ATLANTA — Thomas Dimitroff is looking at more than just defensive ends as the Falcons' general manager considers his options for the first round of the NFL draft.
Sure, defensive end looks like a top need for the Falcons, who had only 31 sacks last season. John Abraham had 13 sacks, but he'll be 33 in two weeks.
There should be first-round talent at defensive end at the Falcons' No. 27 overall selection on Thursday night. Possible options to boost Atlanta's pass rush are Ohio State's Cameron Heyward and Georgia's Justin Houston.
Dimitroff stresses he's also looking for more explosiveness on offense. Kentucky's Randall Cobb and Maryland's Torrey Smith are receivers who could be available.
The Falcons also need more speed at running back behind Michael Turner.