Grading every Atlanta Falcons OL pick under Thomas Dimitroff
2009 – Garrett Reynolds – University of North Carolina – Pick #156
Reynolds was just the second offensive lineman that Thomas Dimitroff ever drafted. The old school thinking of most general managers was that offensive lineman can be found anywhere and you address other areas with the meat of your draft.
In 2009, the Atlanta Falcons took Peria Jerry, William, Moore, Chris Owens, Lawrence Sidbury, and William Middleton all before they addressed the offensive line. Needless to say, other than William Moore, this entire draft was absolute trash.
2010 – Mike Johnson – University of Alabama – Pick # 98
Thomas Dimitroff and the Atlanta Falcons really thought that they had hit a home run with this two time All American tackle out of Alabama. He was part of Nick Saban’s first recruiting class at Alabama and helped them win a national title in 2009.
He would spend four years with the Falcons and only appeared in 18 games with one start. He was supposed to be the starting right tackle heading into the 2013 season but broke his leg in the preseason and never played another down of football.
2015 – Jake Rodgers – Eastern Washington – Pick #225
This is almost unfair to put a guy on this list when he was draft this low, however, when you are one of just 12 offensive linemen that a general manager chooses to draft, it means he saw something in him at that time.
Rodgers has bounced around to nine different teams over his first five years in the NFL and finally appeared in 14 games for the Denver Broncos.
2017 – Sean Harlow – Oregon State – Pick #136
Sean Harlow has spent offseasons with both the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts over his first two seasons. He has appeared in just one NFL game and that was in 2019 for the Falcons when he took one snap against the Panthers.