Posted: 6:27 pm Monday, March 24th, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
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.
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|
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