Atlanta Falcons: Looking back at second round picks since 2008

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Thomas Dimitroff made great choices in his first four seasons with the second round selection. However, his first miss comes in the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2012 the Falcons select C Peter Konz out of Wisconsin with the 55th overall selection. When the Falcons selected Konz many people thought the Falcons were getting a steal, as many people did not think he would last that long in the draft.

This was not the case as Konz only played three seasons in the NFL. He started 25 games in 2012 and 2013 but played only seven games in 2014. To add insult to injury two Pro Bowl guards were selected after Konz in Kelechi Osemele and Brandon Brooks.

Konz was the first miss by Thomas Dimitroff for second round selections.

In 2015 Thomas Dimitroff misses again in the second round when he selected CB Jalen Collins out of LSU with the 42nd overall selection. The main knock on Collins was his off the field issues just like Ra’Shede Hageman. Collins also did not help himself on the field as he was burnt early and often. To his credit he was able to step up for the Falcons in 2016 after Desmond Trufant had a season ending injury and was a huge reason the Falcons were able to make it to the Super Bowl in 2016. Sadly, this would be the end of his Falcons career.

Collins recently signed a future contract with so hopefully he will be able to change his career around. The second round in 2014 and 2015 NFL Drafts were not kind to the Falcons.

However, this changes big time for the 2016 NFL Draft.