The Atlanta Falcons – who hold the No. 30 overall selection
in the upcoming NFL Draft – are attempting to trade up for a higher pick in the
first round, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated.
Hearing the Falcons are trying to trade up from number 30 in the first round, and not, obviously, for a quarterback.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) April 17, 2013
King adds that the team is obviously not interested in
adding a quarterback in the first round, given the presence of Matt Ryan.
At this point, the Falcons biggest needs are cornerback and
defensive end. They lost cornerback Brent Grimes to free agency and cut veteran
defensive end John Abraham.
There have been rumors that the Falcons are hoping to move
up in the draft to snag a cornerback. While the reports have surrounded
cornerbacks, this year’s draft would appear to have more to offer in the way of
Atlanta has shown its willingness to trade up aggressively in
the draft if it targets a player. They did just that when they shipped out a
bevy of picks for the right to draft wide receiver Julio Jones.
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