Draft Grades Roll In for Falcons

Draft Grades Roll In for Falcons

Jay Adams

Published April 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Experts say you can’t truly judge a team’s draft until about three years after the picks are made. Of course, that doesn’t stop those same experts from releasing their draft grades the day after the selection process ends.

Here’s a look at some of the draft grades for the Falcons around the Web:

Mel Kiper, ESPN.com:

Thomas Dimitroff isn’t afraid to make aggressive moves on the draft board… The great get for Atlanta was a second-round double down, when the Falcons took another corner. Robert Alford was a CB I had rated higher than Darius Slay and David Amerson, so he was a steal on my board all the way down at No. 60.” Grade: B


Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff needed to do one thing in this year’s draft: improve Atlanta’s secondary. Otherwise, they had the freedom to get the best players available and build more depth. The Falcons addressed the secondary with their first two picks, taking cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford in Rounds 1 and 2. They rounded this out with two mid-round defensive ends, Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga, and a tight end, Levine Toilolo, in between.” Grade: A


The Falcons may receive universally mediocre draft “grades,” but there is a method to GM Thomas Dimitroff’s madness. Beyond day-one starter Trufant and 2014 hopeful Alford, Dimitroff targeted players for specific on-field roles. … Ultimately, Dimitroff wasn’t trying to load up on stars in this draft. He added role players to upgrade the bottom third of his roster.” Grade: C+

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com:

Give the Falcons a lot of credit. They wanted Trufant and went out and landed him. They are close and they needed a corner. It works.” Grade: B

Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

While taking the best-player-available strategy sounds good, I am a strong believer in teams identifying their own weaknesses and aggressively addressing them. This is precisely the route the Falcons took, nabbing two of the better cover corners in this draft in Washington’s Desmond Trufant in the first and Southeastern Louisiana’s Robert Alford in the third.” Grade: B


The Falcons absolutely had to find some help in the secondary, so they moved up for CB Desmond Trufant, then doubled down on Robert Alford. The move for Trufant did cost them a third-rounder, which left them taking a shot on DE Malliciah Goodman in Round 4. Sleeper here: QB Sean Renfree in the seventh” Grade: B

What’s your grade?

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