Posted: 6:00 am Monday, February 10th, 2014

Falcons projected to get 4 compensatory picks 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

050513 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons rookie tight end Levine Toilolo (80), Stanford, runs drills during rookie minicamp on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Flowery Branch. He was a compensatory pick last season. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com noted that his friend, Craig Turner, has done compensatory pick projections over the past few years.

Turner correctly matched 24 teams with the correct rounds of the picks they received last year. Five other picks he missed by one round. He missed on three other teams, so overall 29 out of 32 is pretty strong.

The NFL has not made its compensatory pick formula public. The picks are normally announced at the NFL owners’ meetings, which are set for March 23-26.

Turner is projecting the Falcons to get four picks.

5 – Atlanta – Brent Grimes

7 – Atlanta – Will Svitek

7 – Atlanta – Christopher Owens

7 – Atlanta – Luke McCown

Last season, the Falcons lost Grimes (Miami), Vance Walker (Oakland), Svitek (New England), Owens (Cleveland), McCown (New Orleans) and Lawrence Sidbury (Indianapolis).

The Falcons signed Osi Umenyiora and Steven Jackson as free agents in 2013.

Turner says the Falcons situation is pretty murky.

Atlanta has the most variables affecting their situation. As is mentioned above McCown had a low salary and few game snaps, but I believe that he is just over the qualification threshold. Sidbury was signed for a little less, and did not play at all, so he was not counted. It would not matter if he did count, as Atlanta reached their four-pick limit. The Falcons also signed two players coming off of “voidable” deals. Stephen Jackson voided his contract in St. Louis, and the Giants voided their contract with Osi Umenyiora. I treated Jackson as a qualified player because it was not the team’s decision to lose him. Umenyiora’s “voidable” deal was just a way to push money to the future for cap purposes, so I did not reward the team for losing him. If Jackson is not counted, it could give Atlanta another 7th round pick if they have not hit their limit. If Umenyiora counts as a signing, it would likely take away a 7th round pick, but there is a slight chance Atlanta could lose their 5th for Grimes.

Here’s a quick history of the Falcons’ compensatory picks.

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.

43 comments
RX
RX

Geez, how old is OLD news?


"Atlanta has the most variables affecting their situation. As is mentioned above McCown had a low..."


That was from an article in philly.com back on FEB 7th!!

Falcons63
Falcons63

I don't care if he's green and just got out of a spaceship.  If he is the best available player at the time then pick him!!!!!!

BSNBC
BSNBC

Doesn't matter how many more picks if they are as bad as the past!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

It's time for those that blasted the Falcons for not giving Sidbury the money to step forward and comment.

decatur_g
decatur_g

The  title is misleading considering we won't find out about the no. of compensatory NFL picks until like the week after the 1st/2nd round of March Madness (2014).

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Good.

Maybe Hair-Gel will actually do something positive with the selections.

Was hoping Grimes might fetch a 3rd round comp pick, butt oh well.

I'd rather have had Svitek blocking for the Falcons this year as opposed to getting a pick in the 200+ range for a guy who proved his worth here during the 2011 Season.......when Baker was getting annihilated by the likes of Antone Applewhite!! :(

Ultraman8
Ultraman8

Wonder if they will be a player in the free agent market to free up draft picks for other areas?  What concerns me is the media hype about Ho MO Gay Man from Mizzou. will he get drafter and by whom?  you know the media circus is going to follow him. What will the team that signs him think?  And the fans?  Will they have "GAY DAY" at the stadiums? Will there be a new Rooney rule that each team has to have a gay on it? You know it will be on every player's mind-thinking that if the gay guy looks at them....Why do they have to announce it to the world? Special privileges? Can't wait for some black guy to declare he is gay and thanks Jesse and Al for his coming out. That would give them a heart attack.

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

I recall many on here expressing their belief that is was a foregone conclusion that Sidbury would become a star pass rusher upon leaving Atlanta.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

If atlanta did sign him the media blitz that followed may be a distraction.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

If he can put pressure on the QB and stopgap the run and stay healthy. sign him.

Dman
Dman

The more the better. Rise Up...

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

Those 4 picks will only have VALUE if Pete Carroll is doing the drafting, but with TD drafting they will be wasted on crappy, slow, and nonathletic players from places like Montana and Idaho.

Does anyone trust TD to find a real player out of these 4 late-round draft picks?

ColdSplash
ColdSplash

More low level trash for the fodder, given to the spikey-haird pencil necked geek who has given us this offensive line over the last 5 years.    These idiot GMs have too much control over roster building;  need more football coaches evaluating football talent.   Ryan, Witherspoon, Wil Moore, Julio and C. Lofton were NFL top level picks....all others in 5 years have been mid to low level non difference makers.   Yep, what a genius.

zuzu331
zuzu331

Losing Grimes was a serious blow to the team. We could use him back.

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

I am surprised Grimes wouldn't get us a 4th rounder.

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

I knew it. We are about to cut bait with dead weight and stock up on young players. If Clowney isn't there at six we need to trade back and pick up even more picks.

Esquire
Esquire

@decatur_g  That's what I thought as well.  I wanted to dis DLed about this article  but didn't want to chance igniting the hot air.  

notPlanB
notPlanB

Stivek was already doing a good job but that's another example that TD can't draft a good OL.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

@Ultraman8

play by play will be frought with double entendre and joe buck grinning at the camera.

UGA76
UGA76

@MikeBanning  I don't trust "Fantasy Football" TD in the first 4 rounds either.  Somebody needs to tell him that over 40% of a team's starting 22 are lineman. 

Esquire
Esquire

@LeftisnotRight  You know it.  I know it.  Hell, the whole world knows it.  But will it translate only to "Clowney" unless you write "Offensive Linemen"....!!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

JSS.....Sidbury is just about out of chances.

notPlanB
notPlanB

We will regret losing him.

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75  

The Colts had the Cap room to keep him around and see. They like him a lot coming out of OTAs. I'm not a fan one way or the other, just seems to be his spot to lose. They are thinking post Mathis, he's part of the team.

notPlanB
notPlanB

Fine if we get good FA OL but if you don't you waste the talents of MR, JJ & Roddy. Last year included TG also.

Esquire
Esquire

@JSSN @Esquire  SO WHAT DUDE.......his idiotic unsportsmanlike penalty cost us the game!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Esquire.....I know you want the Falcons to win, so do I.

Forget Linemen.......Defense, Defense, Defense!!!

I like Robinson & Matthews, butt no way I take either over Clowney or Mack.

Like it or not Sam Baker is our LT. Personally, I hate it.

JSSN
JSSN

@Esquire

@Esquire

Dude, he recovered the fumble that kept the Falcons from losing the lead on the Crabtree catch and run! Even when he was benched, they still could not cover tight ends. Harbaugh for some strange reason decide to just pound the rock down their throats! Like my asking if Sidbury was inactive, time for you to move on and hope that he doesn't "Boley" the Falcons down the line! That is generally how it works for Flowery Branch!

Esquire
Esquire

@JSSN @Esquire @LeftisnotRight ..... and need to give our almost elite quarterback a chance to stand in the pocket and hit somebody more than 5 yards down-field.