Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitrof is drafting in the top 10 for the first time since trading up to select Julio Jones at No. 6 overall in 2011.
Jeremiah: Potential combine stars
Who will emerge at Lucas Oil Stadium? Daniel Jeremiah identifies five prospects who could leave Indy with major momentum. READ
Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, Dimitroff reiterated that he’s once again open to trading up — this time from his sixth spot.
Dimitroff acknowledged that it’s easier to trade within the top half-dozen picks under the current collective-bargaining agreement, and this year’s draft is especially strong in the top 10 players.
With needs on both offensive and defensive lines, the Falcons are a potential landing spot for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Auburn tackle Greg Robinson and Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews.
Here’s what else we learned from Dimitroff on Friday:
» Asked by Around The League if he expected to work out contract extensions with Julio Jones and Roddy White before the 2014 season, Dimitroff said he will concentrate first on the draft and free agency. Gregg Rosenthal recently floated the idea of the Falcons surprisingly cutting White if he doesn’t agree to a restructured deal.
» Dimitroff offered a terse “No” when asked if he will attempt to talk Tony Gonzalez out of retirement.
On the latest edition of the “Around The League Podcast,” the guys speculate on big names who could be cut, then talk offseason forecasts for the Packers and Raiders.