General manager Thomas Dimitroff once again showed his fearlessness by moving up eight picks to grab his desired desired player.
In recent years, the Atlanta Falcons have become known as a team that does not like to stay at their starting position in the draft, always trying to find ways of moving up the board in order to grab their most wanted man.
Once again that happened this year, as the Falcons moved up eight picks from their spot at number 30, to select cornerback Desmond Trufant at 22, using the St Louis Rams’ second first round pick.
Once again it was another bold move by Thomas Dimitroff, and a sign of intent that he will do all in his power to acquire the player he wants, and he has the ability to pull of these trades with relative ease.
The Falcons gave up their first, third and sixth round picks in order to draft the Washington standout, and believe he is the answer to the team’s secondary issues, and the final piece to their Super Bowl puzzle.
This trade was just one of five that took place on the opening day of the draft, and with the rookie salary cap considerably lower under the new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), the financial risk of moving up on the draft is considerably lower, and so trades are becoming more common early on in the first round.