The Patriots picked up two compensatory selections in the 2015 draft. (NFL Game Rewind)

The Patriots picked up two compensatory selections in the 2015 draft. (NFL Game Rewind)

The NFL announced its compensatory selections on Monday evening. And in result, the New England Patriots now own the rights to a total of nine picks in the 2015 draft.

After accounting for the free-agent departures of LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Spikes, Dane Fletcher and Aqib Talib last March, as well as the free-agent additions of Brandon LaFell and Brandon Browner, the league’s compensatory formula delivered New England an additional third- and seventh-round draft choice to use this spring.

New England’s third-round compensatory pick will mark the first of its kind to be on the board May 1, and 31 other picks by 14 teams – including the Patriots – will follow through the end of the seventh round.

None of which are allowed to be traded. But New England’s placement in the 2015 draft order adds considerable flexibility.

  • Round 1, Pick No. 32 Overall
  • Round 2, Pick No. 64 Overall
  • Round 3, Pick No. 96 Overall
  • Round 3, Pick No. 97 Overall – Compensatory
  • Round 4, Pick No. 101 Overall – From Tampa Bay in Logan Mankins Trade
  • Round 4, Pick No. 131 Overall
  • Round 6, Pick No. 177 Overall – From Tampa Bay in Jonathan Casillas Trade
  • Round 7, Pick No. 219 Overall – From Tennessee in Akeem Ayers Trade
  • Round 7, Pick No. 253 Overall – Compensatory

The organization now has four picks landing inside the first 100 and five on day three, after a fourth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder were acquired in trades with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans during the 2014 season.