Monday, March 18, 2013
Ravens top AFC with four comp picks
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens were awarded four compensatory picks by the NFL on Monday, which is the most in the AFC and ties the Atlanta Falcons for the most in the league. The Ravens now have 12 draft picks next month. Only the 49ers, who have 14 picks, have more than Baltimore.
Baltimore received one extra pick in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. The NFL gave the Ravens those four picks because they lost six unrestricted free agents last season (guard Ben Grubbs, linebacker Jarret Johnson, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney, safety Haruki Nakamura, defensive lineman Cory Redding and safety Tom Zbikowski) and signed two (safety Sean Considine and cornerback Corey Graham).
Since 1994, the Ravens have received a league-best 37 compensatory picks, which is six more than any other team in the league.
The Bengals were given two compensatory picks (both in the seventh round) after losing five unrestricted free agents (receiver Andre Caldwell, guard Nate Livings, guard Mike McGlynn, defensive end Frostee Rucker and receiver Jerome Simpson) and signing three (cornerback Jason Allen, defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis).
The Steelers received one pick (a sixth-rounder) after losing cornerback William Gay last season and signing none (tight end Leonard Pope wasn't factored in by the NFL).
The Browns didn't receive a compensatory pick, which continues a bad trend. Since 1994, the Browns have been given six compensatory picks, tied with the Texans for the fewest in the NFL.
Here's a breakdown of the compensatory picks in the AFC North:
Ravens: Fourth round (130th overall), fifth round (168th), sixth round (203rd) and seventh round (247th).
Bengals: Seventh round (240th and 251st)
Steelers: Sixth round (206th)