About 10 weeks ago the NFL Draft was the furthest thing from my mind, but after an incredibly disappointing season I can't help but think about the only Silver Lining to losing- which is a high draft pick. I'm not sure if anyone else noticed, but over the weekend both the Buccaneers and Jaguars won their first game which means the Falcons are closer to having the number one pick. Now the Falcons would have to basically lose out the rest of the season to have a chance but the way they have played lately it wouldn't be the most shocking thing to happen. Also consider that the Falcons are playing the Bucs next , who have recently been playing better football (still a ways off from "good" football, but better) and the possibility of losing into the number 2 slot seems very real. There are other teams like the Vikings and Texans at 2-7 vying for draft position as well but those teams don't quite feel as incomplete as the Falcons, and I think they will finish with a better record.
Now before everyone grabs their pitchforks and accuses me of not being a real fan, I'm not advocating that the Falcons actively try and lose for the number 1 pick nor do I think they will give up on the season. But at this point the Falcons have regressed since the beginning of the season, where at least they were competing in games, to now where they're being blown out. There are quite a few positions where the Falcons can use a talent upgrade and the best way for the team to build is through the draft. I'm sure that if anyone talked to a Colts fan 3 years ago they must have been miserable suffering through that season without Peyton Manning, but if you were to ask them now they'd probably tell you it was the best thing for the team since it allowed them to reload their roster with talent and land their next franchise QB. The Falcons have the blessing of already having a franchise QB so if we were to land a pick as high as number one or two I honestly believe we could bring in enough talent to make us competitive again for many years.
So assuming the Falcons maintain there current level of play and end up with a top two pick Dimitroff would have a choice to make: to stay put and pick the best talent available or to trade down and stock-pile picks. By the time the draft comes around there are always QB's who shoot up draft boards whether it be a bowl game performance and a ridiculous combine or just something as simple as looking the part. Whatever the case if we have the #1 or #2 pick there WILL be a team trying to get our pick, all we have to do is wait for the highest bidder. I personally would like to see us stay where we're at and pick the best player available, unless a team is willing to offer what the Redskins gave the Rams to draft RGIII. However, trading down just feels an awful lot like something Dimitroff would do, and it would allow us to pick up multiple positions of need (assuming TD does his homework). I guess it comes down to what Dimitroff values more, quality or quantity. I personally would love to see the Falcons stay at where they're at and draft Jadaveon Clowney or a stud offensive tackle like Matthews or Lewan. What would you guys like to see the Falcons do?