Patriots get 4 compensatory draft picks, two in third round
NEW YORK (AP) — The New England Patriots will have the maximum four compensatory picks in next month’s NFL draft, including two in the third round, the highest possible round for such selections.
New England also receives two spots in the sixth round.
The other 17 NFL teams will not receive such picks.
A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks in an upcoming draft. Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.
Houston gets the highest compensatory slot at No. 97 overall, followed by New England at No. 98, the Giants with the 99th selection and the Patriots at No. 100. The Seahawks have No. 101, followed by the Steelers, Eagles, Rams, Vikings and Ravens to finish off the third round.
New England gained so many picks because it lost Malcom Brown, Trent Brown, Trey Flowers, Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, Eric Rowe and LaAdrian Waddle in 2019 free agency, while gaining only Brandon Bolden.