Bears Receive Compensatory Draft Choice

LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears received a sixth-round compensatory pick in the 2002 NFL Draft Monday. The NFL awarded 32 compensatory choices in the 2002 draft to teams, which suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last season. Seventeen of the 32 teams received compensatory choices Monday.

The Bears were awarded one of six sixth-round picks (38th pick of the sixth round, 210th overall) for Losing Todd Perry and Casey Wiegmann and signing Brad Maynard last year.

The only six-round picks drafted by the Bears who finished last season on the Chicago roster were long-snapper Patrick Mannelly (1998) and kicker Paul Edinger (2000).

Of the remaining compensatory selections, two are third-round picks, four are in both the fourth- and fifth-rounds and 16 choices are in the seventh-round.

Compensatory picks cannot be traded. Buffalo was awarded four of the 32 compensatory selections while Baltimore, Detroit, San Francisco and Tampa Bay each received three.

The Bears' eight choices will come in Rounds 1 (29th overall), 2 (63rd), 3 (93rd), 4 (129th), 5 (165), and 6 (199, 203 and 210). They acquired their first sixth-round pick and dealt away a seventh-round selection (241st) in last year's Cade McNown trade with Miami.

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