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NFL awards compensatory draft picks to 16 teams

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2017 NFL Draft have been awarded to 16 teams, the NFL announced today.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the League (32). This year, four clubs: the Los Angeles Rams (one pick), the Green Bay Packers (one pick), the Pittsburgh Steelers (two picks), and the Arizona Cardinals (three picks) qualified for compensatory selections under the net loss formula, but will not receive those picks because the final numerical values of the CFAs who were lost by those clubs ranked 33rd through 39th among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections. Each of those four clubs will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

Compensatory picks may be traded this year. A rule change approved by clubs in 2015 permits compensatory draft picks to be traded beginning in 2017.

The following 2017 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council for the 2017 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 27-29 in Philadelphia:

Third round

Round Choice/Overall Selection

33rd pick of third round; 97th overall: Miami

34th pick of third round; 98th overall: Carolina

35th pick of third round; 99th overall: Baltimore

36th pick of third round; 100th overall: Los Angeles Rams

37th pick of third round; 101st overall: Denver

38th pick of third round; 102nd overall: Seattle

39th pick of third round; 103rd overall: Cleveland

40th pick of third round; 104th overall: Kansas City

41st pick of third round; 105th overall: Pittsburgh

42nd pick of third round; 106th overall: Seattle

43rd pick of third round; 107th overall: New York Jets

Fourth round

32nd pick of fourth round; 138th overall: Cincinnati

33rd pick of fourth round; 139th overall: Cleveland

35th pick of fourth round; 141st overall: Los Angeles Rams

36th pick of fourth round; 142nd overall: Cleveland

37th pick of fourth round; 143rd overall: San Francisco

38th pick of fourth round; 144th overall: Indianapolis

Fifth round

33rd pick of fifth round; 178th overall: Cincinnati

34th pick of fifth round; 179th overall: Denver

35th pick of fifth round; 180th overall: Miami

36th pick of fifth round; 181st overall: Arizona

37th pick of fifth round; 182nd overall: Kansas City

38th pick of fifth round; 183rd overall: Cleveland

39th pick of fifth round; 184th overall: Green Bay

40th pick of fifth round; 185th overall: New England

41st pick of fifth round; 186th overall: Miami

Sixth round

33rd pick of the sixth round; 218th overall: Kansas City

34th pick of the sixth round; 219th overall: Cincinnati

35th pick of the sixth round; 220th overall: Kansas City

Seventh round

33rd pick of the seventh round; 253rd overall: Cincinnati

34th pick of the seventh round; 254th overall: Denver

35th pick of the seventh round; 255th overall: Denver

The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2016 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2017 Draft:


Lost: Rashad Johnson; Ted Larsen; Bobby Massie; Bradley Sowell; Sean Weatherspoon; Corey White

Gained: Tyvon Branch; Evan Mathis


Lost: Kelechi Osemele; Matt Schaub; Courtney Upshaw

Gained: Benjamin Watson; Eric Weddle


Lost: Josh Norman; Brad Nortman

Gained: Gino Gradkowski


Lost: Marvin Jones; Emmanuel Lamur; Reggie Nelson; Mohamed Sanu; Andre Smith


Lost: Johnson Bademosi; Travis Benjamin; Tashaun Gipson; Alex Mack; Craig Robertson; Mitchell Schwartz

Gained: Demario Davis


Lost: David Bruton; Vernon Davis; Ryan Harris; Malik Jackson; Evan Mathis; Brock Osweiler; Danny Trevathan

Gained: Jared Crick; Russell Okung; Donald Stephenson


Lost: Casey Hayward; Scott Tolzien


Lost: Coby Fleener; Jerrell Freeman; Dwight Lowery

Gained: Patrick Robinson; Scott Tolzien


Lost: Jeff Allen; Tyvon Branch; Chase Daniel; Sean Smith; Donald Stephenson

Gained: Mitchell Schwartz


Lost: Nick Fairley; Janoris Jenkins; Rodney McLeod


Lost: Rishard Matthews; Lamar Miller; Derrick Shelby; Kelvin Sheppard; Olivier Vernon

Gained: Isa Abdul-Quddus; Andre Branch


Lost: Akiem Hicks; Tavon Wilson

Gained: Shea McClellin


Lost: Demario Davis; Damon Harrison; Chris Ivory

Gained: Matt Forte; Steve McLendon


Lost: Kelvin Beachum; Antwon Blake; Will Johnson; Steve McLendon; Sean Spence

Gained: Ladarius Green; Ryan Harris


Lost: Alex Boone


Lost: Bruce Irvin; Brandon Mebane; Russell Okung; J.R. Sweezy

Gained: Bradley Sowell; J'Marcus Webb

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