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NFL distributes compensatory draft picks to 15 clubs

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2012 NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 teams, the NFL announced Monday.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 221 choices in the seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft (April 26-28), which will kick off in primetime for the third consecutive year.

The first round will be held on Thursday, April 26 and begin at 8 p.m. ET. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. ET followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 28 at noon ET.

This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

Three clubs this year (Atlanta, San Diego and Buffalo) will each receive a compensatory pick even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year. Under the formula, the compensatory free agents lost by these clubs were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).

Thirty compensatory picks were awarded to clubs based upon the compensatory pick formula. By rule, two additional choices were awarded at the end of the seventh round to bring the total number of compensatory selections to 32, equaling the number of NFL clubs. The two additional picks were awarded to St. Louis and Indianapolis based upon the 2012 draft selection order.

Following are the compensatory free agents lost and signed last year by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2012 NFL Draft:

Atlanta Falcons
Lost: Harvey Dahl, Michael Koenen
Signed: Ray Edwards, Reggie Kelly

Baltimore Ravens
Lost: Chris Chester, Dawan Landry, Le'Ron McClain, Donte' Stallworth, Josh Wilson
Signed: Vonta Leach, Bernard Pollard, Ricky Williams

Buffalo Bills
Lost: Paul Posluszny, Donte Whitner
Signed: Brad Smith, Tyler Thigpen

Carolina Panthers
Lost: Jeff King, Richard Marshall, Matt Moore
Signed: Ron Edwards, Olindo Mare

Cleveland Browns
Lost: Abram Elam, Matt Roth, Chansi Stuckey, Jason Trusnik, Lawrence Vickers, Floyd Womack, Eric Wright
Signed: Brandon Jackson, Dimitri Patterson, Usama Young

Dallas Cowboys
Lost: Stephen Bowen, Sam Hurd
Signed: Abram Elam

Indianapolis Colts
Lost: Charlie Johnson, Clint Session

Minnesota Vikings
Lost: Ray Edwards, Ben Leber, Tarvaris Jackson, Sidney Rice
Signed: Remi Ayodele, Charlie Johnson

New York Jets
Lost: Drew Coleman, Braylon Edwards, Shaun Ellis, Brad Smith, Steve Weatherford

Oakland Raiders
Lost: Nnamdi Asomugha, Robert Gallery, Bruce Gradkowski, Zach Miller, Thomas Howard
Signed: Kevin Boss, Stephen Heyer

Pittsburgh Steelers
Lost: Nick Eason, Keyaron Fox, Matt Spaeth

San Diego Chargers
Lost: Kevin Burnett, Darren Sproles
Signed: Travis LaBoy, Takeo Spikes

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