The Atlanta Falcons will have some interesting choices to make when the 2013 NFL Draft rolls around. A retiring superstar and shifting dynamics on both sides of the ball will create some rather unique draft needs. The Falcons will be picking late in rounds, which only serves to limit their choices.
Atlanta will rely on general manager Thomas Dimitroff to make the most of each pick. Dimitroff, a former scout, is known to go against the grain when valuing draft prospects. This makes predicting his choices a little more difficult than looking at general draft rankings.
Since Dimitroff has been at the helm in Atlanta, he has shown a taste for characteristics that cannot be measured at the combine. Versatility, toughness and intelligence are as important as 40-yard dash times.
Here are five draft picks that fit the Falcons’ needs and Dimitroff’s standards.