Former Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff weighs in on 4th overall pick

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On the Rich Eisen Show, former Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was asked what he would do with the fourth overall pick. Justin Fields would be his choice.

The waning years of Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff were full of moves that infuriated the fan base. Going from Kyle Shanahan to Steve Sarkisian to Dirk Koetter was always going to be a fireable offense. Just to name a few — “fixing” the offensive line never came to fruition, allowing Dirk Koetter to hang around, every edge defender drafted, Todd Gurley, the Dante Fowler contract, and not trading Takkarist McKinley.

A few weeks ago, Dimitroff went on the NFL Rhodes Show with Lindsey Rhodes to say he wouldn’t have made the Julio Jones trade six years later. Atlanta has won the trade by default given Cleveland’s former incompetence, but the team gave up five picks for a wide receiver. While Jones has been extremely impactful, five picks is a lot to give up for a non-quarterback.

It is just another example of Dimitroff trying to get his name back out there among the NFL talking heads, whether that be for a job in the media or back in a front office. Eisen just asked for his opinion, and it is a valid one. As a general manager, the goal is never to be picking in this area of the draft again, so taking advantage of your position is smart. With such an insanely talented crop of high-end quarterbacks, there would be no time better than right now to take Matt Ryan’s successor. It will be interesting to see where Dimitroff lands if he decides he wants to get back into the NFL or whichever path he decides.


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