Falcons awarded three compensatory draft picks

The Falcons will receive three additional draft picks -- a fourth and two seventh round picks -- in the upcoming NFL draft, which is set for May. 8-10.

The Falcons' fourth-round pick will be the 39th pick of that round and 139th overall. The Falcons received two seventh-round picks. The 253rd and 255th overall.

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2014 NFL draft were awarded to 13 teams, the NFL announced today. 

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.  The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 224 choices in the seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft (May 8-10), which will kick off in primetime for the fifth consecutive year.

The first round will be held on Thursday, May 8 and begin at 8 p.m.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, May 10 at noon.

The Falcons were awarded four picks last season.

The selected tight end Levine Toilolo with the fourth-round compensatory pick they received last season. They also added safety Kemal Ishmael, safety Zeke Motta and quarterback Sean Renfree in the seventh round.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

Following are the compensatory free agents lost and signed last year by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2014 NFL Draft:

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D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.