Compensatory-pick HEAVEN!

For the second year in a row the Bills will receive the maximum number of compensatory picks in the NFL Draft with a league-leading four, though the last pick is really considered non-compensatory because it was given to Buffalo simply to fulfill the league's agreement with the NFL Players Association that 260 players will be drafted by NFL teams.

No matter. The extra picks give Buffalo a total of 11 picks, one less than it had last year. Since 1993, Buffalo is second in compensatory picks awarded with 20. Dallas is first with 23.

The highest pick Buffalo will garner is in the third round (97th overall pick) – for losing defensive end Marcellus Wiley. It's also the highest compensatory pick in the NFL this year.

Buffalo will also get the 250th, 252nd and 260th picks (all seventh-round selections) in the draft. The 260th is the final overall pick of the draft. Yup, that means Mr. Irrelevant is coming to Buffalo. And if last year's Bills draft is any indication, he'll make the team and probably start as a rookie too.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. In addition to Wiley, Buffalo lost defensive back Donovan Greer, and tackle Marcus Spriggs.

The 32 compensatory choices announced will supplement the 229 choices in the regular seven rounds of the 2002 NFL Draft.

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