With the NFL draft only a few days away, the rumor mill is running at maximum capacity. The only thing fans really know for sure is that the team wants to land a top pass rusher.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter had the following to say this morning, suggesting Trader Thomas is itching to make a move.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Falcons will consider trading up to try and land Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who was recruited by head coach Dan Quinn and played two seasons for him in Gainesville, Fla.
Fans have been clamoring for Vic Beasley, but Fowler has the clear connection to Quinn and is more well-rounded than the Clemson pass rusher. Based on the article, the Falcons are not interested in selecting Nebraska's Randy Gregory.
It is unclear if the Falcons are determined to trade up or if they are simply testing the waters. However, Fowler is the only player mentioned regarding a potential trade up, suggesting they do not see any other player worthy of trading up for.
Ledbetter suggests the Oakland Raiders, picking fourth overall, as a likely trade target. Assuming the Jacksonville Jaguars do not select Fowler, he looks to be available at that point. The Raiders have previously made reasonably priced trade downs, such as with the Dolphins in 2013. If their player should be available a few spots later, the compensation should not be prohibitive.
Thoughts on trading up for Fowler?