Falcons should consider trading back in draft

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
April 23, 2019 - 1:20 pm

The Atlanta Falcons hold the No. 14 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, now only two days away. While history has shown us Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff likes to move up in the draft, there may be more value in moving back. 

The Athletic Falcons reporter Jason Butt said if Atlanta can't manage to get DE Quinnen Williams, DT Ed Oliver or DE Montez Sweat, they should consider moving back.

"You've got to be mindful of these other teams, and what you've seen out there about liking a guy like (OL) Cody Ford," Butt said. "I think he's a guy that can wind up going a lot earlier than a lot of people expect."

Teams like the Houston Texans (No. 23), Carolina Panthers (No. 16) and Cincinnati Bengals (No. 11) have expressed interested in the offensive lineman out of Oklahoma. Ford has been mocked in the late teens in most draft predictions but Butt believes he may be more coveted than analysts are letting on.

But if Oliver or Sweat fall to No. 8, you could see the Falcons potentially make a phone call.

"I think if those guys are in the 6-8 range, I think if you're Atlanta you start picking up the phone...more so for Ed Oliver."