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.