Falcons pick up 7th round compensatory pick

The Falcons got something to cheer about. (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com)

The Falcons got something to cheer about. (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com)

The Falcons were awarded a seventh round (249th overall) compensatory 2012 draft pick by the league on Monday.

Compensatory picks 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. 

Under the formula, the compensatory free agents lost by the Falcons were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).

The Falcons traded away their first and fourth round picks of the 2012 draft as part of the Julio Jones trade with the Cleveland Browns.

Falcons Draft Selections

2nd Round (No. 55 overall)

3rd Round (No. 85 overall)

5th Round (No. 157 overall)

6th Round (No. 192 overall)

7th Round (No. 229 overall)

7th Round (Compensatory Selection, No. 249 overall)

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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53 comments Add your comment

CONservative Johnson

March 26th, 2012
9:21 pm

We need all the picks we can get since we are broke (salary cap wise) . . .

jerry

March 26th, 2012
9:34 pm

No doubt the Dimi will pick an All Pro with #249.

Terrence X

March 26th, 2012
9:34 pm

the Oakland Raiders got picks too which reminds of a Big Red Machine story or two.

1eyedJack

March 26th, 2012
9:37 pm

Now if we could find somebody fool enough to trade their 1st for two 7ths.

1eyedJack

March 26th, 2012
9:38 pm

Wait, you can’t trade compensatory picks? We’re screwed.

jerseyfalcon

March 26th, 2012
9:40 pm

Any thought of TD trading DOWN a few spots for a 4th rd, or another 5th round selection? The start of FA everyone thought Coby Fleener would be the falcons pick but since his pro day he won’t get out of the first round…Find big corners, de, lbs, wr/pr…all can be found in the 4-7th rounds

PMC

March 26th, 2012
9:44 pm

Woo! Draft a kick off specialist at 249

PMC

March 26th, 2012
9:53 pm

Kick off specialist.

JMar

March 26th, 2012
9:57 pm

So basically Ray Edwards and Michael Koenen evened out, and we got a 7th rounder for Michael Jenkins. Sounds about right.

JMar

March 26th, 2012
10:04 pm

Dang, forgot about Harvey Dahl. And Kelvin Hayden wasn’t much of a signing, but was he our second best free agent signing? Now I’m wondering why we didn’t get a bit more.

Let’s hope Curtis Lofton has a great year, except against the Falcons.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 26th, 2012
10:31 pm

BORING!!! The Hawks win, and the Falcons don’t. Buy Hawks season tickets, you losers!

Eddie

March 26th, 2012
11:18 pm

The falcons are gonna take the south this year boys! especially with the saints losing their coach! I have the argument on my blog right here come and check it out!! http://halftimechat.com/2012/03/nfc-south-division-champs-will-be-the-atlanta-falcons/

PMC

March 26th, 2012
11:23 pm

Kick off specialist

Sid

March 27th, 2012
12:04 am

Mr. Irrelevant

Gritsfalcon

March 27th, 2012
12:27 am

I still don’t understand how you let your #1 tackler (C. Lofton) over the last few years, entering the prime of his career, get away! I think the birds’ may be making wholesale changes next year–i.e., McKay, Dimitroff, Smith. Mike Nolan will be new HC.
You heard it right here!

ws

March 27th, 2012
1:03 am

I see Saints getting stronger with signing of players, along with Bucs and Panthers. Only good signing i see for falcons has been Mike Nolan. I hope he can play some defense. I am not sold on Jax’s cast-off. I hope he did learn from Henning and Reid. Falcons like to hire coaches from last places teams,because them are cheap. I can’t see them being in cap trouble with [layer they have.
Midget Grimes 10m, Redman 3m, worn out turner 5m. Mr Blanks needs some new management!!!They rather go sign injured player , they do mnot even know can play. Looks like fourth place in south for me. Falcons still can’t beat Saints with Peyton gone.
You can have good coaches and average players and win. I do not see that with Altanta. Average team with below average head coacj and OC. Only hope for Falcons is Mike Nolan. He is only good hire they made. I see him being the next head coach and Smith back to his old team with all his buddies in Jacksonville.
I hope I am wrong, and Falcons can win. I am a die hard falcon fan. But this sure gets old after all these years hoping and same. Fan from 66. Norm Heckler days , Van Brocklin. Swamo fox. tried him twice times.
For some reason good coaches want nothing to do with Altanta. It was Smith’s they didn’t want. Now I don’t know if its Jerry WANT A BE or Rich McKay.

Dirty bird-of-paradise

March 27th, 2012
1:40 am

Micheal Boley take 2?

lumiere

March 27th, 2012
3:32 am

the linebacker needy bucs and eagles passed on lofton too. knee issues, $ demands, and lack of impact plays the reasons.

Greg

March 27th, 2012
6:01 am

I like the comments. I think we failed to pay up for Lofton because 1) (just looking for a moment at the defense) with Peria Jerry’s 1st round contract in 2009, the big contracts TD gave Dunte and Edwards, the big money they will give Grimes, and even the re-structured contract for Abe (which will still be big $), etc., we probably just didn’t have the bucks left for another big contract for Lofton; and 2) with the exception of Spoon, our LBs (including Lofton) were not as strong as Smith wanted in pass defense. He’s great going forward, but a bit stiff backing up. Everyone in the world saw the way good QBs like Brees and Rodgers had their way with us. We simply have to try to improve in pass defense. Now, have we done it yet/ A big fat “No.”

Tommy

March 27th, 2012
8:07 am

All together now: If Mike Nolan wanted Lofton, the Falcons would have resigned him. Lofton has serious issues in pass coverage, which is why they signed Tatupu to take his place on 3rd downs, with Akeem Dent being out there for running plays. Lofton is a tackler but not a real playmaker. He’s the leading tackler on the team–so??? The Falcons defensive scheme is always set up to have the MLB make the tackle on a running play. Falcons middle linebackers always have 100 tackles. Tuggle did it, Brooking did it, Lofton did it, and Dent probably will. Heck the way that defense is structured you could probably stick a bouncer from the Cheetah in that spot and he’d rack up 100

vesaversa

March 27th, 2012
8:11 am

The Falcons should make those picks count like maybe picking up a good defensive player .

Jimmy Crack

March 27th, 2012
8:13 am

Don’t wait for the UDFA pool. Use that second 7th Rounder on QB Dominique Davis.

McNasty

March 27th, 2012
8:19 am

There was a SeenthisB4 sighting on NOLA.com.
The N.O. fans are justifing their teams criminal behavior any way they can. They can only win if they cheat! Read the NFL press release and justification.

I really believe that we will get more out of the talent with our new coaches. In TD I trust! Not all of you know nothings but I still have an opinion people.
We do need an impact “Mike” Backer for the future.

WS – for a fan since “66″ you sure don’t know about suscessful sports organization management.

Junior Coffee was at my 12 & under football awards dinner in 68.
Go Falcons!

D'ville Phil

March 27th, 2012
8:20 am

I’m tired of the whiny fans complaining about Curtis Lofton getting away. Bottom-line, Lofton is a 2-down run thumper who sucks in coverage. For that, Lofton and his agent thought he deserved $8million per year. Dimitroff would made an offer to Lofton – probably in the $5million/yr range – and Lofton and his agent balked. Then, Lofton sat on the free agent shelf like week old bread before the Saints finally picked him up. The contract details have not been released yet – but I predict that Lofton probably got about $5million/yr from Saints – which is probably close to what Falcons offered before free agency started. Falcons will be fine with combination of Dent/Tatupu – I would not be suprised if that combo is even better than Lofton – we know a healthy Tatupu can cover – and Lofton never could.

DePort

March 27th, 2012
8:23 am

Just ADDING RANDOM players does NOT automatically make you a STRONGER TEAM!!!!! Why do we go through this every year!!!!???

Mikey

March 27th, 2012
8:36 am

DOL… is your picture implying that we should take a cheerleader with this pick?

The Real Falcon

March 27th, 2012
8:37 am

Anyone who believes that Lofton with any shortcomings is not better than Dent and the out of football retread does not know football. The team made a decision that he was not coming back. Lofton took less money from the Saints then was offerred from the Bucs. He would have come back if the Falcons made any counter offer after free agency began and they chose not to. Bad move which will come back to bite us. Two times a year for 5 years.

X

March 27th, 2012
8:43 am

@Najeh While i’m not a hawks fan I am a native, so I’ve watched the hawks over the years and I ask why would anyone care about a team that will more than likely get booted out of the FIRST round or for sure get bounced out in the second round? But then again maybe getting there is enough I guess for hawks fans!

rollo lawson

March 27th, 2012
9:18 am

@X
And the Falcons have been booted how many times in the first round over the past 4 seasons? In that same span, the Hawks have won 3 playoff series. More than the Braves, Falcons, and Thrashers combined.

jalex49

March 27th, 2012
9:25 am

Good luck to Lofton except when he plays the Falcons. He is a good player but I have confIdence in that Dent will be in the mix. Dent is a warrior and someday will be an every down player in the NFL.

I hope Atlanta signs another DE’ and an OT’ at the least. I guess I’m a little unsure how Mr. Blank can get in front of the public and make a statement of changes and yet no change of significance has been made. None that most of the fans can see, anyway!

I believe in Mr. Blank and free agency isn’t over and so I’m hopeful. Thanks to the players that restructured their contracts to help the Falcons.

GO FALCONS !!!

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PMC

March 27th, 2012
9:53 am

That’s definately the fake Najeh. the real ND would have something better to say.

Besides the Hawks have the 4th best record in the league right now without Al Horford. They have done work this year. They’ll be in the 2nd round this year no question.

As far as the compensatory, any extra pick is nice in whatever round given that we are short picks this year anyway happy to have it. Just hope TD doesn’t waste it throwing darts on the wall.

SavDawg

March 27th, 2012
10:10 am

I think Mr Blank’s promise of change might have been directed @ asst coaches as much as players!!

PMC

March 27th, 2012
10:16 am

Doesn’t really matter, the talent on the team was the weakest of any playoff team and it hasn’t improved.

So they clearly have enough talent and they are getting enough out of it to make it too the playoffs, but they are hopelessly desperately deficient when they get there, especially on the offensive line, but they are really lousy rushing the passer too.

PMC

March 27th, 2012
10:19 am

I’m still baffled that we used almost all our cap money on Biermann and Decoud after franchising our best Cornerback.

The question is why?

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

March 27th, 2012
10:58 am

Dude…I’m having some issues with the decisions.

(1) I understand that you felt like you had to pay Grimes because #23 is awful….SO, why/who in the hell thought it prudent to give #23 big money in the first place???

(2) You choose to sign a 34 year old defensive end that plays 60% of most games OVER a middle linebacker that has played we over 90% of all games that he has started. Lofton was rarely hurt. Abe is always hurt. Lofton has his entire career in front of him…Abe MIGHT play two more years. Who made this decision???

(3) RB…you re-sign Snelling (good move), draft Rodgers last year (good move), but keep Turner on the squad (bad move). You needed cap space to sign Lofton…you should have cut Turner to give you this. Who is making these decisions????

(4) #88 is a first ballot hall of famer. No doubt in my mind. Does he contribute to your growth and development? Hell no…he only works against your cap space and negates the realization that #2 needs a tight end for the long haul. The falcons are NOT going to the super bowl next year. Should have NOT re-signed him…would have given you space to sign both Lofton AND Abe. Who is making these decisions???

(5) The whole offensive coordinator deal is a mess. “Go along to get along” rarely makes it to a super bowl…or in this case, to a damn playoff win. Smitty needs an offensive mind that is proven, veteran and confident. This guy we brought in has not been to a super bowl and only seems to be a “friend” to Smitty from Jville. Again…who is making these decisions????

Let me say this: if Lofton goes to the Saints and makes a pro bowl, TD’s role should be evaulated. Instead of letting #50 roll, we should have coached him to the point where he only playes 1st or 2nd down…not let him walk.

FBD

AGTFan

March 27th, 2012
11:29 am

Tommy said: “you could probably stick a bouncer from the Cheetah in that spot and he’d rack up 100″

Those bouncers athe Cheetah are tough and well entertained.

Some folks just don’t get how professional sports are a money game. Every choice made has the possibility of being the wrong choice. I really enjoy all the fan criticism before a single down of football has been played. I’ll wait until we have a fewgames under our belts before deciding if the moves made were good or bad. It’s possible that Tatupu knees are never going to be good enough to be effective again. It’s also possible that he’s going to be so good that we oldtimers compare him to Tommy Nobis. Let’s see it on the field.

PMC

March 27th, 2012
11:42 am

I feel like I’ve waited long enough. 4 years and 2 utterly terrible back to back playoff performances after 4 very solid regular seasons should be plenty of time to evaluate.

The only thing I can reason as to why they let Lofton go is that they are trying to focus more on defending the pass, but if that’s the case…. Biermann and Decoud are resignings? Neither one helped much at all against the pass.

Decoud was the one who completely whiffed and let the floodgates open in the playoff game. He gets a 4 year contract but the MLB who actually did make some plays didn’t? Really?

PMC

March 27th, 2012
11:52 am

Of course if we sign David Hawthorne all of this is moot, because it would mean Lofa is replacing Mike Pete moreso than Lofton.

Mr. Costanza

March 27th, 2012
12:12 pm

Maybe we can get a good punter with that pick.

Tell it like it is

March 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

All of the teams in the NFC south have improved,excelp for the Falcons.Expect the falcons to finish last,they have done nothing to bolster the team what so ever.Look for next season to bring wholesale changes,with the firing of the front office,and then we start all over again.It don’t matter who owns the team,the Smiths or blank,its the same old story.

Sid

March 27th, 2012
2:21 pm

Tell it like it is

March 27th, 2012
12:54 pm
All of the teams in the NFC south have improved,excelp for the Falcons.
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The jury is still out on how our signings and draft will pan out. But the cellar dweller this year wears the sissy lily Fleur-Di-Lie (sic).

Sid

March 27th, 2012
2:51 pm

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass** March 27th, 2012 10:58 am
(3) RB…you re-sign Snelling (good move), draft Rodgers last year (good move), but keep Turner on the squad (bad move).
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Turner was the NFL’s 3rd leading rusher 2010 and 2011, 2nd leading rusher in 2008, last year behind a patch work offensive line. Yes, he’s a little slow getting his motor going (coachable) and lacks a little vision (not so coachable) but you can’t argue stats.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

March 27th, 2012
3:40 pm

Sid,

Stats are cool…I’m looking at impact in the running game. How many 100 yard games did Turner have against teams with winning records last year? What was his average per carry? I wont even mention 4th and 1.

Even more…is he in our future plan??? NO!!! Curtis Lofton should have been. We needed cap space…cutting Turner could have/can provide(d) some relief.

Our middle linebacker situation stinks right now…Tatupu and Dent? Dent must be showing them something spectacular in practice.

FBD

G-Dawg

March 27th, 2012
4:19 pm

“Heck the way that defense is structured you could probably stick a bouncer from the Cheetah in that spot and he’d rack up 100″

HILARIOUS!!

G-Dawg

March 27th, 2012
4:20 pm

Dent can get the job done!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 27th, 2012
4:25 pm

G-Dawg — That’s funny!

Ackshun

March 27th, 2012
4:34 pm

We need to get Asante Samuel in from the eagles and move Grimes to free safety. Then get the best TE and LB available in the draft. There are some hungry guys in the mid and late rounds. GB NO and NE have proved that.

Sid

March 27th, 2012
6:23 pm

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

March 27th, 2012
3:40 pm
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Impact? Turner averaged 4.5 yards per carry last year. ONCE AGAIN, behind an offensive line not exactly smoking on all cylinders. Rodgers? Averaged 3.6 yards, Snelling? 3.4 yards. So give up Turner and get a 2nd round draft pick at best…………for another running back of course. I think I want to see him do another year as a Falcon with a coached up offensive line.

NewOrleansJazz

March 27th, 2012
10:48 pm

Go Saints! Go