The Falcons made one of the more impressive trades in draft history in the 2011 draft. They traded up 21 to choose Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.
The Jones deal seemed to have worked out well for the Falcons. The question on everyone’s mind is with the Falcons eleven picks in this year’s draft, will they trade up once again in this year’s draft?
If there was one player worth trading up for it would be BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.
Ansah would be the one player that the Falcons could look to trade up for because he has the potential to be a cornerstone on the defense. He specifically fills a need at defensive end, despite adding Osi Umenyiora in free agency. Umenyiora is not a long-term answer at defensive end and that is something that the Falcons will be looking out for in this year’s draft.
Ansah may be a bit raw, but his athleticism almost outweighs any negative thing you have to say about him. His athleticism reminds us all of Jason Pierre Paul, who is one of the leagues top defensive ends.
It’s unlikely that the Falcons will trade up for Ansah since he will likely be a top 10 pick in this years draft. However, if trading up for Julio Jones in 2011 tells you anything, it’s that you never know.