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NFL announces compensatory draft picks; Lions get 3rd and 6th rounders

The Lions will receive the 95th and 210th overall picks in the 2016 NFL draft.

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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.


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.


You can read the full listing of the compensatory picks here.