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General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said Thursday at his pre-draft press conference the Falcons will welcome an NFL Network camera into the “war room” for portions of the draft.
There will be no sound and it will be a wide-angle shot, but fans can expect to see Dimitroff and other decision-makers at work starting with the No. 17 pick (leading up to the Falcons selection at No. 19).
There will be additional live air time around other Falcons selections.
Atlanta is one of four teams allowing such camera placement.
“I think you’re going to have to approach it, as NFL Network would like us to approach it, in a natural way,” Dimitroff said. “This business is entertainment. I think it’s very important and we’re prepared enough to deal with the element of distraction.
“It’s going to be very good for this organization to have the Atlanta Falcons logo (on camera).”
Dimitroff’s scouting and personnel resume includes time with some of the more secretive organizations in the sport — including the New England Patriots. Dimitroff, as a general manager, still plays things close to the vest but he admits teams need to realize the power of information and how it’s spread over the Internet.
Hence the draft room camera and special access for Falcons fans.
“I believe 15 or 20 years ago there was as stress on secrecy,” he said. “Now with the reality of information passing right now we have to have an understanding… We can’t be so laden with fear and paranoia that it’s affecting our decision making.”