Hearing increasing buzz around the Falcons facility and the media at large the Falcons could be learning what compensatory picks they’ll receive in the 2010 NFL Draft Monday.
At his postseason press conference, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said he estimates three compensatory selections in the Draft, which would bring the Falcons total to nine.
Compensatory picks are awarded by the NFL to compensate teams for free agent losses in the previous year. The practice started in 1994 when the current form of free agency took root. The idea is that, in order to maintain competitive balance, teams that have players signed away need to replace them with comparable talent.
Atlanta did not receive a compensatory pick last season but was awarded a third-round choice in the 2008 Draft. The club has been awarded eight comp picks since 1994.
Players lost by the team in free agency before 2009 include Keith Brooking, Domonique Foxworth, Michael Boley and Grady Jackson.