FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff mentioned the idea last week when he met with the media for his annual pre-draft press conference. Atlanta wasn’t going to sit on its hands; if the opportunity arose the team could move up in the first round, maybe even to the 19-to-low-20s range.

He also mentioned that he expected many “knocks on the door” from teams drafting high in the second round, but the sex appeal of trading up has everyone in a frenzy. The NFL analyst Ian Rapoport added fuel to the flame Thursday.

As is typical during draft season, we’re talking rumors, possibly even hyperbole or innuendo. But when “rumor” turns into multiple reports and those turn into screaming whispers… where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Could the Falcons move up from No. 31 higher into the first round? It’s kind of in their DNA. It’s even possible the team’s maneuvering with multiple offers in unique situations. Could Atlanta climb to get a guard; a position of need? What about a pass-rusher?

Right now it’s sit and wait… and keep out ear to the ground.


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