A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2012 NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 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 number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 221 choices in the seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft (April 26-28), which will kick off in primetime for the third consecutive year.
The first round will be held on Thursday, April 26 and begin at 8:00 PM ET. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 27 at 7:00 PM ET followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 28 at Noon ET.
This year, 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.
Three clubs this year (Atlanta, San Diego and Buffalo) will each receive a compensatory pick even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year. Under the formula, the compensatory free agents lost by these clubs were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).
Thirty compensatory picks were awarded to clubs based upon the compensatory pick formula. By rule, two additional choices were awarded at the end of the seventh round to bring the total number of compensatory selections to 32, equaling the number of NFL clubs. The two additional picks were awarded to St. Louis and Indianapolis based upon the 2012 draft selection order.
The following 2012 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council:
Oakland 33-95 (round choice / overall selection)
New York Giants 36-131
Green Bay 37-132
Green Bay 38-133
New York Jets 33-202
New York Jets 34-203
Green Bay 34-241
New York Jets 35-242
Green Bay 36-243
New York Jets 37-244
San Diego 43-250
St. Louis 45-252
Total 2012 NFL compensatory draft picks:
Green Bay 4
New York Jets 4
New York Giants 1
St. Louis 1
San Diego 1
Following are the compensatory free agents lost and signed last year by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2012 NFL Draft:
Lost: Stephen Bowen, Sam Hurd
Signed: Abram Elam
Lost: Ray Edwards, Ben Leber, Tarvaris Jackson, Sidney Rice
Signed: Remi Ayodele, Charlie Johnson
Lost: Nnamdi Asomugha, Robert Gallery, Bruce Gradkowski, Zach Miller, Thomas Howard
Signed: Kevin Boss, Stephen Heyer
Lost: Nick Eason, Keyaron Fox, Matt Spaeth
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