The NFL handed out a total of 32 compensatory picks to 23 NFL teams on Friday afternoon, the league announced.
As you may or may not know, teams receive these compensatory picks based on the differential between outgoing and incoming free agents in the previous year. A team can receive up to a maximum of four based on the number of those free agents, one for each pick, and in 2011 the compensatory picks will be placed between the third and seventh rounds.
The quality of the pick is dependent a formula that's developed by the NFL Management Council "based on salary, playing time and postseason honors." (For instance, the Carolina Panthers lost Julius Peppers, who was quite good. They did not bring in anyone of his value. Hence why they got the 97th overall pick in the draft as compensation.)
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