I left this response on Mr. Kumbi's Fanpost about Difference Makers and thought it might be an interesting FanPost in and of itself.
What does the evidence of the Falcons' offseason moves and their current needs suggest Dimitroff will do?
To begin with - I've concluded that the Falcons are not staying put at 6.
The only reasonable (by most falcoholics) move to make at 6 is to take an OT (although none of the tackle’s names rhyme with Six). But I believe Dimitroff is settled for now on the unit of current olinemen and has faith that Tice will coach ‘em up. He’s positive that they will be improved in their unit play – mostly because they could not be worse than last year. Also it's a popular notion that neither Mack or Clowney will be there at 6.
So that leaves up or down. Going up means giving up some quality picks. Moving down means gathering quality picks. He’s got his man, Pioli on the scene. Pioli, for all his reported faults, knows how to draft linemen/LBs and rarely feels the need to move up in the first because he’s confident in his ability to evaluate talent. The available Safeties are also not in the top 10 this year. Dimitroff can do fine spotting a good ’un at that position and knows we need one. Dimitroff has also already added players to the dline.
I have to think that as much as Dimitroff desires to move up to make the splash and grab the Big Name – I’m saying he moves down to grab a safety or Barr maybe. I say 2 defensive players in the first two picks. He gathers picks along the way and brings in a mess o’ talent.
And there was much rejoicing.
What do y'all make of the evidence so far?