NFL distributes compensatory draft picks to 23 teams

  • By Associated Press
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NEW YORK -- The Carolina Panthers were awarded three compensatory picks for April's NFL draft after losing defensive end Julius Peppers to free agency before last season.

2011 NFL Draft compensatory picks
Rd
No./Overall
Team
3
33/97
Carolina
4
33/130
Tennessee
4
33/131
Green Bay
5
33/164
Baltimore
5
34/165
Baltimore
6
33/198
N.Y. Giants
6
34/199
Kansas City
6
35/200
Minnesota
6
36/201
San Diego
6
37/202
N.Y. Giants
6
38/203
Carolina
7
33/233
San Diego
7
34/234
Miami
7
35/235
Minnesota
7
36/236
Philadelphia
7
37/237
Tampa Bay
7
38/238
San Francisco
7
39/239
Philadelphia
7
40/240
Oakland
7
41/241
Seattle
7
42/242
New Orleans
7
43/243
Carolina
7
44/244
Buffalo
7
45/245
Cincinnati
7
46/246
Denver
7
47/247
Cleveland
7
48/248
Arizona
7
49/249
San Francisco
7
50/250
Tennessee
7
51/251
Dallas
7
52/252
Washington
7
53/253
Houston

The NFL allotted selections to 23 teams Friday, beginning with a third-rounder (97th overall) to Carolina, which also has the No. 1 overall choice after going 2-14 last season. Peppers had an All-Pro season with the Chicago Bears, and the Panthers also lost quarterback A.J Feeley to the St. Louis Rams.

The Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers each received two additional picks.

Overall, 32 compensatory choices were given. Teams landing one apiece were the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.

The Titans lost defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and tight end Alge Crumpler, but they added defensive end Jason Babin as a free agent, and he went to the Pro Bowl. Tennessee was awarded a fourth-round pick (130th overall) and a seventh-round pick (250th).

Green Bay's compensatory spot came because it lost defensive end Aaron Kampman to the Jacksonville Jaguars without adding any significant free agents last year. The Packers were given a fourth-round pick, one spot behind the Titans'.

Baltimore will pick at the 164th and 165th spots in the fifth round. The Ravens lost defensive linemen Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards.

The Giants got two slots in the sixth round after losing quarterback David Carr and defensive tackle Fred Robbins. Running back Chester Taylor and guard Artis Hicks left Minnesota, bringing the Vikings a sixth-round selection (200th) and a seventh-round selection (235th).

San Diego's compensatory picks (201st and 233rd) came for the departures of tight end Brandon Manumaleuna and wide receiver Kaseem Osgood. Philadelphia will have two extra picks in the seventh round for losing Babin and safety Sean Jones. San Francisco's two compensatory seventh-round selections came for losing wide receiver Arnaz Battle and offensive tackle Tony Pashos but signing Carr.

Since 1994, the first year that compensatory draft picks were awarded, 555 have been handed out. Baltimore has received the most, 31, and Cleveland the least, two.

Of teams in the league since '94, the New York Jets have received the fewest, five.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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