NFL awards compensatory picks; Cowboys lead way with four

The NFL released its compensatory picks for the 2021 draft on Wednesday, with the Dallas Cowboys receiving the most with four.

The Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers each received three compensatory picks. Two teams — the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams — received two third-round compensatory picks.

The compensation formula is based on free agents who departed teams prior to the 2020 season.

There were 36 compensatory picks awarded in all this year to 17 clubs. The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs in the league (32), but this year four picks were added for teams which had a minority employee hired by another club as its head coach or primary football executive (general manager). They received compensation in the form of a special draft selection in the third round of each of the next two drafts, or in each of the next three drafts if two minority employees from the employer-club were hired for these positions by another club or clubs.

Here is the complete list of compensatory picks for the 2021 NFL draft, with the special compensatory picks noted with an asterisk:

Round 3

96. New England Patriots
97. Los Angeles Chargers
98. New Orleans Saints
99. Dallas Cowboys
100. Tennessee Titans
101. Los Angeles Rams
102. San Francisco 49ers*
103. Los Angeles Rams*
104. Baltimore Ravens*
105. New Orleans Saints*

Round 4

139. Dallas Cowboys
140. New England Patriots
141. Pittsburgh Steelers
142. Los Angeles Rams
143. Green Bay Packers
144. Minnesota Vikings
145. Kansas City Chiefs

Round 5

178. Green Bay Packers
179. Dallas Cowboys
180. Atlanta Falcons
181. San Francisco 49ers
182. Kansas City Chiefs
183. Atlanta Falcons
184. Baltimore Ravens

Round 6

217. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
218. New Orleans Saints
219. Atlanta Falcons
220. Green Bay Packers
221. Chicago Bears
222. Carolina Panthers
223. Minnesota Vikings
224. Philadelphia Eagles
225. Philadelphia Eagles
226. Carolina Panthers
227. Dallas Cowboys
228. Chicago Bears

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