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The Falcons have other pressing needs to address - namely, a pass rusher and a free safety - but Dimitroff was stifled in his efforts to land another first-round pick. Still, he’s confident of landing more quality players in the second and third rounds Friday.

“We’re not going to be a team that just trades to trade,” he said.

Matthews will get a chance to face his cousin his very first year. The Falcons travel to Green Bay to meet the Packers and Clay III, a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker, in a Monday night game Dec. 8.

“I’m fired up about it,” Jake said. “Talking to my dad, some of his greatest memories in pro football were going against his brother. Clay is an All-Pro and a stud. It’s going to be a huge challenge. But I know that’s why Atlanta picked me. To go in and take care of the quarterback, take care of Matt Ryan. I’m going to go in and prove that I can.”

Speaking by video conference from New York, Matthews said he felt all along the Falcons would take him. He had an official visit and a private visit with the team, coming away impressed by Smith and his coaching staff. The Falcons clearly took a liking to Matthews, right down to his footwear.

He is partial to cowboy boots, which he donned with his suit for the draft.

Someone asked his shoe size.

“Fifteen Double-E,” Matthews replied, holding up the sole of his huge boot in front of the camera, blocking almost the entire screen. “Extra big.”


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