Dimitroff ready for draft day dealing
by Paul Newberry
Associated Press Sports Writer
April 23, 2013 01:26 AM | 965 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FLOWERY BRANCH — Trader Thomas. The Gambler. Monty Hall Jr.

Whatever you want to call him, Thomas Dimitroff clearly relishes his reputation on draft day.

The general manager of the Atlanta Falcons is always ready to make a deal.

This year is no different.

Dimitroff is positioned for another busy draft, holding the 30th overall pick and plenty of extra selections in the later rounds to restock the roster of a team that came up just one win shy of the Super Bowl last season.

“We’re going to be active,” Dimitroff vowed. “Now, active might be up, down or around. But we’re definitely looking to continue bolstering this roster. There’s still places on the roster we can continue to build up in order to help us achieve the ultimate goal we want here.”

The Falcons, once a perennial doormat, have become one of the NFL’s winningest franchises since Dimitroff took over as GM and Mike Smith was hired as coach in 2008. Under that duo, Atlanta has put together five straight winning seasons, four playoff appearances and two division titles.

Last season, the Falcons came tantalizingly close to the second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, losing at home to San Francisco in the NFC championship game.

For the Falcons, a bitter disappointment.

For Dimitroff, the chance to start remaking the roster.

He’s certainly shown a willingness to pull off bold moves, most notably in 2011 when he put together a huge package for the chance to draft receiver Julio Jones. While some thought the Falcons overpaid, it’s hard to argue with how it turned out — Jones made the Pro Bowl in just his second season.

Since then, Dimitroff has gotten plenty of calls wondering if he’s ready to make another blockbuster.

“I like that people are open to giving us a ring on potential deals,” he said with a sly grin. “It’s just about doing the right thing for this organization.”

The Falcons have a total of 11 picks over the three-day, seven-round draft, which begins Thursday night.

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