Just a few days after the anniversary of the 2011 Julio Jones trade, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, on Wednesday, hosted his annual pre-draft press conference and reminded everyone that he doesn’t regret the decision to jump from the end of the first round to the top to snag the Pro Bowl wide receiver. It’s moves like the Jones deal that give Dimitroff the reputation of being a draft-day dealer and it’s likely why he and the Falcons are at the center of trade rumors with a week to go before this year’s selection event.
Although Dimitroff hasn’t always made such bold moves, he said the trademark of the Falcons front office is embodied in that move and will be visible in the team’s actions in this year’s draft. Aggressive is the modus operandi this year, just as it has been in previous years.
“We don’t sit on our hands,” Dimitroff said about targeting a player to pursue in the draft. “We’re aggressive with what we truly will help our organization rise to the upper levels in this league. We’ll continue to be very aggressive with who we deem as very helpful individuals (to the team).”
Staying aggressive in the draft can mean a lot of things and Dimitroff was quick to point out that it doesn’t always equate to a move up in the draft. He believes this is a very talented top-10 draft class (his exact words: “top-notch top 10″) and because they’re at No. 6, there are fewer players to be familiar with. This extra time studying a smaller group of players may allow Dimitroff more flexibility if a move should be made.
“(Being at No. 6) allows us to think about the ability to move back as well,” he said. “There are some really, potentially, good opportunities to move back and potentially gain more picks in the draft as well.”
While Dimitroff has heard a lot of talk about movement in this year’s draft, he believes, based on his discussions, that a team inside the top 10 is happy to be there and is unlikely to trade out of that position in a talent-rich draft.
“Most of the people that are in the top 10 this year, more than likely want to stay in the top 10,” Dimitroff said. “They may want to trade within the top 10, but they don’t want to trade out of the top 10.”