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Seahawks Awarded Three Compensatory Picks, Head Into 2020 Draft Holding Eight Picks

The Seahawks will head into the 2020 draft holding eight picks after being awarded three compensatory picks on Monday. 


The NFL awarded compensatory picks on Monday, which means the entire seven-round draft order is now set.

By adding compensatory picks in the third (101 overall), fourth (144) and sixth rounds (214), the Seahawks now head into the 2020 draft with eight totals picks:

Round 1, 27 overall
Round 2, 59
Round 2, 64 (from Kansas City)
Round 3, 101*
Round 4, 133
Round 4, 144*
Round 5, 162 (from Pittsburgh)
Round 6, 214*
*—Compensatory selections.

The Seahawks hold their original first and second-round picks, plus a second-rounder that was part of the trade that sent Frank Clark to Kansas City. Seattle's third-round pick went to Houston as part of the Jadeveon Clowney trade, but the Seahawks do have a compensatory pick at the end of the third round. The Seahawks have their original fourth-rounder plus a compensatory pick in that round. Seattle's original fifth-round pick went to Detroit for safety Quandre Diggs (Seattle gets a seventh-rounder back from Detroit next year as part of that trade), but the Seahawks still have a fifth-round pick having acquired Pittsburgh's in a trade for Nick Vannett. Seattle sent its 2020 sixth-round pick to Jacksonville for last year's seventh-rounder, which was used to select receiver John Ursua, and the Seahawks' seventh-round pick went to New England for tight end Jacob Hollister.

Compensatory picks are awarded to teams that lost more or better compensatory free agents than it acquired during the previous offseason. The Seahawks lost Earl Thomas, Justin Coleman, Shamar Stephen, J.R. Sweezy and Brett Hundley in free agency last year, while the only compensatory free agents signed were guard Mike Iupati and kicker Jason Myers. New England received four compensatory picks in this year's draft, the most of any team, while the Seahawks were one of six teams awarded three picks along with Denver, Houston, Minnesota, Philadelphia and the New York Giants.

Eight picks are considerably more draft capital than the Seahawks had a year ago when, prior to trading Clark to Kansas City, they had only four picks. That trade with the Chiefs, which netted Seattle a first last year and this year's second-round pick, as well as several other trades during the draft, allowed the Seahawks to increase their total draft haul to 11 players. In other words, while the current total of eight picks is significant, don't be surprised if Seahawks general manager John Schneider tries to find ways to add even more.