Four Compensatory Picks Awarded to Ravens

As was expected since the beginning of the off-season, the NFL granted four extra draft choices to the Baltimore Ravens, for the 2003 draft. The Ravens have received sandwich picks in the fourth (134) and fifth rounds (173), in addition to two picks in the seventh round (250, 258).

The picks were handed out to the Ravens due to their net losses of four unrestricted free-agents: Duane Starks, Lional Dalton, Patrick Johnson and Corey Harris. Starks' departure yielded to an extra fourth-round selection coming Baltimore's way, because the cornerback signed a five-year deal worth close to $5 million per season; one of the more lucrative deals struck during the 2002 off-season.

 

The four compensatory selections which the Ravens will receive are the most that this franchise has been rewarded with in its seven-year history. Last year, the organization received three extra sixth-round selections due to losing unrestricted free-agents Priest Holmes, Jeff Mitchell and Kim Herring in the 2001 off-season.

 

In addition to the seven picks that the Ravens already had going into the upcoming draft, the club will now have a total of 11 picks. Although all NFL teams are prohibited from trading their compensatory selections, with an extra fourth-round draft pick, the Ravens have some leeway to use their original fourth or third-round selection to move up in the draft, if need be. In all likelihood, though, look for the team to keep all of their picks handy in order to augment the roster.

 


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