Ojinnaka Deal Could Mean Seventh Round Draft Pick For Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons drafted offensive guard Quinn Ojinnaka in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He appeared in 39 games - starting 12 - before being traded to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick on August 23. We may now know what "undisclosed" means thanks to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.

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Ojinnaka was released on Thursday and one of the first questions was naturally: "Do the Patriots still have to give up draft considerations/undisclosed draft pick?"

The question was asked to both the Falcons and Patriots on Thursday, because sometimes draft picks in trades can be "conditional", meaning that the player has to be on the roster, or play in a certain amount of games, for the trade to go into effect.

Neither side would confirm the details.

It is my understanding that the draft considerations were a straight-up seventh-round pick, with no conditions.

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Gaining a seventh round pick for a player drafted in the fifth round originally is a step backwards but the Falcons were fortunate to have solid line depth so getting anything for Ojinnaka - who ran afoul of the law and may have been cut outright - was a bonus. And there's always a chance the next seventh rounder could end up like their seventh round pick in 2000, Todd McClure.

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