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Falcons Compensatory Draft Picks 2012: Just 1, And It's Not That Great

The Atlanta Falcons have been informed of their 2012 NFL Draft compensatory picks haul, and it's not going to make much of a difference. The Birds have picked up a seventh-rounder, the No. 249 overall selection, presumably for losing punter Michael Koenen to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Full compensatory picks list here.

Though Koenen is paid well (for a punter) and played all year, he's still just a punter. Still, considering the Falcons may have a better punter now who's much cheaper, and they'll at least get something out of losing Koenen, that switch looks to have been a good move.

The downside, of course, is that the Falcons still have very little to work with in the NFL Draft, thanks to the Julio Jones trade. They now have the No. 21 pick in the second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh round, along with that late pick in the seventh.

Based on the players they're working out and meeting, it looks like they're highly interested in cornerbacks and tight ends, with a possible late pick going toward a backup quarterback.

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