Browns receive four compensatory picks for 2017 draft
By: Andrew Gribble, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 24, 2017 at 4:45 PM
BEREA, Ohio – The Browns on Friday were rewarded four compensatory picks for the 2017 NFL Draft, elevating their total number of selections into double digits for the third consecutive year.
Cleveland received an additional selection in the third round (39th, 103rd overall), two in the fourth (33rd, 139th and 36th, 142nd) and one in the fifth (38th, 183rd). The third-round selection and one of the fourth-round picks are owned by other teams, though, because of previous trades. The Patriots hold the third-round compensatory pick per the terms of last year’s deal that sent Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. to the Browns. The Eagles hold one of the fourth-round picks (33rd, 139th) per the terms of last year’s pre-draft deal that included the swap of multiple first-round picks, a second-round selection and more.
All told, the Browns hold 11 picks in the 2017 draft with five coming in the top 65 and six others on Day 3. It marks the third consecutive year and fourth time since 2012 the Browns hold double-digit picks.
The Browns were one of four teams to receive four compensatory picks, joining the Bengals, Broncos and Chiefs.
The Browns, who did not receive a compensatory pick from 2013-2015, have acquired seven compensatory picks in the past two seasons. A team is eligible to receive compensatory picks when it loses more or better compensatory free agents than it signs in the previous year.
Thirty-two compensatory picks were awarded to various NFL teams, and they range from the third to sixth round. This marks the first year in which compensatory picks can be traded.
Cleveland’s 2017 draft picks:
12 (From Philadelphia)
20-52 (From Tennessee)
32-177 (From New England)