Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff weighed in on drafting risky players. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons may be willing to take a risk on a prospect with potential character concerns in the NFL draft later this month.

Speaking on Thursday about Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and other red-flagged prospects, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, according to Knox Bardeen of CBS Atlanta.

However, Dimitroff wouldn’t commit to Mixon specifically still being on the team’s draft board, per Alex Glaze of 11Alive.

The defending NFC champion Falcons have a pick at the end of the first round (where we’ve heard whispers that Mixon may actually be in play) as well as at the end of the second. 

While Dimitroff’s statement may just be a general one about keeping an open mind heading into the draft, Atlanta does have starting running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman coming off their team-friendly deals fairly soon. As such, it’s at least notable that they are more receptive to those players with character issues than some other teams are.

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This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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