PHOENIX – The Detroit Lions were awarded two compensatory draft picks – a fourth-rounder and a seventh-rounder – for losing Eric Wright and Drew Stanton in free agency last year, the NFL announced today.
The picks are the No. 132 overall in the fourth round and No. 245 overall in the seventh round, bumping the Lions total number of picks up to eight in next month’s NFL Draft.
The fourth-round pick replaces the one they lost when they traded up in the fifth round last year to select linebacker Tahir Whitehead.
“It’s like those commercials, more is better than less,” Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said today when asked about the possibility of getting a compensatory pick.
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.
Thus far, Detroit has been awarded 15 compensatory picks since 1994, when the NFL began awarding compensatory picks based on a complicated free agency.
The last time the Lions received a compensatory pick was in 2006 (seventh round). The last time the team received a compensatory pick as high as the fourth round was 2002. That year they received fourth- and seventh-round picks.
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