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Man With a Plan

General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has selected 74 players since 2008. He has chosen players from 52 different colleges/universities over the last 10 drafts.

Dimitroff has selected five players from LSU since 2008 - the highest from any college/university.
Dimitroff has selected 47 players from Power 5 conferences.

Trading Wizard

Dimitroff has completed 13 draft day trades since becoming General Manager of the Falcons.

  • 2008 - Dimitroff dealt two second-round picks and a fourth-rounder to Washington in exchange for picks 21, 84 and 154. He used the first-round choice on offensive tackle Sam Baker, the third-rounder on wide receiver Harry Douglas and the fifth-round pick on defensive end Kroy Biermann.
  • 2009 - Dimitroff sent Atlanta’s fifth-rounder to the Cowboys for Dallas’ fifth-rounder, which was 13 spots back, and a seventh-round selection. The Falcons used those picks on offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds and defensive end Vance Walker
  • 2010 - Dimitroff dealt the Falcons’ fifth-rounder and one of their two sixth-round picks to the Rams to move up 14 spots in the fifth round. Atlanta used that selection on cornerback Dominique Franks
  • 2011 - Dimitroff pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Browns to land the No. 6 overall pick, which was used on star receiver Julio Jones. In exchange for that premium selection, Cleveland received two first-rounders, two fourth-rounders and a second-rounder.
  • 2011 - That same year, Dimitroff dealt a fifth-round choice and a seventh-rounder to move up 13 spots in the fifth. Atlanta used that selection on running back Jacquizz Rodgers.
  • 2012 - Dimitroff traded the No. 84 overall pick to Baltimore for the Nos. 91 and 164 selections. Atlanta used those picks on offensive tackle Lamar Holmes and defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi
  • 2013 - Dimitroff sent the 30th overall pick, along with a third- and sixth-rounder, to St. Louis in exchange for the No. 22 overall pick, which was used on Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant.
  • 2013 - Atlanta traded a fifth and a seventh to Chicago to move up 10 spots in the fifth round. Dimitroff used that selection to draft defensive end Stansly Maponga.
  • 2014 - Dimitroff dealt Atlanta’s sixth-rounder and one of three seventh-rounders to Minnesota for its fifth-round pick. The Falcons used that selection on linebacker Marquis Spruill.
  • 2015 - Dimitroff traded the Falcons’ fifth-rounder and sixth-rounder to Minnesota to move up nine spots in the fifth. Atlanta used that pick on defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.
  • 2016 - Traded the 50th overall pick for the Houston Texans 52nd and 195th overall picks in the 2016 NFL Draft to acquire LB Deion Jones (52nd overall) and G Wes Schweitzer (195th overall).
  • 2017 - Dimitroff traded the 31st, 95th, and 249th overall picks to move up five spots to pick DE Takk McKinley at 26th.
  • 2017 - Dimitroff completed his 13th draft day trade when he traded the 63rd overall pick to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the 75th, 149th, and 156th picks. With those picks Dimitroff selected Duke Riley, Damontae Kazee, and Brian Hill.

ESPN: GM Thomas Dimitroff: Falcons open for draft trade, as usual


Deep Drafts

GM Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons have a successful history of selecting players deep in the draft who go on to become key contributors to the team. In the last eight drafts, Atlanta has witnessed 51 players drafted in the second round or later compete in a combined 1,667 games.

Players listed are currently on the Falcons roster.

General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has drafted or signed nine current players that have made at least one Pro Bowl appearance. Those nine players have been to the Pro Bowl a combined 21 times. His draft selections have earned 16 trips to the Pro Bowl. Since Dimitroff's arrival in 2008, Falcons players (signed/traded for/drafted) have earned 37 trips to the Pro Bowl.

Franchise Cornerstones

The Falcons have utilized the NFL Draft as a means to develop the team for the future. Since 2008, only nine of Atlanta’s 74 draft picks have not seen action on the gridiron during the regular season. The Falcons have been particularly solid in drafting starters and key contributors with picks in the first three rounds under Dimitroff.

DE Takk McKinley (26th overall - 2017 Draft) played in all 16 games during his rookie season, and recorded six sacks - which was second on the franchise's rookie sack list and fourth among rookies last season.

S Keanu Neal (17th overall -2016 Draft) has recorded 218 total tackles (153 solo) in his two years with the Falcons. In 2017, he was selected to his first Pro Bowl after recording 113 total tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles, and six passes defensed.

LB Deion Jones (52nd overall - 2016 Draft) has led the team in tackles the past two seasons. Last season, he was selected to his first career Pro Bowl, after recording 138 total tackles and three interceptions. He also had 10 passes defensed.

Vic Beasley Jr. (8th overall pick in 2015) led the NFL with 15.5 sacks and added 39 tackles (32 solo), 15 quarterback hits, 10 tackles for loss, and six forced fumbles in 2016. He has been selected to one Pro Bowl and earned AP All-Pro honors for his breakout performance in 2016.

His 15.5 sacks are the second most by a Falcon in a single season since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Only John Abraham had more with 16.5 in 2008.

T Jake Matthews (6th overall pick in 2014) has started every game he's played in during his four year career (63 games). In 2016, he blocked for an offense that set a franchise record with 540 points and averaged 415.8 yards per game.

CB Desmond Trufant (22nd overall pick in 2013) has played in 72 games over his career with the Falcons. He has posted 242 total tackles, nine interceptions, 60 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and two touchdowns.

Named to his first Pro Bowl in 2015 after notching 43 tackles (35 solo) with one interception, one sack, and 11 passes defensed while starting all 16 games.

Julio Jones (6th overall in 2011 draft) has been a top receiver since entering the league. The five time Pro Bowler, two time All-Pro, has recorded 585 receptions for 9,054 yards. Jones is second on the franchise list in both receptions and receiving yards.

He recorded his second 300+ receiving yard game in his career last season.

QB Matt Ryan (drafted 3rd overall in 2008) set career-best marks in 2016, completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,944 yards with 38 touchdowns and a 117.1 passer rating. Those numbers led to Ryan winning the franchise's first NFL MVP award. Ryan owns the franchise record in passing yards, touchdowns, completions, and completion percentage.

Ryan extended his 200+ yards passing game streak to 64 games, which is a new NFL record.

History of the Pick

The Atlanta Falcons own the 26th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, marking the third time in team history the club will make a selection in that spot - selected DE Takk McKinley at 26th last year.

Atlanta traded up five spots to get the defensive end from Richmond, CA last year. McKinley had a solid rookie season, recording six sacks.

Only one player selected with the 26th overall pick has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (G Joe DeLamielleure - 1973). Additionally, 10 players have been first team All-Pro selections, and 21 players have been voted into one-or-more Pro Bowl games.

Several top draft picks by Dimitroff since 2008.
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