2012 NFL Draft: 5 Mistakes Atlanta Falcons Can't Repeat in This Draft

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Mistakes Atlanta Falcons Can't Repeat in This Draft
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The 2012 NFL Draft is coming up shortly and the Atlanta Falcons will need to avoid some of the mistakes they made last year and in recent drafts.

Since Thomas Dimitroff came to Atlanta, the Falcons have had some pretty good draft classes. They have drafted key players like Matt Ryan, Curtis Lofton, Thomas DeCoud, Harry Douglas, Kroy Biermann, William Moore, Sean Weatherspoon and Julio Jones.

However, the Falcons have also drafted a few guys in top spots that have not played out quite as well as they would have hoped.

Atlanta spent money on some pretty high draft picks on guys like Sam Baker, Peria Jerry, Chevis Jackson and Mike Johnson, none of which have been the players the Falcons hoped they were getting.

The Falcons, like many other NFL teams, have been almost hit and miss on every one of their draft picks. We have not seen many late round gems from this team, and they have also given up a lot in past drafts.

The Falcons are one of the teams in the league that seem to be one good offseason away from a Super Bowl title. Atlanta thought they had that problem solved last year when they traded up to the sixth pick in the draft to grab Jones. However, the Falcons still have a ways to go before they can become a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

The Falcons need to avoid five mistakes that they have made in NFL Drafts in the past. Let's take a look at those mistakes.

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