Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said last week that he felt the depth of this draft was its strength, giving him the ability to land future starters and difference-makers in later rounds as well as the first. With 11 picks in this year’s draft, Dimitroff has the stockpile to make a move up or down in many of the rounds.
“We’re going to be active and active can be up, down or around, but we’re definitely looking to continue to bolster this roster,” Dimitroff said. “We believe there are still places on the roster that we can continue to build up in order to help us achieve that ultimate goal that we want here.”
Dimitroff’s got the track record of delivering roster-bolstering draft picks. Since his first season in Atlanta in 2008, He’s drafted 32 players in the second round or later and they’ve gone on to compete in 905 games. Of the 38 players he’s drafted in all rounds since ’08, 13 of them are projected to be starters in 2013.
But it’s the middle rounds where Dimitroff sets himself apart. He found starting G/C
He’s landed three starters in the third round rounds in
In the fourth round in 2010, Dimitroff selected
Dimitroff found punter
It’s also important to point out that Dimitroff is using team resources to re-sign many of these middle-round draft picks. Douglas, Biermann and DeCoud returned to the team last season, signing new deals after their rookie contracts expired. Moore and Reynolds were re-signed by the Falcons during this offseason.
Since 2008, only nine of Atlanta’s 38 picks have not seen action on the field during the regular season.