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.