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Falcons awarded three compensatory draft picks

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Tight end Levine Toilolo was a compensatory pick last season, (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com).

Tight end Levine Toilolo was a compensatory pick last season, (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com).

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.

Here’s a quick history of the Falcons’ compensatory picks over the past 10 years.

This year, three clubs – Chicago, Atlanta and Cincinnati – qualified for compensatory picks under the net loss formula, but will not receive those picks because they ranked 33rd, 34th and 35th, respectively, among all compensatory picks.

 Atlanta and Cincinnati will receive picks for other compensatory free agents lost who ranked within the top 32 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.

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

 

ATLANTA Lost: Brent Grimes, Luke McCown (did not qualify for a compensatory pick, 32 picks already awarded), Christopher Owens, Will Svitek, Vance Walker
  Gained: Osi Umenyiora

 

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

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