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Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jeff Schultz

"I was wrong about Dimitroff. He's not conservative. He rolled the dice and made a move that, while expensive, was a risk worth taking. The Falcons dealt a boatload of draft picks to Cleveland Thursday night to jump up 27th to sixth in the first round... It doesn't fix the defense? But it enables the Falcons to open up the offense and take over games when they couldn't in the past." Click here to read the full column

Sports Illustrated's Peter King

"The Julio Jones trade was a perfect storm of two bold young general managers trying to do something that made inordinate sense for each team. ... I love it for both teams. Cleveland has six or eight major holes all over the field and acquired three top-60 picks and two in the fourth round to address them. In Matt Ryan's career, Atlanta may never be in position to draft a 6-foot-4, 223-pound wideout who runs a 4.38-second 40 and blocks like a poor man's Hines Ward." Click here to read the full column's Don Banks

"Speaking of scrutiny, Atlanta gave up a ton-and-a-half of draft currency to move up 21 spots to No. 6 and take Alabama's Jones. And I love it. You need to have some conviction in this draft business, and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is in no short supply of either belief in his own judgment or a sense of moxie. ... I give Dimitroff credit for going all in, and rolling the dice on a player he believes will help Atlanta reach elite status." Click here to read the full column's Will Brinson

"... It could work out for both sides, and the Browns may end up with the last pick of the first round next year. But that's cool -- they'll appreciate having a pair of first-rounders and the Falcons will appreciate winning a Super Bowl. Of course, that's probably a stretch. But the Falcons do have to win the NFC South in 2011 if they want to justify this move." Click here to read the full column

Dave Choate, The Falcoholic

"The Atlanta Falcons sent a powerful message with last night's huge trade. They want to win, and they want to win now. ... Ultimately, my stance is exactly the same as it was last night. The Falcons gave up a lot more than I would have liked, but Jones is an elite option and arguably the best offensive fit for the Falcons of anyone in the draft. I love the pick, but not what the team had to give up to get it. I'm going to wait to judge this until we see what Jones can do, but for now, I'm thrilled to welcome him to the Atlanta Falcons. Click here to read the full column

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