Offensive line play has been hit or miss under the direction of Thomas Dimitroff. He has definitely had a couple good picks up front since he arrived in 2008. Joe Hawley and Jake Matthews were hits, but that is it. Thomas Dimitroff has not had another good draft pick at OL in his 10 previous drafts.
That is not good and should be talked about more.
That brings us to the 2012 NFL Draft. The year prior, the Falcons gave up a lot, including their first pick in 2012, in order to draft Julio. I am still not mad at that trade, it has clearly worked out in our favor. However, that meant that Dimitroff had to hit on every pick in 2012. Instead he missed on every single draft pick in 2012.
Dimitroff spent the Falcons second round pick on Peter Konz out of Wisconsin and their round pick on tackle Lamar Holmes out of Southern Miss. The two spent three seasons in the NFL and never signed with other teams after the Falcons released them. Konz could never win the Guard or Center spot and Holmes was flat out terrible.
Who could the Falcons have drafted in the second round instead of Konz? How about two time pro-bowler and Super Bowl champion Kelechi Osemele, who has started 93 games at LG in his NFL career.
Oh what could have been.