The Atlanta Falcons came into the draft with eleven picks. I was positive that we would not take eleven players in this draft and it turns out that due to trading up twice we only chose eight players. Football Perspective took a look at every draft day trade and here is what they had to say about the Falcons two trades (click on the links for a more detailed analysis)…
|Winner: St. Louis lost a lot of value in moving up to get Austin, but did a great job recouping draft capital in this deal. The Rams selected linebacker Alec Ogletree at 30, another strong player who would have made sense for the team at 22.|
|Winner: Atlanta, as they gave up little to move up 10 spots for the player they wanted. Both charts thought the Bears didn’t get much back. One footnote worth reading: With that throwaway seventh round pick from Atlanta, Chicago drafted Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson, a potential steal. Wilson feuded with new head coach Mike Leach in 2012 and eventually left the team, but he caught 82 passes for 1,388 yards and 12 scores as a sophomore in 2011.|
Ultimately, we won't know who "won" these trades until these players get on the field and actually play a sport called football but it's an interesting read nonetheless.