The Falcons' stunning trade with Cleveland, in which they gave up a first-round pick -- among a lot of others -- to get from No. 27 to No. 6 overall in order to draft wide receiver Julio Jones, was an ambitious move that, more than anything, shows the Falcons are going for broke in 2011.
"Our expectation with this move is we believe Julio can come on to the football team and contribute from Day 1," Dimitroff told me Thursday night. "There are going to be growing pains like any rookie wide receiver. He's a true junior who is an incredibly competitive guy with a very hard-to-find skill set. He has a frame at 6-2, 220 and speed that's sub-4.4 (in the 40-yard dash).
"What he adds to our receiver group is an element of play-making explosiveness."