By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Atlanta Falcons may be very active on Thursday. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Falcons are ‘expected to be the most aggressive team in the draft.’
Mortensen also claims that the Falcons are working to get within the Top 5 of Thursday’s draft. Jeff Okudah, the top-ranked cornerback in the draft, will be the only cornerback, who has the chance to go in the Top 5.
The Detroit Lions are expected to be where the draft truly starts. The Lions are expected to be open to trading the pick if they do not use it to draft Okudah, or another player.
This would be the first-time in nine-years that the Falcons would make a massive trade to get an elite player. In April 2011, Atlanta made a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns.
The Falcons traded five draft picks to the Browns for their sixth overall pick. The package included the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, including the 59th overall pick and the 124th overall pick in that draft.
In addition, it included their first-round draft pick and their fourth-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jones has developed into a Top 5 wide receiver in the league. He has had 12,125 receiving yards in 126 games, including 125 games in nine seasons.
Okudah is expected to be a lockdown cornerback. If Atlanta is able to acquire him, he likely become an immediate starter.
According to OurLads, Jordan Miller and Isaiah Oliver are slated to be the team’s starters unless they draft Okudah.
With Okudah – if GM Thomas Dimitroff could pull the blockbuster deal off – the team would get an aggressive cornerback, who will bring a nasty presence to the defensive side of the ball, according to OurLads. He is also “ball-savvy” and will take the gamble to strip the ball when he needs to do so.
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