The Atlanta Falcons fail to move up in the 2020 NFL Draft and all but ensure that this will be the last draft that Thomas Dimitroff will be in charge of the general manager of the Falcons.
As the first round of the 2020 NFL inched closer and closer to the 16th pick, Atlanta Falcons fans watched once again as every pick they envisioned wearing the newly released uniforms being taken by teams and no moves being made.
After back to back 7-9 seasons and the careers of quarterback Matt Ryan and Julio Jones on the back nine, Falcons nation was hoping to see Thomas Dimitroff pull of a Jones-type trade and select someone like Isaiah Simmons, Jeffrey Okudah, Javon Kinlaw, Derrick Brown, Javon Kinlaw or C.J. Henderson.
Instead, all of those players were taken in the picks leading up to the Falcons spot at 16. While the Atlanta Falcons did get a good pick with Clemson’s A.J. Terrell, once again it left fans speechless and wondering whether or not Thomas Dimitroff actually understands the NFL and what his job is.
A defensive line that would have featured Donte Fowler, Grady Jarrett, Javon Kinlaw, Tyeler Davison, and Takk McKinley is one that would have seen the Atlanta Falcons go from 28 sacks in 2019 to a substantial increase and helped lead the way back to the playoffs.
Both Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn have jobs on the line in 2020 and one would have thought with that much at stake, that this team would have made a splash in the draft to ensure the team actually improved.
Not to take anything away from Terrell, there is no doubt that he will help the Falcons in the future, but he is more of a year two starter and will not have much of an impact on the defense is 2020.