2012 NFL Draft compensatory selections announced

Top NFL draft prospects appear together for a photo opportunity onstage before the 2011 NFL football Draft in New York April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Monday afternoon, the NFL announced the 32 compensatory selections for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft (April 26-28), and Cleveland, Green Bay and the New York Jets received the maximum four compensatory picks while 15 clubs received at least one selection based on league rules.

Teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks. That number of picks equals the net loss of compensatory free agents to a max of four.

Three clubs — Atlanta, Buffalo and San Diego — each received one compensatory selection, even though each club did not have a net loss of compensatory free agents last year. Under the formula used by the NFL’s Management Council, 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).

By NFL 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. The Colts will have both the No. 1 overall selection and the 253rd overall pick, the “Mr. Irrelevant” selection for the final pick of the NFL Draft.

Clubs can not trade compensatory picks.

The 32 compensatory selections by round:

Round 3
Selection # in Round-Overall Selection # – Team
33-95 – Oakland

Round 4
Selection # in Round-Overall Selection # – Team
33-128 – Minnesota
34-129 – Oakland
35-130 – Baltimore
36-131 – New York Giants
37-132 – Green Bay
38-133 – Green Bay
39-134 – Minnesota
40-135 – Dallas

Round 5
Selection # in Round-Overall Selection # – Team
33-168 – Oakland
34-169 – Baltimore
35-170 – Indianapolis

Round 6
Selection # in Round-Overall Selection # – Team
33-202 – New York Jets
34-203 – New York Jets
35-204 – Cleveland
36-205 – Cleveland
37-206 – Indianapolis
38-207 – Carolina

Round 7
Selection # in Round-Overall Selection # – Team
33-240 – Pittsburgh
34-241 – Green Bay
35-242 – New York Jets
36-243 – Green Bay
37-244 – New York Jets
38-245 – Cleveland
39-246 – Pittsburgh
40-247 – Cleveland
41-248 – Pittsburgh
42-249 – Atlanta
43-250 – San Diego
44-251 – Buffalo
45-252 – St. Louis
46-253 – Indianapolis

The breakdown of the 32 compensatory selections by club:

Cleveland, Green Bay & New York Jets – 4
Indianapolis, Oakland, Pittsburgh – 3
Baltimore, Minnesota – 2
Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas, New York Giants, St. Louis, San Diego – 1

Since the start of compensatory selections for the 1994 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens lead the NFL with 33 compensatory selections. Dallas and Green Bay are tied for second with 30 selections. Houston, which began play in 2002, has the least with four. Among clubs that have existed since the 1994 NFL Draft, the Jets and Broncos have the least with nine each.

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