Saints or Rams could snag draft picks from Falcons’ GM hire

• A team that loses a minority assistant coach who becomes a head coach or loses a personnel executive who becomes a general manager will receive third-round compensatory picks in each of the next two drafts.

• A team that loses two minority staffers to head coach and general manager positions would receive three third-round picks.

The rules were adopted to help the NFL improve its diversity in its hiring practices.

“I think that’s how we’ve made progress over the past several years,” Goodell told reporters during conference call on Tuesday that followed the virtual NFL owners meeting. “It’s continually keeping a focus on this, adapting, looking to see what areas we can improve on, and that constant evolution of improvement, to try to make sure we’re doing everything appropriate to give minorities an opportunity to advance in the head coaching ranks or the coaching ranks in general, in personnel and other football areas, to well beyond that. To the people at the league office here, to club levels, this is an important initiative of the NFL.”

Falcons owner Arthur Blank promised to have a diverse and inclusive search for both the general manager and head coach vacancies.

“You have to do the research,” Blank said. “I do think, this is a credit to the league, to the candidates and I would say the NFL in general, the extent of the qualified diverse candidates in my opinion for both positions…

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