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5 best compensatory picks by the Falcons

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

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Jason Snelling was one of the better compensatory picks by the Falcons.

Fans get all excited about compensatory picks, but since 2007 the Falcons haven’t exactly hit the jackpot with the extra picks.

There have been some starters picked like the recently released Thomas DeCoud, some solid picks like running back Jason Snelling and some busts like Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier.

Here’s a look at the Falcons five best compensatory picks by the Falcons in recent history:

1. JASON SNELLING, RB: He was drafted by the Falcons in the seventh round (244th overall ) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Serving mostly a reserve role and as a spot starter, Snelling accumulated 1,420 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in seven seasons before retiring this offseason.

2. THOMAS DeCOUD, FS: He ascended to a starting role and made the Pro Bowl in 2012 as an alternate. His play tackling and ball skills diminished miserably last season. He was a third-round pick in 2008 (98th overall). DeCoud played primarily on special teams in 10 games as a rookie. DeCoud started at free safety the following season and was a fixture of the Falcons’ defense, starting 78 games before being released.

3. LEVINE TOILOLO, TE: He had 11 catches for 55 yards and 2 touchdowns in 9 games (2 starts) of his rookie season with the Falcons. The Falcons drafted the tight end out of Stanford in the fourth round (133rd pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

4. MIKE JOHNSON, OL: He was a third-round selection in 2010 (98th overall pick). He played in two games in 2011, spending most of the season on injured reserve. He played 16 games in 2012 as a backup tackle and a blocking tight end. He’d won the starting right tackle spot before being injured last season.

5. ZEKE MOTTA, FS/SS: He started one game before being placed on injured reserve before the final regular-season game against Carolina. Motta had surgery to repair a fracture of the C1 verterbrae in his neck. Motta suffered the injury during Atlanta’s 27-26 victory over the Redskins on Dec. 15. Smith said the recovery time for Motta’s injury was 4-6 weeks.

OTHER RECENT COMPENSATORY PICKS

– Tight end Martrez Milner was taken in the fourth round (133rd overall) in 2007. He spent one season with the team before being released on Sept. 16, 2008.

– Wide receiver Kerry Meier was selected in the fifth round in 2010 (165th overall). He spent the 2010 season on injury reserve. Meier appeared in 12 games in 2011 without recording a reception. The Falcons cut Meier prior to the 2012 season.

– Defensive tackle Travian Robertson was selected in the seventh round (249th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in 2012. Robertson has played in 12 games, primarily as a backup, over the last two season and has recorded 4 tackles.

– Free safety Kemal Ishmael was selected in the seventh round (243rd overall) by the Falcons in 2013. Ishmael was inactive for most of the season. He played in four games and made one special-teams tackle.

– Quarterback Sean Renfree was selected in the seventh round (249th overall) by the Falcons in 2013. He suffered a season-ending injury in the Falcons exhibition season finale and spent the season on injured reserve.

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It takes Dimitroff several picks to be able to get one good player. (Julio, trufant, etc.) I wonder if there is someone else out there that could get it right the first time.

MIckey Loomis comes immediately to mind, but NFL GM is a very tough and challenging position. There probably aren't more than 5,000 or 10,000 other people on the planet who would be able to come in and do the job better than TD. mellow.png

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Show me a guy who's kept their GM job for 7 years (no owners) with equal or less success and we'll talk.

LOL lack of success.

LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

But anyway....

Rick Smith has been the Texans GM since 2006.

AJ Smith was 9 SD's GM for 9 years

Ozzie Newsome was the Ravens GM for 11 years before winning his first SB as GM. It took him 10 years to win a ring in an executive role.

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LOL lack of success.

LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

But anyway....

Rick Smith has been the Texans GM since 2006.

AJ Smith was 9 SD's GM for 9 years

Ozzie Newsome was the Ravens GM for 11 years before winning his first SB as GM. It took him 10 years to win a ring in an executive role.

that's not really helping your argument, SD has done nothing for 9 yrs, texans only had 2 good yrs since they've been in the league & Ozzie is the exception
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LOL lack of success.

LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

But anyway....

Rick Smith has been the Texans GM since 2006.

AJ Smith was 9 SD's GM for 9 years

Ozzie Newsome was the Ravens GM for 11 years before winning his first SB as GM. It took him 10 years to win a ring in an executive role.

Smith has two playoff wins leading the youngest(12 yrs) franchise in the league. We didn't even make the playoffs until our 13th year

AJ lost his job after 2012, despite 8 straight winning seasons and multiple playoff wins, a 7-9 season and he was gone

Ozzie Newsome has a Lombardi trophy and 9 playoff wins since Dimitroff started.

Try again. Still need a guy currently holding onto his job 7 years or more with only 1 playoff win. You advocate patience don't you? It's working for??

btw Less success isn't "lack of success". Weak attempt to divert.

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Expectations for 3rd through 7th round picks around here. Oh my. Are any of you expected to hire minimum wage workers and turn most of them into management material at your jobs? It happens, but rarely.

Just like late round picks - sometimes they make the pro-bowl, but rarely.

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Snelling was a great one , and I have high hopes for Toilet. As far as a crap shoot the draft is I don't see the sample size being big enough to even make real judgement in the first place. Not sure why or how this could be used as a point for or against anyone.

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Smith has two playoff wins leading the youngest(12 yrs) franchise in the league. We didn't even make the playoffs until our 13th year

AJ lost his job after 2012, despite 8 straight winning seasons and multiple playoff wins, a 7-9 season and he was gone

Ozzie Newsome has a Lombardi trophy and 9 playoff wins since Dimitroff started.

Try again. Still need a guy currently holding onto his job 7 years or more with only 1 playoff win. You advocate patience don't you? It's working for??

btw Less success isn't "lack of success". Weak attempt to divert.

No weaker than your "show me a guy who has this exact set of specifications that only apply to a single GM in the league" ********.

And FTR, AJ Smith didn't lead a team with 8 straight winning seasons. He led a team that started 4-12, had 4 straight winning seasons, went .500, had another up year and three more years of .500 ball. Oh, and he cultivated a toxic FO environment chasing out a very good coach and replacing him with super retread Norv Turner.

And yes, Ozzie does have a Lombardi from last year....his 11th as General Manager. Guess how many playoff wins he had in his first 6 years?

******* zero. After 6 years he had a team that was 2 games over .500 with two playoff berths and two playoff losses, both at home.

Patience seemed to work out pretty well there....

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Smith has two playoff wins leading the youngest(12 yrs) franchise in the league. We didn't even make the playoffs until our 13th year

AJ lost his job after 2012, despite 8 straight winning seasons and multiple playoff wins, a 7-9 season and he was gone

Ozzie Newsome has a Lombardi trophy and 9 playoff wins since Dimitroff started.

Try again. Still need a guy currently holding onto his job 7 years or more with only 1 playoff win. You advocate patience don't you? It's working for??

btw Less success isn't "lack of success". Weak attempt to divert.

I don't buy into the 1 playoff win as much as most people do. When you look at who we played in the playoffs, and look at where that team ended up it makes sense to only have 1 playoff win. 49ers beat us and played in the super bowl, Giants beat us and won the super bowl, Packers beat us and won the super bowl, Cardinals beat us and played in the super bowl. One season we had 9 wins but didn't make the playoffs while in some years a team around .500 can make the playoffs.

The whole 1 playoff win argument is really a skewed statistic in my opinion. All the teams that beat us in the playoffs went on to play in the super bowl or won it. Obviously they were all great teams. If we had more playoffs wins by playing other teams those years but still didn't make it to the super bowl I don't see any difference. 1 playoff win, or 10 playoff wins, without the Lombardi at the end does it really matter?

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I don't buy into the 1 playoff win as much as most people do. When you look at who we played in the playoffs, and look at where that team ended up it makes sense to only have 1 playoff win. 49ers beat us and played in the super bowl, Giants beat us and won the super bowl, Packers beat us and won the super bowl, Cardinals beat us and played in the super bowl. One season we had 9 wins but didn't make the playoffs while in some years a team around .500 can make the playoffs.

The whole 1 playoff win argument is really a skewed statistic in my opinion. All the teams that beat us in the playoffs went on to play in the super bowl or won it. Obviously they were all great teams. If we had more playoffs wins by playing other teams those years but still didn't make it to the super bowl I don't see any difference. 1 playoff win, or 10 playoff wins, without the Lombardi at the end does it really matter?

I agree with all of this. At the end of the day, most of us want to see a SB (yes, most). Our team, from bottom to top, needs to do a better job to get there. My opinion is simply that if you look around the league since this regime was given the steering wheel, its ridiculous to conclude that we havent been in a much better situation than the majority of other NFL franchises. Clearly the people making the decisions have been doing somethings right to take a franchise with the track record this one had and turn it around to become a franchise that has been competitive and highly regarded.

We've gotten unlucky and we've been inferior to better teams. But if we stay in contention and keep adding pieces according to a plan, the likelihood of success increases. And if we don't return to contention, then maybe its time to bring in someone new to build on the pre-existing foundation.

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