The Atlanta Falcons have plenty of needs to fill this offseason, including holes on both the offensive and defensive lines. The draft will be key for them to fill those needs, and early projections have them getting as much as four extra compensatory picks.
Philly.com is projecting that the Falcons will get a free fifth round selection and three seventh rounders. These are only projections, but they come from a source that has had good success in the past foreseeing where these extra picks will end up. While the NFL doesn’t release exactly how they determine the picks, those who pay close attention to past years have been able to come up with some pretty accurate predictions.
The fifth round pick is in compensation for former cornerback Brent Grimes. The three seventh rounders are for Will Svitek, Christopher Owens and Luke McCown.
Since none of the picks come earlier than the fifth round, it’s highly unlikely that the Falcons will get an impact player with any of them. But, the NFL has taught us time and time again that solid contributors can be found in the later rounds.
Atlanta can use these extra slots to help build depth, especially on the offensive and defensive lines. They also could try to use them as ammunition for any trades they may look to make draft day.
This draft is a big one for the Falcons. They need at least one impact player, a pass rusher hopefully. But, depth is another concern for them. Those later picks could really come in handy.