Patriots Aren’t Awarded Any Compensatory Draft Picks


March 26, 2011

The Patriots did not receive any compensatory draft picks Friday, meaning they’ll role into next month’s draft with the nine selections they’ve currently got.

The NFL awarded 32 compensatory picks to 23 teams, and it’s only the second time since 2005 the Patriots haven’t received any (also in 2008). The picks are awarded to teams that lose more or better “compensatory free agents” than it acquires in the previous season of free agency. Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors, according to the NFL.

Compensatory picks are awarded at the end of the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds of the draft.

The Panthers received a league-high three compensatory picks Friday, and they were the only team that was awarded a third-round pick (No. 97 overall).

The Patriots have received 26 compensatory picks since the formula was established in 1994, which is tied for the fifth most all-time, despite not receiving any in the 2011 draft.

Here is a breakdown of the Patriots’ nine draft picks now that their fourth-, fifth- and sixth-round selections have been officially determined.

First round: No. 17 overall
First round: No. 28 overall
Second round: No. 33 overall
Second round: No. 60 overall
Third round: No. 74 overall
Third round: No. 92 overall
Fourth round: No. 125 overall
Fifth round: No. 159 overall
Sixth round: No. 193 overall

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