will catch the ball. Plus, A.J. has worked with 3 different quaterbacks during his tenure. A 1,000 yard season in college is not that impressive, considering how many actually occur with wide open offenses. Being a UGA grad, it would be nice to see A.J. in Falcons colors, but I am also equally impressed with Julio Jones. Either one will be a great fit to a Falcons offense that needs more explosiveness.

Steve

April 28th, 2011
5:48 pm

If the Falcons can move up that high, why not get an impact DE instead of a WR? They desperately need an impact player on the other side of JA, while they have playmakers on offense other than Roddy White.

If the Falcons can move up, why not try to get around the 15th pick and Take Da’Quan Bowers (presuming he’s there). The media hyped up the knee injury so badly that he’s destined to fall, but he is an absolute beast at DE that can stop the run and rush the passer. Even if Bowers can only play for 3-5 seasons (which is the apparent concern), he will have a more immediate impact than a WR on this team for the next 10 years.

The Falcons desperately need help on defense, particularly at DE. If they are going to mortgage future drafts with this pick, why not do it for an impact player on defense instead of a luxury on offense?

Aaron

April 28th, 2011
6:01 pm

Keep the first for next year and draft Alshon Jeffrey then. Much better option.

dawg4u

April 28th, 2011
6:01 pm

I agree that we really need a DE rather than trade up to have two stud wide receivers. If they are set on going offense instead of defense, then I would rather have a running back over a WR. The reason we lost to GB in the playoffs wasn’t because of the offense!

jerry

April 28th, 2011
6:02 pm

In 1985 the 49ers traded their 1st two picks and took Jerry Rice with their 1st pick in round one. Having won the SB, they picked last, so they traded the last pick in the 1st round and the last pick in the 2nd round. They did not trade two #1 picks for the greatest WR ever, much less for A.J. Green.

M10

April 28th, 2011
6:07 pm

I see no reason not to try to get one of the top 2 receivers in this draft.Our receiving corps need an upgrade at the # 2 slot.I think there going to be agressive on a free agent DE and take the best LB,DE or CB with the 27 pk if they dont trade up.

Dennis Reynolds

April 28th, 2011
6:10 pm

Im a baseball fan that admittedly only watches the Falcons casually, but I’d be super excited for the season if we could land one of these guys.

The O LiarState University

April 28th, 2011
6:19 pm

Hilton Head, AJ was missed 4 games. Julio stats would be expected to be better. The NFL has AJ rated higher, so the 1000 yards production didn’t sway them.

dawg4u

April 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

If the Falcons are set on trading up, then why not trade up for DE Robert Quinn out of NC or Marcel Dareus DT from Alabama? We need DEFENSE bad!

cajunStorm

April 28th, 2011
6:33 pm

Ummmmm, did you all not see Green Bay beat the breaks off this team by tossing the rock to top flight receiver after top flight receiver? If the Falcons can get AJ or Julio that would be game breaking options for Matt Ryan. That would open the entire playbook. the defense was good enough and heavily invested in past drafts. The offense needs an explosive element to it.

RM

April 28th, 2011
6:34 pm

I don’t get it. Neither Green nor Jones would have been much help in sacking Rodgers in the embarassing playoff loss. Did they forget that the Packers didn’t punt once the entire game!

PaulieOldSchool

April 28th, 2011
6:35 pm

I would rather we stay where we are, draft Kyle Rudolph (TE) at #27 and work on picking up a couple WRs down the line. We need defensive help, too, but we can do without losing 2 years of first round picks.

Glenn

April 28th, 2011
6:35 pm

The Falcons have more needs than a wide receiver so giving up everything of value to move up to get one is just bad business, and I have a hard time believing Arthur Blank would let something like that happen unless this was a “can miss” prospect, like Calvin Johnson was, and neither of those guys fit that category.

Not worth wasting draft choices.

Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd Man

April 28th, 2011
6:38 pm

No one is getting my #1 in 2012.

Soulman

April 28th, 2011
6:38 pm

J Jones worked out at the Combine on a broken foot,,, Talk about work ethics. Who said primadonna ??

John

April 28th, 2011
6:40 pm

After reading the story about Justin Houston earlier in the week, I truly hope he drops like a rock.

Randall H.

April 28th, 2011
6:40 pm

It would be great if they would accept Michael jenkins and a no. 2 next year, they need a reciever any way and A.J. will be just waisted up there. Ochostinko might give him a bad attitude too.

Mike

April 28th, 2011
6:41 pm

I know that it is a risk but the question is, how much longer you think we can keep this core in tact with Gonzo, Abe and maybe a few others last season in Atlanta, so I like that TD is willing to gambling with this so we can get to SB, plus Roddy White needs help and one of two lads(Green and Jones) will help and we can use FA for the defense

Halsey

April 28th, 2011
6:41 pm

The Falcons have 9 total picks in this Draft. Trading up doesn’t mean they can’t address other needs after the first round. That seems to be a basic concept many don’t get. The Falcons need an impact player in the first round and there may not be one at 27

I just wonder if the Falcons might also try trading up for a DE or OT if they can’t move up for Jones or Green

whatever

April 28th, 2011
6:48 pm

idk man idk… i’d like either one… but it seems at to high a cost…

F-105 Thunderchief

April 28th, 2011
6:48 pm

Why not make the move? Well, let’s see, Roddy White cost one first round pick, and it’s a good idea to use two on Julio? Don’t think so.

blord

April 28th, 2011
6:48 pm

Truth in Advertising

April 28th, 2011
5:07 pm
“Players from the University of Georgia are drug addicts.
Julio, who flourished under the DISCIPLINE of Coach Saban, would be a safer bet.”

Truth in Advertising,
You ever heard of Andre Smith?

Randall H.

April 28th, 2011
6:49 pm

The better yet than both is Kris Durham, he’s got blazing speed and catches everything he gets his hands on . The old saying it takes a licking and keeps on ticking fits him, tough as nails with great hands, he could have been maybe should have been the featured guy. The best one may still be at UGA next year with Orson Charles.

Halsey

April 28th, 2011
6:50 pm

Julio is a significantly better prospect than Roddy was coming out.

J-Nasty

April 28th, 2011
6:51 pm

the DE position is so deep in this class that i think we could get cliff matthews out of south carolina in the 2nd or 3rd. there are a ton of DEs available. also, these two WRs are probably the best 2 to come out since calvin johnson. they were the top 2 out of high school and are now the top 2 out of college. they are good kids that work hard. either one would be a huge plus. i would give up 5 picks that are potential busts (i.e. jamaal anderson, or michael jenkins) just to get a for sure nfl star

BCC0224

April 28th, 2011
6:52 pm

I’m just glad they’re trying to make a major impact. After all, we got Tony Gonzalez a few years ago, so I’m not doubting the Falcon front office in their effort to snag A.J. Green or Julio Jones without making a Herschel Walker type trade.

F-105 Thunderchief

April 28th, 2011
6:54 pm

He’s still not worth two — count ‘em — two first round draft choices. Two!

Hot err

April 28th, 2011
6:55 pm

I don’t know how much it would cost, or if it’s even smart, but nothing would make me happier than to see AJ or Julio holding up a #1 Falcons jersey. Having someone like that on the other side of Roddy would make the offense unstoppable. Worth the gamble IMHO. Fortune favors the bold. I think I heard that in a beer commercial.

Bubba Bean

April 28th, 2011
6:57 pm

It’s a smokescreen……they really want Peterson.