The Falcons were awarded two compensatory picks on Friday for the upcoming NFL draft for losing free agents.
The Falcons will have an additional fourth- and fifth-round picks. The fourth-round pick will be the 35th pick in that round and 137th overall. The fifth-round pick with the 34th in that round and 172 overall.
The Falcons, who are slotted into the 14th position of the draft, were projected to picked up a fourth- and fifth-round compensatory picks to go along with the seven picks they already have.
The Falcons lost Adrian Clayborn, Taylor Gabriel, Dontari Poe and Andre Roberts in free agency. The Falcons gained Brandon Fusco and Logan Paulsen last season.
“There will be some really good football players in the middle of the round each round,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said recently. “That's our thought.”
The draft will be held April 25-27 in Nashville.
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents (“CFA”) than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.
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.
The Falcons have a total of nine draft picks in the draft. Here are all nine of the Falcons picks:
· Round 1: No. 14 overall
· Round 2: No. 45
· Round 3: No. 79
· Round 4: No. 117, No. 137 (compensatory pick)
· Round 5: No. 152, No. 172 (comp. pick)
· Round 6: No. 186
· Round 7: No. 230
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