After big splash last year, Falcons going low key

2:36 PM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons made quite a splash in last year's NFL draft. This year, they'll likely spend a lot of time sitting around.

The Falcons are one of three teams that did not have a pick in Thursday night's first round. Considering what they gave up to get receiver Julio Jones in 2011, there's little chance of the team moving up to make another high-profile selection. Atlanta dealt away its first- and fourth-round picks this year to land Jones, which means its top pick will come in the second round, at No. 55 overall.

For now, the Falcons have just six picks in the seven-round, three-day draft. It might be even less if they work out a deal for Philadelphia cornerback Asante Samuel, who's on the trading block.

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