Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams celebrates after a sack against Georgia in the SEC championship game.

Should Falcons fly up to No. 3 to get Williams or Oliver? 

Report: Jets are looking to move out of spot 

Like death and taxes, one thing is certain about the coming NFL draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday in Nashville.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is going to make a trade. He’s made at least one trade in each of his past 10 drafts.

CLICK HERE to look at Dimitroff’s trading record.

His biggest deal was the one when he jetted up 21 spots from 27 to 6 to get in position to draft wide receiver Julio Jones.

The Jets, who need a pass rusher, are trying to dump the third pick in the draft, according to a report by highly respected New York writer Ralph Vacchiano. 

Here’s what he wrote: 

“According to multiple NFL sources, the Jets seem "determined" to trade down in the first round of the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday in Nashville. Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has made it clear several times that he's "open" to the idea, though he may be downplaying just how open to it he actually is.

"They seem to really, really want to move down," said one NFL executive. "Maybe they're just keeping their options open, but it sure seems like that No. 3 pick is for sale."

If the Falcons move up to No. 3, they could add Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams or Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

On the draft trade value chart, the Jets pick is worth 2,200 points. The Falcons’ pick is worth 1,110 points. The Falcons would have to swap their first, second, third and next year’s second to make up the 1,100 points. 

They would leave the Falcons with two fourth-round picks, two fifths, sixth and a seventh. 

“I think 14 is a really great place to be,” Dimitroff said Thursday. “I think it gives you opportunities (to move) up and down. Last year, we were dabbling into discussions right in the middle of the round. It’s kind of a ripe place for discussion. You’re giving away a lot to move up in to the tens, the top 10 for sure.”

Would that be worth it to get Williams or Oliver? 


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D. Orlando Ledbetter
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