Atlanta Falcons receive three compensatory picks in 2014 NFL Draft


Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo (80) celebrates with wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) after a touchdown in the second half against the New York Jets at the Georgia Dome. The Jets won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft hype is beginning to heat up with just over a month until the big day, and the Atlanta Falcons have received some help with reinforcements in the form of extra draft picks for Thomas Dimitroff and company.

Jay Adams, who is the Digital Content Manager for the team, reports that the Falcons have been awarded with one fourth-round (pick #139) and two seventh-round (picks #253 and #255) selections in the upcoming draft, and this is (obviously) a positive. There are no “sexy” picks this deep in the draft, but with Dimitroff’s propensity for moving up in the draft by packaging picks, this provides something in the reserves for him, even if these particular picks can’t be moved.

Count me in the contingent of people who are firmly against trading up for anyone with the possible exception of Jadeveon Clowney, but if we are realistic about Atlanta’s GM and his track record, it is a distinct possibility. Extra picks are never a bad thing at this stage, and we’ve seen from guys like Levine Toilolo, Joplo Bartu and Paul Worrilow that the team can unearth talent in the later stages in the draft and even off the scrapheap after the seven rounds have been completed.

Stay tuned for more NFL Draft coverage as the day approaches.