One of the things that has made the Atlanta Falcons so successful over the last few seasons has been the team’s strong drafts.

The Falcons have found star players and depth alike as they’ve built on both sides of the ball.

Now, they’ve rid themselves of a couple of high draft picks who never quite met expectations. Defensive end Jamaal Anderson and wide receiver Michael Jenkins have been released.

Anderson, the club’s top pick in 2007, was a colossal error. He piled up 4 ½ sacks in four seasons with the team and was basically out of favor after his rookie season. He’s a big reason why the team is still looking for an edge rusher.

Jenkins played in Atlanta for seven seasons but never really shined. He was always more comfortable in a secondary role and with Julio Jones on board the writing has been on the wall for some time. He could find work elsewhere relatively soon. It remains to be seen if someone will try to resurrect Anderson’s career.

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