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"I believe we definitely are (seeing more teams draft for need)," said Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. "Our approach is definitely need-based, but the caveat is that you have to be very cognizant and careful of not overreaching for a need."

This is an interesting quote from TD. It implies our draft pick will be based on the team's need, not BPA. If that is the case, expect a DT or OLB in the 1st round.

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http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d...mp;confirm=true

"I believe we definitely are (seeing more teams draft for need)," said Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. "Our approach is definitely need-based, but the caveat is that you have to be very cognizant and careful of not overreaching for a need."

This is an interesting quote from TD. It implies our draft pick will be based on the team's need, not BPA. If that is the case, expect a DT or OLB in the 1st round.

Or a DE, that is also a need, more specifically a pass rushing DE that can help in the base 4-3 defense as well as some 3-4 sets.

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http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d...mp;confirm=true

"I believe we definitely are (seeing more teams draft for need)," said Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. "Our approach is definitely need-based, but the caveat is that you have to be very cognizant and careful of not overreaching for a need."

This is an interesting quote from TD. It implies our draft pick will be based on the team's need, not BPA. If that is the case, expect a DT or OLB in the 1st round.

When drafting at the back end of each round, I would guess that we would take the BPA approach, of course with a keen eye on our roster needs. But I don't think you pass up the best offensive/defensive player just because you don't really need him. If you can use him and he perhaps make you better at a certain position, I believe you take him.

With the statement that he added at the end, I would say TD agrees.

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YOu coudl also say it woudl signal a willingness to trade down for more picks if you reach a certain spot and the BPA and player of need don't match.

Oh absolutely!! In my mock, I have one of two scenarios playing out...Falcons draft an offensive player at 24 or trade out of it. I feel the only way they stay there or perhaps even move up is if maybe a Brian Cushing, Larry English, or Rey Maualuga slips and they want to nab either of them.

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http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d...mp;confirm=true

"I believe we definitely are (seeing more teams draft for need)," said Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. "Our approach is definitely need-based, but the caveat is that you have to be very cognizant and careful of not overreaching for a need."

This is an interesting quote from TD. It implies our draft pick will be based on the team's need, not BPA. If that is the case, expect a DT or OLB in the 1st round.

He said that during his press conference the day he was hired. This was his approach from day 1 and is part of his and Smitty's "process".

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http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d...mp;confirm=true

"I believe we definitely are (seeing more teams draft for need)," said Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. "Our approach is definitely need-based, but the caveat is that you have to be very cognizant and careful of not overreaching for a need."

This is an interesting quote from TD. It implies our draft pick will be based on the team's need, not BPA. If that is the case, expect a DT or OLB in the 1st round.

This is nothing new, it has always been one of his draft mantras "needs based, scheme specific". Why would you draft on a best player avaliable basis at the top of the draft, does that mean that if Stafford for example fell to #24 we should draft him?

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