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Falcons 2017 NFL Draft Primer

The Falcons own the No. 31 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, marking the third time in team history and the first time since 1987 that the club will make a selection in that spot. Atlanta has a total of six picks – the Falcons don't have a sixth round pick this year as compensation for when the team traded for Andy Levitre in 2015.

Draft schedule:

Day 1: Thursday, April 27th, 8:00 p.m. EST

Day 2: Friday, April 28th, 7:00 p.m. EST

Day 3: Saturday, April 29th, 12:00 p.m. EST

Falcons picks:

1st Round - 31st overall

2nd Round - Pick 31 (63rd overall)

3rd Round - Pick 31 (95th overall)

4th Round - Pick 30 (136th overall)

5th Round - Pick 31 (174th overall)

7th Round - Pick 31 (249th overall)

Time per pick:

Round 1: Ten minutes

Round 2: Seven minutes

Round 3: Five minutes

Rounds 4-6: Five minutes

Round 7: Four minutes

History of the pick:

RB Kenny Flowers was the last person the Falcons drafted with the 31st pick in 1987 out of Clemson.

Notes on Falcons draft history:

  • GM Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons have a successful history of selecting players deep in the draft who go on to become key contributors to the team. In the last nine drafts, Atlanta has witnessed 48 players drafted in the second round or later compete in a combined 1,545 games.
  • The Falcons have utilized the NFL Draft as a means to develop the team for the future. Since 2008, only 12 of Atlanta's 68 draft picks have not seen action on the gridiron during the regular season. The Falcons have been particularly solid in drafting starters and key contributors with picks in the first three rounds under Dimitroff.

-With 68 draft selections in nine years at the helm, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has tapped into 15 conferences for players. Since 2008, Atlanta has selected more players from the SEC than any other conference, with 15 players coming out of the powerhouse league.

For more information on Atlanta's draft history, view the 2017 Falcons Draft Preview.

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