Patriots, Cardinals, Redskins each get four compensatory draft picks

Patriots, Cardinals, Redskins each get four compensatory draft picks

Patriots, Cardinals, Redskins each get four compensatory draft picks

The NFL awarded its 32 compensatory picks on Friday, and along with the Cardinals, only the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins earned the maximum of four extra draft selections. Picks are assigned to teams through a formula weighting the number of players a team lost via free agency versus the number of free agents it signed.

The most important is the first-round selection from the New Orleans Saints, giving Green Bay two in the draft's opening round (No. 12 overall and No. 30 overall). As Over The Cap's compensatory draft pick cancellation chart predicted, the signing of Graham cancelled out the loss of safety Morgan Burnett in free agency a year ago. Carolina holds the No. 16 overall pick, the No. 47 overall pick (round two), the No. 78 overall pick (round three), the No. 100 overall pick (round three, compensatory), the No. 115 overall pick (round four), the No. 154 overall pick (round five) and the No. 188 overall pick (round six).

The extra compensatory pick gives the Chiefs a total of 8 picks in the NFL Draft, and the extra sixth-round pick is a nice asset to have for an aggressive general manager like Brett Veach.

The draft begins April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn. Factors are salary, playing time and postseason honors. Tight end Nick Boyle and defensive end Brent Urban, both pending free agents, along with defensive tackle Willie Henry were also selected with compensatory picks.

The big winners were the Rams, who received two third-round picks.

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