2011 NFL Draft Results: Atlanta Falcons Draft News, Grades and Repercussions

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Atlanta Falcons Draft News, Grades and Repercussions
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The Atlanta Falcons went all in at the 2011 NFL Draft, selling the farm for the opportunity to draft Julio Jones sixth overall. Because of that move, the Falcons' remaining draft ability was limited.

They made some late-round selections, but most of the the buzz the team was able to produce was made by making the costly first-round trade.

The Falcons waited until their final seventh-round pick to even attempt to address defensive end—maybe the team's biggest need. Wide receiver was a close second, although it was apparently the team's view that it was No. 1. Reportedly, a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals for the fourth overall selection to pick A.J. Green fell through before the team struck up the deal with the Cleveland Browns.

The Falcons did pick up Jacquizz Rodgers, a running back they hope can ease the load on Michael Turner. But they also drafted a kicker and selected a middle linebacker, Akeem Dent, in the third round with Luke Stocker still on the board. The Tennessee tight end could have been groomed as Tony Gonzalez's replacement.

There are positives and negatives to Atlanta's draft. Here is the news and reactions to the Falcons' moves.

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