The Atlanta Falcons were awarded four compensatory picks for the 2013 NFL Draft Monday afternoon. With the original seven picks, Thomas Dimitroff and his staff now head into April with 11 total selections, leaving them room to potentially move around draft day.
The haul isn't bad at all. The Falcons get one in the fourth round and three in the seventh. That fourth round pick could net them a promising rotational player, and those seventh rounders could be used to grab some future projects.
Trading for Julio Jones cost the Falcons five picks back in 2011, as they sent two first-round picks, two fourth-round picks and second-rounder to Cleveland. At the time is seemed like a steep price to some, but when we watch Jones blowing by coverages scoring double-digit touchdowns, or catching jump balls over defenders, or making ridiculous one-handed catches...man that guy is good. Remember that time he jumped up in the air like 600 feet?
What were we talking about again? Oh yeah, it looks like Browns fans actually think they won that trade.
If Dimitroff is feeling up to it again, maybe he'll package a few picks for another top playmaker. This draft is more about depth than star power, though, so simply holding onto all 11 selections would be a smart choice as well.
Last year Atlanta received one seventh-round compensatory pick, taking Travian Robertson with the 249th overall selection. This time they have a little more to be excited about.