Cleveland Browns get multiple compensatory draft picks

The NFL awarded 32 compensatory draft picks over 16 teams.

The Cincinnati BengalsCleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs were the big winners on Friday when the NFL announced that 32 compensatory picks have been awarded to 16 different teams.

Those four AFC teams were awarded four compensatory picks each. Compensatory picks are awarded to a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year. 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. 

The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

The Miami Dolphins were the only team awarded three compensatory picks, and the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks were awarded two picks each (the full list is below).

Starting this year, compensatory picks can be traded, a rule change approved by clubs in 2015.

The following 2017 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council for the 2017 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 27-29 in Philadelphia:

Round Round Choice/Overall Selection Team
3 33-97 Miami
3 34-98 Carolina
3 35-99 Baltimore
3 36-100 Los Angeles Rams
3 37-101 Denver
3 38-102 Seattle
3 39-103 Cleveland
3 40-104 Kansas City
3 41-105 Pittsburgh
3 42-106 Seattle
3 43-107 New York Jets
     
4 32-138 Cincinnati
4 33-139 Cleveland
4 35-141* Los Angeles Rams
4 36-142 Cleveland
4 37-143 San Francisco
4 38-144 Indianapolis
     
5 33-178 Cincinnati
5 34-179 Denver
5 35-180 Miami
5 36-181 Arizona
5 37-182 Kansas City
5 38-183 Cleveland
5 39-184 Green Bay
5 40-185 New England
5 41-186 Miami
     
6 33-218 Kansas City
6 34-219 Cincinnati
6 35-220 Kansas City
     
7 33-253 Cincinnati
7 34-254 Denver
7 35-255 Denver

 

The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2016 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2017 Draft:

 

ARIZONA Lost: Johnson, Rashad; Larsen, Ted; Massie, Bobby; Sowell, Bradley; Weatherspoon, Sean; White, Corey
  Gained: Branch, Tyvon; Mathis, Evan
     
BALTIMORE Lost: Osemele, Kelechi; Schaub, Matt; Upshaw, Courtney
  Gained: Watson, Benjamin; Weddle, Eric
     
CAROLINA Lost: Norman, Josh; Nortman, Brad
  Gained: Gradkowski, Gino
     
CINCINNATI Lost: Jones, Marvin; Lamur, Emmanuel; Nelson, Reggie; Sanu, Mohamed; Smith, Andre
  Gained:  
     
CLEVELAND Lost: Bademosi, Johnson; Benjamin, Travis; Gipson, Tashaun; Mack, Alex; Robertson, Craig; Schwartz, Mitchell
  Gained: Davis, Demario
     
DENVER Lost: Bruton, David; Davis, Vernon; Harris, Ryan; Jackson, Malik; Mathis, Evan; Osweiler, Brock; Trevathan, Danny
  Gained: Crick, Jared; Okung, Russell; Stephenson, Donald
     
GREEN BAY Lost: Hayward, Casey; Tolzien, Scott
  Gained:  
     
INDIANAPOLIS Lost: Fleener, Coby; Freeman, Jerrell; Lowery, Dwight
  Gained: Robinson, Patrick; Tolzien, Scott
     
KANSAS CITY Lost: Allen, Jeff; Branch, Tyvon; Daniel, Chase; Smith, Sean; Stephenson, Donald
  Gained: Schwartz, Mitchell
     
LOS ANGELES RAMS Lost: Fairley, Nick; Jenkins, Janoris; McLeod, Rodney
  Gained:  
     
MIAMI Lost: Matthews, Rishard; Miller, Lamar; Shelby, Derrick; Sheppard, Kelvin; Vernon, Olivier
  Gained: Abdul-Quddus; Isa, Branch, Andre
     
NEW ENGLAND Lost: Hicks, Akiem; Wilson, Tavon
  Gained: McClellin, Shea
     
NEW YORK JETS Lost: Davis, Demario; Harrison, Damon; Ivory, Chris
  Gained: Forte, Matt; McLendon, Steve
     
PITTSBURGH Lost: Beachum, Kelvin; Blake, Antwon; Johnson, Will; McLendon, Steve; Spence, Sean
  Gained: Green, Ladarius; Harris, Ryan
     
SAN FRANCISCO Lost: Boone, Alex
  Gained:  
     
SEATTLE Lost: Irvin, Bruce; Mebane, Brandon; Okung, Russell; Sweezy, J.R.
  Gained: Sowell, Bradley; Webb, J'Marcus

2017 COMPENSATORY PICKS

Cincinnati
4
Cleveland 4
Denver 4
Kansas City 4
Miami 3
Los Angeles Rams 2
Seattle 2
Arizona 1
Baltimore 1
Carolina 1
Green Bay 1
Indianapolis 1
New England 1
New York Jets 1
Pittsburgh 1
San Francisco 1
TOTAL 32

SUMMARY OF COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS, 1994-2017 

Baltimore
48
Green Bay 38
Dallas 37
New England 34
Los Angeles Rams 33
Pittsburgh 32
Philadelphia 30
San Francisco 30
Tennessee 30
Seattle 29
Buffalo 28
Cincinnati 28
Kansas City 23
New York Giants 23
Indianapolis 22
Detroit 21
Denver 20
Miami 20
Arizona 19
Jacksonville 19
Los Angeles Chargers 19
Atlanta 18
Tampa Bay 18
Carolina 17
Chicago 17
Minnesota 17
Oakland 17
New York Jets 14
Cleveland 13
Houston 12
Washington 12
New Orleans 10
TOTAL 748

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