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Seahawks Awarded Three Compensatory Picks in 2016 Draft
The NFL announced compensatory picks for this year’s draft, and the Seahawks were awarded three, bringing their total number of picks to nine. Seattle added a pick at the end of the third round (97th overall), the fifth round (171) and the sixth round (215).
The NFL awarded 33 compensatory picks this year, which are picks at the end of each round given to teams for losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquired the previous year. The picks are determined by a formula that is based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.
The compensatory free agents lost by Seattle last year were guard James Carpenter, safety Jeron Johnson, cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker O’Brien Schofield and linebacker Malcolm Smith. Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin was the only free agent added who counted towards the formula. Players who are cut by their previous teams, such as Cary Williams last year, do not count towards the compensatory formula.
Dallas, New England and San Francisco were awarded the most compensatory picks with four each. The Seahawks were one of four teams, along with Denver, Cleveland and Baltimore, to receive three picks. Seattle was one of four teams to be awarded a third-round pick.
With those three added picks, the Seahawks now have nine total picks in the 2016 draft, having traded a fifth-round pick to Kansas City for Kelcie McCray and a sixth-rounder to Detroit for Mohammed Seisay, while receiving a seventh-round pick from Dallas for Christine Michael.
Here are Seattle's nine picks in the 2016 draft:
1st round: 26th overall
2nd round: 56
3rd round: 91, 97*
4th round: 124
5th round: 171*
6th round: 215*
7th round: 225 (from Dallas), 247
* – Compensatory pickRead