Atlanta Falcons: Grading the past four first-round draft picks
The Atlanta Falcons have drafted very well in the first-round over the past five years.
You can say all you want about Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff — he’s far from perfect. Yet when it comes to selecting players in the first round, he’s got a good strike rate.
In the first-round, you need a player who can help the team out from day one. You hope this player can become a Pro Bowler, or at the very least a key member of the roster. For many teams, early draft picks don’t live up to expectations and this holds back the franchise. Dimitroff and the Falcons have been able to find some stars on day one.
In the past two classes, Atlanta has owned a high draft pick which certainly helps. But even when they haven’t picked in the top-ten, Dimitroff has made a strong pick. Let’s take a look back over the past four first-round draft choices made by Dimitroff.
Note: The Falcons didn’t have a first-round pick in 2012 due to the Julio Jones trade in 2011.