NFL Compensatory Draft Picks

Monday at the NFL owners meetings a total of 32 compensatory picks in the 2012 NFL Draft were awarded to 15 teams, announced by the NFL.

An NFL team can qualify for a compensatory pick if the team loses more or better compensatory free agent than it acquires in the previous year. Under these rules it makes the team eligible to receive compensatory draft selections.

The amount of picks a team qualifies for, is generated by the net loss of the compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. Compensation picks announced today will supplement the 221 selections in the seven rounds during the 2012 NFL Draft at the end of April.

As a standard, compensatory picks are placed between the third round and the seventh round. How the selections are determined uses a "formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors."

The compensation picks begin at the end of the third round. The only team receiving a third round compensatory draft pick this year, is the Oakland Raiders, who were awarded the (95 pick overall) including two other compensation picks in the next two rounds.

This year only three teams were announced four selections the Browns, Jets and Packers all picked up that total the maximum amounted. Other teams did not suffer a net loss in free agency like Falcons, Bills and Chargers but receive a compensatory pick.

Below is a matrix of all the compensatory selections in order:

2012 NFL Draft compensatory picks


Green Bay Packers Picks: 132, 133, 241, 243

Lost: Daryn Colledge, Brandon Jackson, Korey Hall, Cullen Jenkins, Jason Spitz

New York Jets Picks: 202, 203, 242, 244

Lost: Drew Coleman, Braylon Edwards, Shaun Ellis, Brad Smith, Steve Weatherford

Cleveland Browns Picks: 204th Overall, 205th Overall, 245th Overall, 247th Overall

Lost: Abram Elam, Matt Roth, Chansi Stuckey, Jason Trusnik, Lawrence Vickers, Floyd
Womack, Eric Wright

Signed: Brandon Jackson, Dimitri Patterson, Usama Young

Indianapolis Colts Picks: 170, 206, 253

Lost: Charlie Johnson, Clint Session

Oakland Raiders Picks: 95, 129, 168

Lost: Nnamdi Asomugha, Robert Gallery, Bruce Gradkowski, Zach Miller, Thomas
Signed: Kevin Boss, Stephen Heyer

Pittsburgh Steelers Picks: 240, 246, 248

Lost: Nick Eason, Keyaron Fox, Matt Spaeth

Baltimore Ravens Picks: 130, 169

Lost: Chris Chester, Dawan Landry, Le’Ron McClain, Donte’ Stallworth, Josh Wilson
Signed: Vonta Leach, Bernard Pollard, Ricky Williams

Minnesota Vikings Picks: 128, 134

Lost: Ray Edwards, Ben Leber, Tarvaris Jackson, Sidney Rice
Signed: Remi Ayodele, Charlie Johnson

New York Giants Pick: 131

Lost: Kevin Boss, Barry Cofield, Steve Smith
Signed: David Baas, Steve Weatherford

Dallas Cowboys Pick: 135

Lost: Stephen Bowen, Sam Hurd
Signed: Abram Elam

Carolina Panthers Pick: 207

Lost: Jeff King, Richard Marshall, Matt Moore
Signed: Ron Edwards, Olindo Mare

Atlanta Falcons Pick: 249

Lost: Harvey Dahl, Michael Koenen
Signed: Ray Edwards, Reggie Kelly

San Diego Chargers Pick: 250

Lost: Kevin Burnett, Darren Sproles
Signed: Travis LaBoy, Takeo Spikes

Buffalo Bills Pick: 251

Lost: Paul Posluszny, Donte Whitner
Signed: Brad Smith, Tyler Thigpen

St. Louis Rams Pick: 252


The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft will kick into swing at 8:00pm EST on Thursday, April 26.  The second and third round will commence on Friday, April 27 at 7:00pm EST, followed by the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh round on Saturday at Noon EST.

Oren Shiri is the Founder of NFL Draft Insiders.  Follow @NFLorentime