Atlanta Falcons: Trading back in the first round is best for business
There could be several gems at the end of the first round
Not only is it a plus to pick up a couple of extra draft picks by trading down, but there are also some really good value picks who are currently late first-round projections. Instead of reaching for a guy at pick 17, trading down to draft someone who better fits their value is well worth it.
Trading in the NFL draft is an art form. The value of trading back especially in the first round will likely give your team an extra second-round pick and likely a fifth or sixth-round pick on top of that. This would take the Falcons from five picks in the draft to seven which sounds much more respectable.
Your question may be, who would the Falcons trade back for? Well, here’s your answer. There are five players who could potentially be late first-round gems and they are as followed.
- Emmanuel Ogbah – DE – Oklahoma State
- Leonard Floyd – OLB – UGA
- Kevin Dodd – DE – Clemson
- Noah Spence – DE – Eastern Kentucky
All four of those players are pretty much a lock to go at least 20th or lower so there is plenty of value in trading down in this years’ draft if you’re the Falcons. General manager Thomas Dimitroff has never traded back since taking over draft duties back in 2008 but if there was ever a year to do it, it’s this year.