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NFL compensatory picks 2013: Lions projected to receive two extra selections

According to a projection, the Detroit Lions are expected to receive two compensatory picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.

J. Meric

Compensatory picks for the 2013 NFL Draft won't be announced for another couple months, but the expectation right now is for the Detroit Lions to get at least one. It actually looks like they could get two additional selections based on Blogging the Beast's compensatory pick projection.

In the projection, the Lions are slated to get a compensatory pick in the fourth round and seventh round. The fourth-rounder is for cornerback Eric Wright, whereas the seventh-rounder is for quarterback Drew Stanton.

If this turns out to be the case, the Lions will end up having eight picks going into the 2013 NFL Draft, barring a trade. Compensatory picks can't be dealt, so the Lions would for sure have picks at the end of the fourth and seventh rounds. Currently, they own their pick in each round but the fourth, giving them six for the time being.

It remains to be seen if this projection will end up being accurate, but it makes a lot of sense. The NFL bases compensatory picks on several factors, most notably the net loss of compensatory free agents. Given that the Lions didn't do much in terms of signing players last year, their reward will likely be a couple extra draft picks.

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