Posted: 6:27 pm Monday, March 24th, 2014

Falcons awarded three compensatory draft picks 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Tight end Levine Toilolo was a compensatory pick last season, (Curtis Compton/

Tight end Levine Toilolo was a compensatory pick last season, (Curtis Compton/

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



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Falcons Easy Button 3.2 - 

6. Greg Robinson, OL, Auburn...if not, trade down for Lewan/Barr...

38. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame - uber-talented, edge playmaker

70. Austin Serefian-Jenkins, TE, UW - 6'3, NW Conf.,  athletic hands guy

102. Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson - big, strong Clowney stopper

134. Seantrell Henderson, OT, Miami - 6'8, 330, prototype #1 recruit USA

138. Keith McGill, S/CB, Utah - 6'3, 4.5/40, w ball skills

166. Joseph Thomas, ILB, SC State - MEAC DPOY - thumper

198. Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn - bull strong, smash-mouth blocker

223. Shontez Nelson, DL, St. Aug.'s - DII AA, see Robert Mathis

227. AC Leonard, TE, Tenn. St. - NFL Combine Top Performer

233. Thomas Wolfe III, CB, FVSU - 6'2, 190, 4.4/40,  #2 DII in Int.'s


Man, there are pitiful souls on this blog.  I just come here to do some background reading on my hometown ball club and leave loving my existence that much more.  SeenthatB4, Joe Tess aka Teapartymeber and JSSN can do wonders for the self esteem!


This is indisputable evidence that the falcan'ts are nothing more than the NFL's bungling  charity case; no matter how many draft picks the NFL awards the falcan'ts, they just continue to squander them, selecting bust after bust.   The get to select two more busts this year.  


We get picks 139, 253 & 255.

Awful nice of NFL Santa Claus to give us something for Chrissy Owens.



Just how low are you? 

I'm fine, yours must be a pitiful existence? Look, healthy "self-esteem" is fine if it is not being mistaken for grandiose flights of fancy. You do know the difference?


@SeenThatB4  Dude!!!!!  seriously we've all  seenthatb4. I almost never add comments but good gracious man you have some issues. At some point you are going to have to realize just how silly you come off.  You aren't hurting any ones feelings typing Why not try sharing some well thought out response  instead of typing what apparently is the equivalent of lower grade name calling..Maybe try channeling some of that energy into your own team. Your obsession is kinda creepy.  I think you really do like the FALCONS and this is your way to get close to the team and why your here like every single day making comments…. Well, I am sure you will come back with some over the top  remarks but here's the thing. The only time I think about the Saints is on game day twice a year.  You can bet I won't be wasting my time trolling everyday on the Saints blogs. I'd rather watch paint dry.  



Only 3? But still, Grimes is the gift that keeps on giving! So the so-called not the "best player on the Falcons defense" cost them an additional pick? Oh, they didn't hold Steven Jackson against them for value? Ha ha, that's rich!


Jss....I was expecting 4.

I figured Osi & Vance would cancel each other out.

We'd get 4 picks for Grimes, McCown, Owens & Svitek.

How much did Svitek haul in last year? I know he started every Pats game(at RG no less) I watched --- meanwhile the Falcons paid Baker 41 mil & got nothing outta him last yr or the RG position.


@JSSN Maybe it's because he voided his contract instead of reaching free agency by finishing out a contract.



McGown was going to a reach with the cap (total pick pool). The Rams lost more (not talking about Jackson for the person who can't take a joke). The three picks are a good haul! You get it, Grimes did the Falcons a huge favor by being Grimes, a pro!



The season before they lost 4 UFAs and signed none. This season they lost 5 and signed 1 who was technically a team void (by the Giants) due to the way his contract was written (Osi). McGown attempted 1 pass the entire season, he wasn't going to push the needle. 



I was being "facetious" about Jackson! Goodness, and you folks take every thing so serious!


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