The NFL today has awarded the Atlanta Falcons one compensatory pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
Atlanta will receive a compensatory pick even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year. Under the formula, the compensatory free agents lost by the Falcons were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).
With the additional selection, the Falcons will have an extra pick toward the end of the seventh round. Below is a look at Atlanta's round-by-round selections in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Falcons Draft Selections
2nd Round (No. 55 overall)
3rd Round (No. 84 overall) *up one spot due to Saints' forfeiture of second-round pick
5th Round (No. 157 overall)
6th Round (No. 192 overall)
7th Round (No. 229 overall)
7th Round (Compensatory Selection, No. 249 overall)