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Texans receive three compensatory picks

ORLANDO -- Part of the NFL's business today was doling out compensatory selections for last year's free agency period.

The Texans get three, one in the fourth round, one in the sixth round and one in the seventh -- the final pick in the draft. They'll have 11 draft picks this May, barring trades.

Compensatory picks are based on free agency losses the previous year. The Texans lost cornerback Alan Ball, outside linebacker Connor Barwin, fullback James Casey, running back Justin Forsett, punter Donnie Jones and safety Glover Quin. They added fullback Greg Jones, safety Ed Reed and punter Shane Lechler in free agency last season.

The league awarded 32 compensatory picks with Baltimore and the New York Jets each getting four. Atlanta, Dallas, Pittsburgh and St. Louis each received three just as Houston did.

These picks cannot be traded and are tacked onto the end of rounds. Houston's come with the 35th pick of the fourth round, the 35th pick of the sixth round and the 41st pick of the seventh round. The Texans, of course, also have the first pick in each round and the Raiders' sixth-round pick, which they received for trading quarterback Matt Schaub.