The Cleveland Browns were given four of the 32 compensatory picks awarded to 15 teams for the 2012 NFL Draft, the league announced Monday afternoon.
In addition to the nine picks the Browns had based off of their finish in the 2011 regular season and those acquired in trades, the team currently has 13 selections in the 2012 NFL Draft, which takes place April 26-28 at world famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The Browns were awarded the Nos. 35 and 36 picks (204 and 205 overall) in the sixth round, as well as the Nos. 38 and 40 (245 and 247) selections in the seventh round, as determined by the NFL Management Council.
The Browns hold rights to their own picks in rounds 1-5 and 7, but dealt the sixth round choice to Minnesota in a trade for former defensive end Jayme Mitchell in 2010. The Browns also own Atlanta’s first and fourth-round picks, as well as a fifth-rounder from Denver.
The NFL began awarding compensatory selections in 1994 and prior to this season, the Browns had earned just two of them.
Compensatory draft picks are awarded to a team who has lost more or better compensatory free agents than it acquired in the previous year. The number of selections given to each team equals the net loss of compensatory free agents, with four being the maximum. A free agent’s status as compensatory is based on salary, playing time and postseason recognition.
During the free agency period prior to the 2011 season, the Browns signed running back
While they signed three free agents in the abbreviated offseason in 2011, the Browns lost safety Abram Elam (Dallas), linebacker Matt Roth (Jacksonville), fullback Lawrence Vickers (Houston), defensive back Eric Wright (Detroit), wide receiver Chansi Stuckey (Arizona) and guard Floyd Womack (Arizona).
The 2012 NFL Draft gets underway at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 26. Second and third round picks will be made, starting Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The draft will conclude with the fourth-seventh rounds on Saturday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Browns Picks in 2012 NFL Draft
No. 4 overall
No. 22 overall (from Atlanta as part of 2011 Draft day trade)
No. 5 (37 overall)
No. 4 (67 overall)
No. 5 (100 overall)
No. 23 (118 overall) (from Atlanta as part of 2011 Draft day trade)
No. 4 (139 overall)
No. 25 (160 overall) (from Denver as part of Brady Quinn trade)
No. 35 (204 overall) (compensatory selection)
No. 36 (205 overall) (compensatory selection)
No. 4 (211 overall)
No. 38 (245 overall) (compensatory selection)
No. 40 (247 overall) (compensatory selection)