The Atlanta Falcons have had a fairly average off-season and free agency so far.
Barring the arrival of new head coach Dan Quinn from the Seattle Seahawks, the Falcons haven't been the topic of conversation too much. This could all be about to change however, with a punishment on it's way from the NFL.
Following a controversy that saw the Falcons admit to pumping crowd noise into the stadium when the opposition were on offense, they are looking at a potentially severe punishment, which could be the loss of a high draft pick.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff knows that something is coming from Roger Goodell and co, but the GM says he just doesn’t know what it is yet. Speaking in a radio interview on 680 The Fan, via the Atlanta Journal Chronicle, Dimitroff has admitted he is bracing for bad news, with the Falcons having multiple contingency plans in case.
“We are just so full of scenarios and that’s kind of how we approach the offseason as it is,” Dimitroff explained. “We’ve been very detailed on how we are going to approach things if in fact we have availability at certain points in the draft.”
8th Overall Pick Gone?
The Falcons were investigated for piping in fake crowd noise through the Georgia Dome’s sound system for the past two seasons. The violations turned up in the regular league audit of sound levels.
The Falcons could be fined and possibly lose a draft choice. However, the league released the draft order on Tuesday and all of the Falcons’ eight picks for the 2015 draft were listed.
Currently speculation has the Falcons losing anything from their 8th overall pick on April 30th to a third rounder. Losing a first round pick would be incredibly harmful to Atlanta's chances of improving next year.
The Falcons had an atrocious 2014 which culminated in Mike Smith losing his job. The team needs a fair bit of work doing to it, and that first rounder would have gone a long way to improving either the offense or defense.