The Detroit Lions have been given two extra picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. Specifically, they received a pair of compensatory picks in the fourth round on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, giving them a total of eight selections for this year's draft.
Last month, the Lions were projected to receive only one compensatory pick. It turns out that the NFL decided to give them two, though. This was based on the net loss of Cliff Avril, Gosder Cherilus, Justin Durant, Drayton Florence and Sammie Hill. The Lions did sign Reggie Bush, Jason Jones and Glover Quin last year, but the net loss of two free agents worked in their favor.
With the Lions receiving two extra fourth-round picks, they now have the following selections in the 2014 NFL Draft:
- Round 1 - Pick No. 10
- Round 2 - Pick No. 13
- Round 3 - Pick No. 12
- Round 4 - Pick No. 11
- Round 4 - Pick No. 33 (compensatory)
- Round 4 - Pick No. 36 (compensatory)
- Round 6 - Pick No. 13
- Round 7 - Pick No. 12
It's worth noting that the Lions do not have a fifth-round pick thanks to the Mike Thomas trade from 2012. It's also worth noting that compensatory picks can't be traded, so the Lions will for sure use the 33rd and 36th picks in the fourth round. (Last year, the Lions took Devin Taylor with their fourth-round compensatory pick and Brandon Hepburn with their seventh-round compensatory pick.)