The NFL has released its 2017 compensatory draft pick list.

According to NFL Communications: “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.”

Beginning this season, teams are also permitted to trade compensatory picks based on a rule change that was approved in 2015.

A total of 32 draft picks were awarded to half of the league’s teams this year.

One of those teams? The New England Patriots.

The Rich Get Richer

Based on the above formula, New England was rewarded for their 2016 free agent losses of DL Akiem Hicks (Bears) and S Tavon Wilson (Lions). However, the team did sign LB Shea McClellin during free agency.

The Patriots received the following picks as a result:

  • Round 3 (103rd overall) — from Cleveland
  • Round 5 (185th overall)

Including these two new selections, New England now has eight 2017 draft picks in total.

You’re Too Kind, Atlanta

As Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald notes, there is an interesting connection behind the Patriots newly-acquired pick from Cleveland:

Since 1994, the league has awarded 748 total compensatory picks. New England ranks fourth with 34 of those selections, behind only Baltimore, Green Bay and Dallas.

The 2017 NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia, PA (first time since 1961) from April 27-29.

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