Falcons Get Four Additional Draft Picks

Yesterday, the NFL played Santa Claus and gave out compensatory draft picks. Sixteen teams were given a total of 32 compensatory draft picks. The Falcons, along with the Baltimore Ravens, were given a league high four draft picks.

The Falcons received one fourth round pick (pick #133) as compensation for Curtis Lofton and three seventh round picks (#243, #244 and #249) as compensation for Kelvin Hayden, James Sanders and Eric Weems. This increases the total number of draft picks the Falcons have from seven to eleven. Compensatory draft picks cannot be traded but getting so many could give Thomas Dimitroff some leeway to package some picks and move around in the draft.

What does getting these four picks mean for the Falcons? Let's take a quick look at some of the recent picks the Falcons have made in the rounds they will be receiving these compensatory picks:


Recent Fourth Round Picks

2010- Joe Hawley (Falcons did not have a 4th round pick in 2011 or 2012)

2009- Lawrence Sidbury

2007- Stephen Nicholas

2007- Martrez Milner


Recent Seventh Round Picks

2012- Travian Robertson

2011- Andrew Jackson

2011- Cliff Matthews

2009- Vance Walker

2008- Willy Fontenot

2008- Keith Zinger

2007- Jason Snelling


As you can see these picks are far from a sure thing but the Falcons have been able to pick up some nice pieces in these rounds and hopefully Thomas Dimitroff can do the same this season.

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