5 Trades The Atlanta Falcons Should Consider Before 2014 NFL Draft

Atlanta Falcons Potential Pre-Draft Trades

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The Falcons have been busy revamping their roster this offseason, but there are still opportunities for moves to be made. The team still needs to acquire more linemen on both sides of the ball, and integrating the 3-4 on defense means some of the current players on the roster aren't well suited for that scheme.

Here are 5 trades the Falcons should consider before the upcoming draft.

5. Osi Umenyiora, DE

Osi Umenyiora Trade
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5. Osi Umenyiora, DE

Osi Umenyiora Trade
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While past his prime, Umenyiora still picked up 7.5 sacks for the Falcons last season. The former New York Giant is better suited as a 4-3 defensive end, and with the Falcons making the transition to the 3-4, the team should put him on the market. Atlanta could acquire a mid-to-late-round pick in return that they can use to build depth along the offensive line.

4. William Moore, SS

William Moore Trade
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4. William Moore, SS

William Moore Trade
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Safety play was a major issue for the Falcons last season. The team already let go of Thomas DeCoud and could elect to totally clean house by trading away Moore. The former Missouri Tiger is a hard hitting strong safety still in the prime of his career. A new team could provide a fresh start for Moore and a fourth or fifth-round pick for the Falcons.

3. Corey Peters, DT

Corey Peters Trade
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3. Corey Peters, DT

Corey Peters Trade
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Peters finished second on the team last season with 5.0 sacks. Like Umeryiora, however, he is better suited in a 4-3 defense. Paul Soliai has already been brought in to anchor the middle of the defense, and Jonathan Babineaux and Peria Jerry can also play nose tackle. The Falcons probably couldn't get more than a sixth-round pick for Peters, but the team could use the pick to find a better fit for the new defensive scheme.

2. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB

Jacquizz Rodgers Trade
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2. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB

Jacquizz Rodgers Trade
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Rodgers has been a competent backup running back during his time in Atlanta, but he will never be the featured back in the offense. Antone Smith showed great promise in limited work last season and could flourish with Rodgers out of the rotation. Rodgers could be a valuable asset out of the backfield for another team, and the Falcons could get a late-round pick in return.

1. Trade Down in The First Round

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1. Trade Down in The First Round

Anthony Barr Trade
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With Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson and Khalil Mack all rising up the draft boards, there will likely be several first-round caliber QBs available when the Falcons go on the clock. The Falcons could swap picks with another team looking for a QB and get a future first or second round pick as well. They could still get a pass rusher like Anthony Barr this year and put themselves in great position in the 2015 draft.

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