Dimitroff Happy With Talent Available in Draft

Dimitroff Happy With Talent Available in Draft

Jay Adams

Published February 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Less than 24 hours after the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine came to a close, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is already back in Flowery Branch, hard at work breaking down the numbers and figures from more than 300 players that worked out in Indianapolis over the weekend and early part of this week.

Sitting at No. 30 overall in the first round, Dimitroff told AtlantaFalcons.com on Wednesday morning that he’s quite content with the type of players that will be around on the board when the Falcons go on the clock after seeing what this year’s draft class has to offer at the Combine.

“Normally when you go into a Combine and you’re assessing the draft and you’re sitting at the back end of the draft, i.e. 30 like we are, you wonder who you’re going to pick at 30 and you wonder what type of talent will be there at 30,” Dimitroff said. “And I will say that this year, there will be a very good football player at the back end of that first round. I’m excited about the depth of this first round. There may not be a huge ‘wow’ factor overall from the standpoint of players that are worthy of jumping up 21 spots to pick, but I will say that there are some very good football players and that’s where it’s a good place to be at 30.”

Even without that “wow” factor among this year’s class, Dimitroff sees it as very deep, from top to bottom, meaning he expects the Falcons can find good value not just at 30 overall, but into the middle and later rounds, as well.

With the Falcons’ current situation with the level of talent already on the roster and other circumstances that come into play during the free agency period, Dimitroff said the Falcons — like many other teams in the league — are focused more on roster maintenance as opposed to a roster overhaul.

“That’s just the way that it is,” Dimitroff said. “With the money the way it is right now, you have to be very mindful of having those young guys, those middle-round guys that you’re truly going to focus on developing — that’s huge in this league right now. Coaching staffs have to be mindful of developing for roster maintenence. That said, I think this year’s draft, I think there are some solid core guys in the mid rounds.”

In the immediate future, a good chunk of Dimitroff’s time will be spent sitting down and pouring over tape with Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital as the two will break down all aspects of players they’ve targeted from the Combine.

While there’s plenty Dimitroff, Vital and the scouting staff can see during the four days of workouts in Indianapolis, the real critique happens in the weeks after when they can sit down and really delve into what they saw live and what they saw on tape to determine what more they need to learn about certain players before trying to nail it down to a few targets.

“We are analyzing every one of the players on film where we’re able to actually rewind the video time and again to analyze their movement, take their numbers into consideration, take their interview information into consideration, take the medical into consideration, and we’re bringing it together in one full package to categorize that player,” Dimitroff said. “As I mentioned before, we don’t necessarily move someone up or down based on the Combine information and numbers, but we do adjust.”

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