Compensatory picks a boon to teams

With a number of compensatory picks coming their way, teams such as the Ravens and Patriots were able to be more aggressive this offseason, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: March 12, 2007
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The press release is distributed at the annual NFL owners meeting with little fanfare.

Usually, the information in the release ends up buried in the notes portion of stories in newspapers and on the Internet throughout the country. It's routine and expected. The headline on the press release is always the same: "NFL Announces 32 Compensatory Draft Choices to xxx Clubs."

Within two weeks, the league will pass out this year's release and it will go relatively unnoticed. ...

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