Falcons always looking to trade up or down in the draft

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has once again made it clear that he’s always open to trading up or down in the draft to get a guy he covets.

“I think anyone who is worth their position in this league as a team-builder who’s not open to considering moving back or moving up, to me, is short-selling themselves because that’s what the draft is about,” Dimitroff said via ESPN.com. “That’s what the activity, the exercise is about: it’s capitalizing on what is right for our organization, what is going to make our organization the best.

“If we deem on draft day that we think it’s best to move back and gain picks or move forward and land someone else, we will always consider that. I’ve said that time and again. I always want us, as an organization – me as a general manager and us as an organization – to be perceived as a group to pick up and call and make the offer and at least know that we’re open to discussion.”

Dimitroff isn’t worried about Jadeveon Clowney’s speeding tickets.

“No,” Dimitroff said when asked if Clowney’s tickets were a red flag. “When you’re talking about serious character issues and illegalities that pull at the fabric of the team, that’s where you run into a situation that you need to truly research. They are many things out there that can fall into that questionable category.”