Bengals, Broncos, Chiefs big winners as NFL awards compensatory draft picks
The NFL released its list of compensatory picks in the 2017 draft, and the Bengals, Broncos and Chiefs lead the way with four extra picks each.
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— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 24, 2017
The Browns also received four, but their third-rounder will go to the Patriots as part of the Jamie Collins trade and one of their fourth-rounders will go to the Eagles as part of last year’s trade for the No. 2 pick.
The Broncos now have 10 picks in the draft, matching Washington for the most. The Dolphins and Rams, who had the fewest picks in the draft (5), both benefited from an additional two to three picks, including third-rounders for each team.
Big difference since Elway took charge: Broncos have had NFL-most 11 comp picks 2015-17. They had 0 comp picks in previous 9 years. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 24, 2017
— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) February 24, 2017
Teams losing more or better free agents than they acquire the previous year are eligible to receive additional picks, based on a formula that factors salary, playing time and postseason honors. The choices are distributed at the end of the third through the seventh rounds. This is the first year that teams are able to trade compensatory picks. The draft will be held on April 27-29 in Philadelphia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.