NFL Announces 2018 Compensatory Draft Picks Given to 15 Teams

Arnold Nichols
February 24, 2018

Thirty-two compensatory draft picks were awarded to 15 National Football League teams Friday, and the Patriots landed a fourth-round selection, coming in at No. 136 overall.

The NFL officially announced compensatory picks on Friday, and the Giants get the extra fourth-rounder because defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins signed with the Indianapolis Colts during free agency previous year.

Prior to 2018, the Chargers have had five compensatory draft picks since 2010: A fifth-rounder in 2016, a seventh-rounder in 2012, a sixth-rounder and seventh-rounder in 2011 and a fifth-rounder in 2010.

In 2017 the Browns lost Stephen Paea, Terelle Pryor and Jordan Poyer in free agency but they signed Kevin Zeitler, J.C. Tretter and Kenny Britt meaning their net gain-loss was 0, hence no compensatory picks in 2018. The Raiders were one of four teams to receive the maximum number of Compensatory Selections, along with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers.

It means the Giants will have the regular allotment of seven draft picks.

With three selections, they did not get the most picks.

Compensatory picks, through a much-guarded National Football League formula, are awarded at the ends of round three through the end of the draft.

The Cowboys' haul is a direct result of the seven players they lost in free agency a year ago, including guard Ron Leary (Denver), safety Barry Church (Jacksonville), cornerbacks Morris Claiborne (New York Jets) and Brandon Carr (Baltimore), defensive tackle Terrell McClain (Washington), safety J.J. Wilcox (Tampa Bay) and defensive end Jack Crawford (Atlanta).

The additional sixth-round picks for the Raiders will be at No. 210, 212, 216 and 217. Denver's third-round compensatory pick was the only one they received.

The draft will be April 26-28 in Arlington, Texas.

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