That’s what happened to the Baltimore Ravens, who on Monday were awarded four compensatory picks in April’s draft.
The Atlanta Falcons also got four selections for free agents they lost in 2012.
San Francisco, which lost 34-31 to Baltimore for the NFL title, will get three picks, as will Tennessee.
Compensatory selections have been awarded since 1994 to teams losing more or better free agents than it acquires in the previous year. Baltimore lost Ben Grubbs, Jarret Johnson, Brandon McKinney, Haruki Nakamura, Cory Redding and Tom Zbikowski, and signed Sean Considine and Corey Graham.
Atlanta lost Kelvin Hayden, Curtis Lofton, James Sanders and Eric Weems while it didn’t sign anyone in 2012.
The highest compensatory pick of the 32 awarded this year is Houston’s at No. 95 overall, followed by Kansas City at No. 96 and the Titans with the 97th spot.
The Texans saw star defensive end Mario Williams sign with Buffalo, while the Chiefs lost top cornerback Brandon Carr to Dallas, and the Titans had CB Cortland Finnegan go to St. Louis.
Collecting two picks apiece will be Houston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Kansas City, Miami and Seattle.
Green Bay, Indianapolis, the New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh each received one selection. The Colts’ compensatory slot will be the final pick, No. 254.
Since 1994, Baltimore has received the most compensatory choices, 37, followed by Green Bay with 30. Houston and Cleveland have gotten the least, six, but the Browns entered the league in 1999 and the Texans in 2002.
The 32 compensatory draft choices in the 2013 NFL Draft (April 25-27) awarded to teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year. The compensatory choices will supplement the 222 choices in the regular seven rounds of the draft, with picks positioned within the third through the seventh rounds based on the value of the free agent lost. Choices listed by round with overall selection in parentheses:
3 (95) Houston
3 (96) Kansas City
3 (97) Tennessee
4 (130) Baltimore
4 (131 ) San Francisco
4 (132) Detroit
4 (133) Atlanta
5 (166) Miami
5 (167) Green Bay
5 (168) Baltimore
6 (201) Houston
6 (202) Tennessee
6 (203) Baltimore
6 (204) Kansas City
6 (205) Oakland
6 (206) Pittsburgh
7 (239) Philadelphia
7 (240) Cincinnati
7 (241) Seattle
7 (242) Seattle
7 (243) Atlanta
7 (244) Atlanta
7 (245) Detroit
7 (246) San Francisco
7 (247) Baltimore
7 (248) Tennessee
7 (249) Atlanta
7 (250) Miami
7 (251) Cincinnati
7 (252) San Francisco
7 (253) New York Giants
7 (254) Indianapolis
Compensatory free agents lost and signed by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2013 NFL Draft:
ATLANTA Lost: Kelvin Hayden, Curtis Lofton, James Sanders, Eric Weems. Signed: None..
BALTIMORE Lost: Ben Grubbs, Jarret Johnson, Brandon McKinney, Haruki Nakamura, Cory Redding, Tom Zbikowski. Signed: Sean Considine, Corey Graham.
CINCINNATI Lost: Andre Caldwell, Nate Livings, Mike McGlynn, Frostee Rucker, Jerome Simpson. Signed: Jason Allen, Jamaal Anderson, BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
DETROIT Lost: Drew Stanton, Eric Wright. Signed: None.
GREEN BAY Lost: Matt Flynn, Scott Wells. Signed: Jeff Saturday.
HOUSTON Lost: Jason Allen, Mike Brisiel, Joel Dreessen, Mario Williams. Signed: Bradie James, Donnie Jones.
INDIANAPOLIS Lost: Jamaal Anderson, Pierre Garcon, Dan Orlovsky, Jeff Saturday, Jacob Tamme, Philip Wheeler. Signed: Mike McGlynn, Brandon McKinney, Cory Redding, Samson Satele, Drew Stanton, Tom Zbikowski.
KANSAS CITY Lost: Brandon Carr, Le’Ron McClain, Kyle Orton, Barry Richardson. Signed: Peyton Hillis, Brady Quinn.
MIAMI Lost: Will Allen, Chad Henne, Kendall Langford. Signed: Richard Marshall.
NEW YORK GIANTS Lost: Mario Manningham, Aaron Ross, David Tollefson. Signed: Martellus Bennett, Sean Locklear, Shaun Rogers.
OAKLAND Lost: Michael Bush, Jason Campbell, Samson Satele, Trevor Scott. Signed: Mike Brisiel, David Tollefson, Philip Wheeler.
PHILADELPHIA Lost: Juqua Parker, Steve Smith. Signed: Demetress Bell.
PITTSBURGH Lost: William Gay. Signed: None.
SAN FRANCISCO Lost: Blake Costanzo, Joshua Morgan, Madieu Williams. Signed: Mario Manningham.
SEATTLE Lost: Atari Bigby, John Carlson, David Hawthorne, Charlie Whitehurst. Signed: Matt Flynn, Jason Jones.
TENNESSEE Lost: Cortland Finnegan, William Hayes, Jason Jones. Signed: None.