Several posts over the last few weeks have been discussing the Falcons' option for the draft. When discussing first rounders, many of the comments fit this template: "I like ______ at 27, but if he's not there then we might as well trade back later in the 1st or early in the 2nd." Why is everyone so content to trade back? From the little history we have from TD, we know that he goes up to get his man. Granted, he's only traded up once to get Baker. However, by trading a 2nd for TG and also grabbing late-round targets early - at least, according to the opinions of talking heads - TD continues to show that he is going to get his guy.
Therefore, I think that it is much more likely that we see the Falcons move up to grab one of their first-round targets, especially if there's a run on DEs. Obviously, I'm not talking about getting into the top 10 picks, but I could see the late teens, and especially the early twenties being available if TD feels it is unlikely that a target is going to be there at 27.
So, don't assume that just because the stock of players like Kerrigan and other DEs are rising that it means they won't end up with the Falcons, or that the Falcons will be resigned to move back.
Comments? What would we have to give up to move up 5 spots? 10 spots? Would it be a pick that would make-or-break this team? Does the value of the first-rounder mitigate the giving up of a mid-rounder?
Love to get some discussion going about this.