Compensatory picks to be tradable beginning in 2017

NFL clubs passed a resolution Wednesday to make compensatory draft picks tradable beginning in 2017, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

The NFL Competition Committee recommended the change last month and viewed the measure as a way to give clubs more flexibility in draft preparation.

The NFL awards compensatory picks to teams based on whether they lose more free agents that are determined to be compensatory than they acquire, with a maximum of four picks for a team.

Thirty-two compensatory picks were awarded to 14 different clubs in the 2015 NFL Draft, with the earliest compensatory picks slotted at the end of the third round.

The most famous player drafted with a compensatory pick? It's Tom Brady (2000), but he has good company. Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Larry Allen, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, was drafted with a compensatory pick in 1994. Former Eagles great Brian Dawkins (1996) and ex-Steelers star Hines Ward (1998) were also picked with a compensatory selection.

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