As the NFL free-agency period churns to a slow grind, teams around the league are turning their focus to the draft, which is less than a month away.

The first round of the draft will be held April 25. Rounds 2 and 3 are set for April 26 and rounds 4-7 for April 27.

The Falcons, who figure to load up on defensive players, have 11 picks. While the top of the draft lacks the star power of last season, with no superstar quarterback prospect, the draft is considered deep at several positions.

“It’s exciting to see that it’s a nice group of defensive players,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “Both lines, offensively and defensively, there are a number of players that can be impactful for a lot of teams. It’s a nice safety group. In all, I believe that it’s a good group of talent across the board.”

Here’s a look at some of the issues, a month out:

Draft slots: The Falcons hold 11 picks in the draft. They will pick 30th in the first round and 28th in the second (60th overall). Their other picks: third round (30th/92nd overall), fourth round (30th/127th; 36th/133rd, compensatory), fifth round (30th/163rd), sixth round (30th/198th), seventh round (30th/236th; 37th/243rd, compensatory; 38th/244th, compensatory; and 43rd/249th, compensatory.)

Compensatory picks can’t be traded.

Mock drafts: Draft analysts are all over the board on who the Falcons will take with the 30th pick.

Todd McShay of ESPN and Charles Davis and Gil Brandt of have them selecting Stanford tight end Zach Ertz. Mel Kiper of ESPN and Bucky Brooks of have them taking Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner.

Former NFL general manager Charlie Casserly, an NFL Network analyst, has the Falcons selecting Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant.