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What if the Falcons Do Something Crazy on Draft Day?

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk seems to think the Falcons could take a pretty unorthodox approach to get the player they really want on draft day.

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Perhaps you've heard that SportsRadio 610 in Houston, Texas, has reported that the Texans know which player they are targeting in the 2014 NFL Draft, with general manager Rick Smith stating that the team may trade down to acquire the player. SportsRadio 610 also indicated that the Falcons aren't a potential trade partner for Houston.

This is a little exasperating, simply because of myriad implications that Atlanta has great interest in trading up for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, a player who will definitely not be available when the Falcons are schedule to pick sixth overall. Of course, there are also reports floating around that the Falcons definitely don't want Clowney. Can the draft just hurry up and get here? The endless smokescreens are becoming a little tiresome.

Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk has a very--how can I put this politely? He has an interesting perspective on what might happen between the Falcons and the Texans on draft day. Florio is speculating that the Texans may be throwing water on the "Falcons trading up for Clowney" fire so that the two teams can work together on the most ridiculous draft scenario I've seen to date.

Florio suggests that, regardless of Rick Smith's statement about trading down, which seems to clearly indicate that Clowney is not their target, that Houston will stand pat and select Clowney with the first overall pick. Florio goes on to say that Atlanta may select the player Houston really wants at 6, and the two teams could then facilitate a player for player trade, with the Falcons likely throwing in some additional consideration to sweeten the deal.

And who might the Falcons select with the sixth overall pick? That would be quarterback Johnny Manziel, per Florio.


Is this a probable scenario? I don't think so. It seems like a lot of trouble when Houston could potentially get more out of a straight-up trade for draft position. I will say that this is the only scenario in which I would be comfortable hearing the phrase, "With the sixth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select Johnny F. Football."

What do you think about this scenario and the likelihood that it will actually happen on draft day?