Draft Buzz: Falcons Looking To Trade Up

Last week, we looked at five teams that could be interested in trading up in the first round of next week’s draft.

But it looks like we should add one more to the mix: the Atlanta Falcons.

According to SI.com’s Peter King, the Falcons are trying to trade up from the No. 30 spot. The obvious question is: Who are they targeting?

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com has identified two names: Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan and Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.

So how does this affect the Eagles? I’d be surprised if they were willing to drop all the way down to 30, but everything obviously depends on compensation. The Falcons have 11 picks overall, but four are in the seventh round. If you look at the old draft value chart, even if Atlanta offered all its selections to the Eagles, it still wouldn’t add up to the value of the No. 4 pick.

In the first three rounds, the Falcons have picks 30, 60 and 92.

But just because the Eagles might be unlikely to make a deal with the Falcons doesn’t mean they won’t be affected. A team like the Raiders (No. 3) could make a deal, potentially changing which prospects are off the board when the Birds are up.

Also, teams looking to move into the top five appear to have plenty of options. That will impact asking price.

The Eagles held a private workout with Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown, according to The Wichita Eagle. Brown (6-0, 241) is the brother of Eagles running back Bryce Brown. As Tommy Lawlor points out, he also played against Chip Kelly in the Fiesta Bowl last year.

Brown is projected to be a second-round pick and could even sneak into the first. The Eagles currently have inside linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. They need to add depth, but it’s probably unlikely that they’d do so early in the draft.

The Eagles are also showing interest in Florida defensive end Earl Okine, according to Aaron Wilson. Okine (6-6, 284) projects as a 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4. He could be a late-round pick or undrafted free agent.

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  • Geagle

    if Dions not on the board, as much as I like Star and Sheldon…I’m taking all that compensation, and a pick in 2014 and gladly drop back to 30(Cyprien,Hankins, possibly Tank)

    • Jmkrav

      Tank Carradine is a beast. But drafting a DE all depends on what Chip thinks of Curry. If they think he has a shot as a 5-Tech then they probably don’t draft a DE until the 3rd or later.

      • Geagle


      • Mostel

        Tank is a BUST due to the FSU bum training.

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      If Dions not there find a way to get star

      • http://www.facebook.com/todd.orange.1 Todd Orange

        I agree, I htink we can even drop back to live 7 (Arizona) and still get Star. THat would land us an additional 3rd round pick as well. Az will be lookng to trade up.

        • peteike

          love that idea, Star is best D player in draft imo and safest on that side of the ball. Also like trading back and getting picks so that right there is my ideal move.

          • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

            I agree, no 25 year old defensive tackle is worth a top 5 pick, Floyd is 5 years younger and just as disruptive, and I don’t think he’s worth a top 5 pick. You stand to get 6 years out of Star, and 10 out of Floyd. IMO to justify drafting another Defensive Tackle, who you expect to rival Cox’s production, the Eagles would have to trade back to between 10 and 15, Cox was pick 13.

          • Mostel

            Floyd is a BAD character guy. He’s a sellout that went to UF instead of Penn State. A player with no regional loyalty won’t put it on the line every Sunday.

          • theycallmerob

            um…really? That is the reasoning for why he is bad character? Can you blame the kid for wanting to get as far from “home” as possible? Hell, the loudest voice in his ear was screaming for him to go to South Carolina.
            If anything, Floyd is the archetype of “character” in a human being, let alone an athlete. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20130421_The_making_of_Sharrif_Floyd.html

  • cliff henny

    if considering dropping to 30, might as well go to 31, SF has alot more to offer. both will be drafting very late in ’14, so taking next yr’s picks wouldnt make ATL’s offer any better than SF’s

    • theycallmerob

      Love the idea. Either way, I hope we don’t go that far back…can’t envision a trade package worth such a steep tradeback

      • cliff henny

        sf can make it work our while. tough part is taking hit from 4-31, but they have kc’s 2nd, and another early 3rd, plus own 2nd and 3rds. say instead of fisher at 4, we get long, but pick up early 2nd 3rd and 4th, maybe howie deals our 2nd to buffalo for their 2nd at 41 (or close to it) and 4th…man, those players can fill in a lot of holes.

        • CJ

          or you can take a 3rd and move back up from there. 31 + our 3rd can get us back up to 20 or so, a couple later picks or both 3s could push that even a little higher.

          I like the thought of picking back to back right at the top of the 2nd though, I’d try to hang on to those.

          • cliff henny

            yup, really the scenerios are endless(and fun to discuss). eagles surprise me every year, but one thing i can count on, howie wont be sitting on his hands watching players he wants fly byebye

        • theycallmerob

          True, true…thanks for the “research”. When I see those #’s, it makes more sense.

          • cliff henny

            at one point i knew every # pick SF had for my trade scenerio, but too many number floating around. i dont know how some of these guys keep tract of all these players either, actually quite impressive.

  • Andy

    If the Falcons don’t have enough firepower with all their picks to trade up to #4, I can’t see them trading up to #3. Although it is the Raiders!

    I could see Atlanta trading up if one of the guys they really like (like Milliner) slips to 10-15, like what the Eagles did last year to get Fletcher Cox. I doubt they have ambitions to move up into the top 5.

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      Logically it seems to be a good deal moving down to acquire more picks. That’s how you stack a team with talent and depth, However, the Eagles have neither on this roster after following that very strategy. That suggest they’ve not done very well with draft picks and chances are the more picks they acquire the more opportunities they have to screw them up in this draft.

      Howie has his sticky mitts on several eagles recent flops from the draft and personnel moves and, there’s nothing to suggest he’s going to do or get any better. I’m impressed with the selection of Fletcher Cox, but expecting the Eagles to hit it big two years straight. Well it’s possible, but unlikely.

      I’ve seen enough draft disasters from the Eagles over the last 40 years. If they don’t take one of the tackles this draft is going to be another wasted opportunity. Maybe if Gamble has any influence, there’s hope. I just would not bet on Roseman coming up roses. If by chance the do move back, it should be between 10 and 15 and come away with Floyd, or Star. and the compensation can’t be short of anything less than a High 2nd and 3rd.

      If the Eagles don’t find a Tackles, any ankle injury during the season on the line will again doom the Eagles in 2013.

      • PhEaglesPhan

        The more I read your stuff Dutch, the more I like you. Keep up the great comments!

  • jon h

    still love Milliner, but don’t think he’s in the cards for us. I can see Rex Ryan picking him and getting royally booed by Jets fans, though.

  • Richard Colton

    Ehhh. I hate it. What’s moving me off #4? #30, #60, #90 and next year’s #1. Even then, I’m not 100% sold. Atlanta thinks it found the secret to the draft – move up and take a guy you’re convinced will be a star. It worked for them with Julio Jones. So now, like a gambler who doesn’t know when to walk away from the table, they keep pushing.

    When it’s Julio Jones, five for one is a good deal. When it’s Von Hayes…

    • Gary

      Well said. Exactly what I was thinking.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    I’d trade our four for their first and second this year and first and second next year. I’d load up on picks for next year so we can have lots of ammo to get a quality QB.

  • Mostel

    If Atlanta includes their 2014 and/or 2015 first round picks in the deal, the Eagles could be more able to do a deal. That might give us enough ammo to get Teddy Bridgewater in next year’s draft.

  • Mostel

    The Eagles best trade down buddy would be Arizona. There would still be a ton of talent on the board @ #7 and we’d pick up and extra #2 in the process. There would be an outside chance Lane Johnson would still be there @ #7. With the two #2 picks we could add an Eric Reid, Cyprien, Poyer, Ertz, etc.
    Even without trading down, Fischer @ #4 and one guy out of Reid, Cyrpien, or Ertz would be awesome with the pick in the 2nd round.
    I just want to see them add parts on D that have skills and parts on O that fuel a real NFL system, not any read-option JV BS.