It's about that time in the offseason when the NFL usually announces a round of compensatory draft picks for various teams in return for free agency happenings from the previous year. On Friday the league let all parties involved know where they will be receiving their compensations, and the Lions were awarded with two compensatory picks. Detroit receives a 3rd rounder and a 6th rounder in the 2016 NFL draft; 95th and 210th overall.
NFL announces two compensatory picks for Lions: 3rd round (33rd in round, 95 overall); 6th round (35th in round, 210 overall).— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) March 11, 2016
The pick at 95th overall is the highest awarded to any NFL team, ostensibly for the loss of Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins. The New England Patriots had the second-highest awarded compensation at 96th overall. The Lions received the two picks based on the losses of both Suh and Nick Fairley last year.
Compensatory picks are awarded to teams based on free agency from the previous year. Teams are eligible to receive picks based on each of the free agents the team lost in the offseason. Whether a team receives a pick for a lost player depends on several factors, including the lost players' salary, playing time and postseason honors.
The Lions cannot trade away the compensatory picks; however, these picks will be able to be traded starting in 2017.
I believe that's 10 draft picks the Lions have this year now: 2 comp picks, extra 5th & 6th rounders from trades; traded away their own 3rd— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 11, 2016
You can read the full listing of the compensatory picks here.