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Falcons Awarded Three Compensatory Picks

The Falcons have three extra draft picks to work with. (Gary A. Vasquez)

The Falcons have three extra draft picks to work with. (Gary A. Vasquez)

The Atlanta Falcons were awarded three compensatory draft picks for the 2014 NFL Draft: a fourth-rounder and two seventh-rounders.

The Falcons were given the extra draft picks based on last season’s free agent loses: cornerbacks Brent Grimes (Miami Dolphins) and Chris Owens (Cleveland Browns), tackle Will Svitek (New England Patriots), and defensive tackle Vance Walker (Oakland Raiders).

As it stands now, the Falcons have 10 picks in the upcoming draft.

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Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins Preview

Julio Jones could be poised for another huge game. (Daniel Shirey)

Julio Jones could be poised for another huge game. (Daniel Shirey)

The Atlanta Falcons are banged up.

Two players are lost for the season: defensive end Kroy Biermann with a torn Achilles and fullback Bradie Ewing with a separated shoulder. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will be out eight weeks with a Lisfranc injury.

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Falcons Open Training Camp Today

There are plenty of jobs up for grabs as training camp begins. (Kevin C. Cox)

There are plenty of jobs up for grabs as training camp begins. (Kevin C. Cox)

The Atlanta Falcons open training camp today, and the road to the Super Bowl XLVIII begins.

There is one off-the-field issue the Falcons must address soon: the contract situation of Matt Ryan. The franchise quarterback  is entering the last year of his rookie deal.

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2013 NFL Draft: Falcons Select CB Robert Alford

The Falcons double dipped and selected another cornerback.(John David Mercer)

The Falcons double dipped and selected another cornerback.(John David Mercer)

With the 60th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Falcons selected Robert Alford.

I’m a little surprised. I thought for sure the Falcons would look to add a defensive end, but instead they double dip and grab another cornerback.

In a way, it makes sense. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan uses defensive backs a lot, and the Falcons were lacking in that department after losing both Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson. It also means the Falcons didn’t like any of the pass rushers available.

Alford played college ball at Southeastern Louisiana.  He totaled 10 interceptions and 20 passes defended in his collegiate career.

Check out his draft profile here.

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Falcons Looking to Trade Up in Draft

According to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Atlanta Falcons are looking to trade up from the 30th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggested the Falcons would trade up for one of the draft’s top cornerbacks. For the Falcons to draft Alabama’s Dee Milliner, it would likely take a blockbuster trade in the same vein as the trade for Julio Jones a couple of years ago. Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes or Washington’s Desmond Trufant are likely candidates.

Although drafting a cornerback would make sense because the Falcons have a glaring need with both Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson gone, they could also look to  draft a defensive end to pair with newly acquired Osi Umenyiora to help offset the loss of John Abraham.

The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft starts April 25 at 8 p.m. EST. It’ll be interesting to see what moves general manager Thomas Dimitroff will make.

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Brent Grimes Signs With Dolphins; Falcons in Market for Cornerback

Brent Grimes' departure leaves the Falcons with a need at cornerback. (Scott Cunningham)

Brent Grimes’ departure leaves the Falcons with a need at cornerback. (Scott Cunningham)

Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes has agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The deal is worth $5.5 million, and quite frankly, that’s a nice deal for Grimes.

Grimes will be 30 years old in July and he’s coming off an Achilles injury he suffered in the season opener last year. When healthy, he’s undoubtedly one of the best cornerbacks in the league. However, it’s a risky investment considering his age and injury.

The Falcons likely set an amount they were willing to pay Grimes, and he felt he could get a better deal elsewhere. The amount the Dolphins gave to Grimes was clearly out of the Falcons’ range, especially after the recent signing of defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

Grimes’ departure means the current starters at cornerback are Asante Samuel and Robert McClain. Dunta Robinson was released before free agency began, and Chris Owens signed with the Cleveland Browns. Unless the Falcons believe McClain will play the outside as well as he’s played inside when on the field, the void at cornerback will likely be addressed through the upcoming draft.

Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant is the name I’ve seen often falling to the Falcons in mock drafts. He also visited with the Falcons yesterday, so he’s clearly on their radar.

As a undrafted, undersized free agent out of Shippensburg, Grimes had to prove himself to NFL teams. He got his chance with the Falcons, and it’s good to see him get money he worked hard for. He’ll be a fine addition to the Dolphins’ secondary.

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Falcons Release Three Big-Name Veterans

The Atlanta Falcons have released defensive end John Abraham, cornerback Dunta Robinson, and running back Michael Turner.

The Falcons traded with the New York Jets for Abraham in 2006. He was originally selected by the Jets with the 13th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. The defensive end played seven seasons with Atlanta, and he notched 68.5 sacks. He had a career-high of 16.5 sacks in 2008. Last season, he had 10 sacks.

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Atlanta’s 2013 Free Agents

With a limited amount of cap space, the Atlanta Falcons are going to be forced to make several decisions in keeping their own.

Leading the list of free agents for the Falcons are tackle Sam Baker, tight end Tony Gonzalez, cornerback Brent Grimes, and safety William Moore.

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A Closer Look at the Falcons Pass Defense

Thomas DeCoud is a big reason why the Falcons pass defense is playing well. (Scott Cunningham)

Thomas DeCoud is a big reason why the Falcons pass defense is playing well. (Scott Cunningham)

As of Week 16, the Atlanta Falcons allow 243.7 yards per game through the air, which ranks 23rd in the league. It’s not exactly an ideal ranking for a playoff team with Super Bowl aspirations, but numbers often fail to show the entire story. Sometimes, you have to dig a little deeper to get a more accurate picture.

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There is Something Special Brewing with the 2012 Atlanta Falcons

The 2012 NFL season is only three weeks old, but already the Falcons look like they’re poised for something big. Something really big. I mean Super Bowl aspirations big.

The Falcons are 3-0 and one of three undefeated teams (Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans). Two weeks ago, the Falcons defeated the Denver Broncos 27-21 in a huge Monday night showdown. The game lasted ridiculously long due to the multiple stoppages and overall ineptitude of the officials. On a short week, the Falcons headed out west to San Diego to face the Chargers, and they responded extremely well, winning 27-3.

Great teams are able to win decidedly on the road on a short week.

Great teams also have great coaches, and the Falcons hit a home run with their two new coordinators.

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