Falcons Looking To Move Up In The 2020 NFL Draft To Take Edge Rusher
The Atlanta Falcons are tired of all the hoopla this off-season involving one of their division rivals in the NFC South. With the addition of Tom Brady and now Rob Gronkowski, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to propel themselves as the dominant team in the division.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff wants to put a stop to that by aggressively trying to trade up from the 16th pick to the second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft that takes place this Thursday. The Washington Redskins currently own that slot and have been slated to take Ohio State All-American defensive lineman, Chase Young. Ironically, that’s who the Falcons want on their defensive line as well.
FOX Sports NFL analyst Jay Glazer reported on the Falcons intentions on Wednesday.
Atlanta finished the season on a four-game winning streak that included a victory over the NFC Champion, San Francisco 49ers. The team could use a defensive presence like Young since they only had a total of 28 sacks on the year led by defensive tackle Grady Jarrett who finished with a team high 7.5. That total is significantly less than Young’s 16.5 sacks in 2019 with the Buckeyes.
If Dimitroff pulls off the big trade, it will be the second time he has done such a deal. He swapped Atlanta’s 27th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft with Cleveland for the number six pick to select wide receiver Julio Jones. The Browns also received the Falcons second (59) and fourth-rounder (124) along with their first and fourth-round selection in 2012.