Patriots Receive Three Compensatory Picks

The NFL announced the awarding of Compensatory Draft Picks today and the Patriots were the big winners, garnering three picks. Compensatory picks are awarded to those teams that lost more quality free agents than they gained.

The Patriots were awarded picks #97(3rd Rd), #170(5th Rd), and #207(6th Rd). Pick #97, received on account of the loss of Asante Samuel, is the top compensatory pick in the draft. The other picks were received as compensation for the loss of Donte Stallworth and Randall Gay, respectively. We projected earlier that the Patriots would receive a 3rd, 4th, and 6th, so we were definitely in the ballpark.

With the addition of #97 to its arsenal, the Patriots now have six picks in the top 100 at their disposal, and 12 picks total. If Bill Belichick continues his current trend, he will roll some of those picks into next year’s draft, but it is safe to say we will be seeing some exciting fresh faces in Foxboro this fall.

Compensatory picks have been very kind to the Patriots, with Tom Brady being landed with one at pick #199. Since compensatory picks can’t be traded, who would you pick with #97?

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4 Responses to “Patriots Receive Three Compensatory Picks”

  1. David M says:

    Sounds like you have the right idea about Belichick swinging some trades to transfer picks to next year. The pats just dont have that many great holes to fill, which cannot be addressed with 2nd rounders or beyond. I think they might try to trade out of the 1st round pick. Get one for next year!I just created my hybrid mock draft page for the patriots and would appreciate it if you guys took a look!Thanks,http://www.NFLdraftblogger.com

  2. Admin says:

    I could write a whole article on that, but in the mean time, google “adamJT13” and read that guys articles.

  3. Anonymous says:

    How are compensatory picks awarded?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’d hope that Shonn Greene is still around.

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