The opportunity to add more players in this year’s draft came earlier this week when the NFL announced the compensatory picks for this year’s draft. The Falcons received three picks, headlined by a fourth-rounder. In what is considered a deep draft, the extra picks will help the Falcons find key additions and valuable depth. In an appearance on 680 The Fan’s The Front Row Friday, general manager Thomas Dimitroff shared his feelings about the 11 total picks in 2014.
The addition of an extra fourth-round pick is what excited Dimitroff the most. While he said he expected to get the seventh-round picks, the fourth-round pick in a draft like this year’s is a significant commodity. Being at No. 6 with the quarterback position solidified is also encouraging for Dimitroff, who can use his picks at the top of each round to address other needs.
Of course, Dimitroff’s history of trading up in the draft means he will always be mentioned in draft trade discussion and while the GM said trading up is a possibility, trading back is as well.
“There are some real opportunities in the top 10 to move back,” Dimitroff said. “This is a really good, substantial top 10. The interesting thing about it is you have O-line, you have D-linemen, you have linebackers and you have receivers, there’s a really interesting group in the top 10.”
Any of the Falcons’ draft picks in this year’s draft could be on the table for a move in either direction with the exception of the compensatory picks. Determined by a formula considering salary and playing time among other qualifications, compensatory picks are awarded based on free agents lost and signed. Compensatory cannot be traded.