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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Falcons open to trading up in draft

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The Atlanta Falcons are open to trading up in this year's NFL draft, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Falcons, who own the No. 6 overall selection, are the first known team willing to move up via a trade this year, according to sources.

Following three consecutive playoff berths and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game after the 2012 season, Atlanta struggled to a 4-12 record in 2013, the franchise's first losing season under coach Mike Smith.

The Falcons aggressively rebuilt their offensive and defensive lines this offseason, re-signing Jonathan Babineaux, Peria Jerry and Joe Hawley while adding free agents Jon Asamoah, Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson.

The Falcons already have proven that they are willing to make bold draft-day trades in order to move up. Atlanta traded away five draft picks to the Cleveland Browns in 2011, when they moved up 21 spots to take star wide receiver Julio Jones with the No. 6 overall selection.