Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, with input from the personnel and coaching staffs, is putting the final touches on the team's draft board. Last week, the team had several players visit Flowery Branch for interviews, strategy sessions on the grease board and drills. The Falcons are allowed to have 30 players visit and they plan to use their full allotment. Also, they had about 35 players in for their "local day" Thursday. While most of the pre-draft focus is on what the Falcons will do with the 27th pick in the first round of the NFL draft, which will be held April 28-30, Dimitroff is bracing for the full seven rounds and the ensuing period of signing undrafted free agents. "That's why we put so much time and effort into combing all ends of the country in order to make sure we've done our research and our evaluations at every level," Dimitroff said. The Falcons have had some success in the later draft rounds under Dimitroff. Kroy Biermann, a starter at left defensive end last season, was a fifth-round pick in 2008. Defensive tackle Vance Walker, a rotational player, was a seventh-round pick from Georgia Tech in 2009. In the 2010 draft, safety Shann Schillinger, who was a key contributor on special teams before fracturing his ankle in the 15th game of the regular season, was drafted in the sixth round.
Dimitroff looking for some late bloomers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Apr 16