Wait, what? Trade down? With the extremely aggressive Thomas Dimitroff at GM and the Falcons potentially wanting to trade up in the draft to secure somebody like Jadeveon Clowney. It would become evident that they either stay at pick 6 or trade up in the draft. However, trading down isn't exactly a bad idea for the Falcons. The Falcons obviously have to build the offensive and defensive line up in this draft and trading could help do that. But it's going to take time to do that. For the Falcons to be able to compete for Super Bowl in the coming years, they have to be able to win the war in the trenches. Atlanta has a strong nucleolus of players. They have the franchise quarterback, they have a star wide receiver, and they have the future of the defense with young players such as Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford, Paul Worrilow, etc. But what they obviously lacking is offensive and defensive lineman. Look at the 4 teams that are competing for a Super Bowl spot this weekend, how have they become dominate over the course of the season? There offensive and defensive line talent and depth. Obviously, all 4 teams have some of the best quarterbacks/offenses in the league, but they survive because of their offensive and defensive line. If Atlanta can find the necessary depth and talent on the offensive and defensive line this off season, I have no doubt that they will be in playoff contention and potential Super Bowl run.
The Trade: Atlanta trades their 6th pick and a 6th round pick 2015 with the Detriot Lions for their 1st round (10 and 2nd round (44).
I could see the Lions doing this for 2 reasons. 1: The Lions need a number 2 receiver and if Sammy Watkins falls to the 6th pick, then the Lions would be too eager not to take him. 2: Detroit's offense with Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford, Reggie Bush, and Sammy Watkins would become the most explosive offense in the NFL and would put them in playoff contention.
Round 1: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: It seems like every year there is a player that comes out of nowhere and becomes an early first round pick. Greg Robinson is that guy. Despite just being a RS SO, Robinson has made a name for himself these past few months on the Auburn football team. Robinson's greatest skill is his run blocking, Robinson is a true road grader, and it proved with him leading a offensive line that helped produce one of the top rushing offenses in college football. Robinson is still a little raw when it comes to protecting the passer, but he is certainly not bad. Robinson is only 21 years old and has immense upside to become on of the best tackles in the NFL.
Round 2: Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford: If you are going by height, weight, and speed prospective Murphy has it all. At 6'6 260+, Murphy is one of the most physically imposing players in the country. At Stanford, he became known for his excellent production (led the NCAA in sacks with 14 as well as 21.5 TFL) and his blue collar attitude. Murphy isn't exactly the most athletic pass rusher (which keeps him from being a top 10 selection), but this would still be a home run pick for Dimitroff. As Murphy is a perfect fit for Mike Nolan's defense and has the blue collar, hardworking attitude that Dimitroff loves in players.
Round 2: Austin Sefrian-Jenkins, TE, Washington: Jenkins is the perfect replacement for Tony Gonzalez. To be honest, Jenkins reminds me of the greatest tight end of all time (I'm not saying he will be better by any means) Jenkins has the size, the catching ability, and run blocking ability to be a great all around tight end at the NFL level. Jenkins isn't going to be Vernon Davis, in that he is not an extremely explosive tight end, but what he lacks in that area he makes up for it in catching. Jenkins has some of the best hands in the country. Jenkins really competes for the ball when it's in the air, and more times then not, he comes up with it. Jenkins is a classic 'move the chains' type tight end. Much like Gonzalez was in his career at Atlanta. He also provides a reliable red zone target. And teaming him up with Levine Toilolo, Atlanta would have an excellent pair of tight endsJenkins has gotten in trouble for a DUI back in 2013, but if it's any indication former Washington teammate and Atlanta Falcon Desmond Trufant stated that Jenkins made a mistake, and that he isn't that some person. However, for Atlanta to select him, he'll have to have some good interviews with teams.
Round 3: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State: Every time I look at another team's mocks I always see this name in their mock. Gabe Jackson is this years a Larry Warford (PFF offensive Rookie of the year). Jackson has a similar size and skill set that Warford had coming out of college. Jackson is a mauler and would really fit into Atlanta's power run scheme. He struggles in pass protecting at times, but it is nothing that can't be fixed. Gabe Jackson would probably immediately feel a hole at right guard.
Round 4: Dominque Easley, DE/DT, Florida: Easley is one of the best defensive lineman in the country when healthy, but the obvious concerns with the 2 ACL injuries are going to take him from being a potential 1st rounder to a day 3 selection. When healthy, he is one of the most explosive lineman in the draft. You also have to love the versatility that Easley brings to the table as he has played the 0,1,3, and 5 technique along the defensive line. Atlanta would love to have him in round 4
Round 5: Storm Johnson, RB, South Florida: Decided I needed to change this pick. Storm Johnson could be a potential steal here in round 5. Johnson runs with excellent power. He runs extremely hard, has good agility, and and has the ability to be an every down back. Johnson is a little inconsistent with his hands and doesn't have home run speed. But Johnson is an excellent back that the Falcons should take a serious look at.
Round 6: De'Anthony Thomas, OW, Oregon: Thomas is one of the most well known players in the entire draft. He has been deemed as one of the fastest, most explosive players in college football and it really showed his FR and SO years. His Junior year, however, the lofty expectations and injuries really caught up with him. That isn't to say that he is any different than Tavon Austin, who went at pick 8 in the 2013 draft. Thomas is one of the smoothest players I've ever seen on a speed, agility, and explosiveness level. Atlanta could really use a spark in the return game, and Thomas would offer that. Thomas could also be used as a beast on offense as someone that has the ability to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.
Round 7: Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida: Scouts though Lynch had the ability to be a 1st round draft pick before the season started, they were wrong, but it doesn't hurt Atlanta to take a chance on 6'6 270 pound extremely athletic defensive end out of South Florida.
Bonus mock Free Agency: Michael Johnson, DE, Bengals
Linval Joesph, DT, Giants