Atlanta May Deal, Baltimore May Deal

Let’s just say you heard it here first, or second if you heard this somewhere else.  I have been talking to someone in Atlanta and it appears that the Falcons may be willing or wanting to deal to the 32nd spot with the Miami Dolphins.  The Ravens may too.

It is appearing that the Falcons will take a pass on Matt Ryan opting for a 2nd round QB instead.  Glenn Dorsey is now a likely target for the birds.  The Ravens however want Ryan and may talk to the Chiefs if Ryan does in fact fall past the Falcons.  The Chiefs would be inclined to take Ryan depending on what happens in front of them.  So if this plays out, the Chiefs would have Ryan if they could not work a deal out with the Ravens.  Leaving the Ravens choosing between Brohm or another position.  Suddenly, the Miami Dolphins are in an interesting position as I do not see the Ravens taking Brohm in the first round. 

After the first round is complete, teams with the same records begin rotating rounds.  The team that picks first in round 1 now moves to the last spot.  In the case of the Falcons however, they still pick in the 3rd slot because of the De’Angelo Hall trade with Oakland.  They also have two more 2nd round picks. 

The issue here is that after the Ravens pick in round 1 there are no teams that really need a quarterback which means that Brohm, Flacco, and Henne all could be at the top of round 2.  Atlanta by moving up and throwing out a 3rd as well could move up two slots, or they could send Miami their own 2nd rounder, pick 5, and their late 2nd rounder for the 32nd overall and still have the 3rd pick in the round.  A move that Bill Parcells may not frown upon.

The move would allow the Falcons to choose the QB they want, instead of wondering what a team like the Ravens may do if they too pass on a 1st round QB.  The Ravens could be interested in moving up as well.

Something to keep an eye on for sure, but it does appear that the 32nd pick may hold more value than the first overall.  If Jake Long is in fact taken in round 1, look for Miami to move the 1st pick in round 2 and gain more selections.   The real logic in this is traditionally the cost is higher to move back into round 1 and with the 32nd pick this year considered the 2nd round, the price is a bit cheaper for some of those teams at the top…thanks of course to the Patriots.

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  • Todd

    Given the depth of round 2 and a plethora of needs, that would be awesome for Miami.  We’re in a lucky spot!

  • spooneman

    I gotta admiit  that sounds very tempting. If we move pack with Atlanta in round 2 swaping 32 for 35 & 50. Giving us a grand total of 3 picks( 32, 58, 58) in the 2nd round! Hell, we could get another starter on the O-Line, WR, or CB if we can pull that off.

  • ravfanatic

    "and be inclined to take Brohm or another position"….let me just assure you that the Ravens are not considering Brohm at pick 8…nothing could be more foolish…..

  • Todd

    ravfanatic,  the article said nothing said about taking Brohm at pick 8.  It was merely an observation on who would be left in the draft for them to choose from if Ryan were off the boards.  Maybe you need to reread it before you insult someone.  The only one looking "foolish" is you. 

  • http://www.Phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Rav – What I said was that the Ravens would be left with a choice between Brohm or another position.  If you look at the mock draft I did, I dont have them taking Brohm.  In fact, I think they likely will pass on him if they cant trade up for Ryan and then move up in round 2 to get a QB.

  • Jim in DC

    Interesting. I feel we’ll be dealing with Atlanta, as well, but it’s more of a hunch than anything else. The only problem I have with giving up the #32 pick is if we want to use it on a QB. “Conventional wisdom” seems to think a lot of teams might be looking QB at the top of round two. If Miami likes Flacco or Henne or whoever more than the rest I’d rather they just take him at #32 rather than be stuck with leftovers of a weak QB crop. If they don’t intend to take a QB that high then I’m fine with it.

  • Todd

    I couldn’t see spending the #32 pick on another 2nd round QB 2 years in a row, especially since Miami doesn’t have a complete supporting cast for Beck yet.  Miami’s not in the position for another luxury.  I’d love to see Beck deserve the starting role with how hard he’s been working in the offspring.  He’s the kind of leadership you want on your team.   Flacco and Henne are still a risk at #32 (Miami needs more of a guaranteed player here), and Henne was severely underproductive this past year.  He was complemented by the talent of Manningham, Long, and Hart… yet he averaged 176 yards/game.  Even if we take J. Long first, I’d rather have another tackle at #32 over QB(Carl Nicks, Anthony Collins, or the athletic Duane Brown to:  A. Protect your investment in Ronnie Brown.  B.  Protect your investment in Beck and give him a chance to show what he can do with time to throw.  C.  More time allows #1 pick Ginn more opportunity to catch the ball.   C.  Maximize your investment with J Long.  Maybe our #1 $35 million pick, Long, is a much better right tackle than left tackle.  Having another top left tackle prospect would give Miami extra versatility on the line and allow Long to play where he can absolutely dominate the best.  Plus, Carey could then move inside.     I don’t have a problem with drafting a QB, but you omitted the best "prospect" whom we can pick up in the 3rd round: Josh Johnson.  He’s smart, a team-leader, has a QUICK release, runs a 4.4 40, and in 3 years at San Diego has 9700 yards passing,   68% completion…. and 113 TD’s vs 14 Int’s.  Last year had 43 TD’s vs 1 Int.  If he were at USC he’d be a first rounder.  Check out his practice video.   The best part is after we trade the first pick of the 3rd round for 2 third rounders, he’ll be a free-bee. http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingreports/qb/joshjohnson.html