The NFL awarded compensatory draft picks on Friday afternoon, and the Washington Redskins received four of them.
Washington earned the highest pick in the third round, plus one in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, respectively. With the trade for Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix losing them a fourth-round pick, and the supplemental draft addition of Adonis Alexander losing them a sixth-rounder, the Redskins now have nine total picks in this year’s NFL Draft.
In the exact breakdown of the picks, the Redskins have the 33rd pick in the third round (96th overall), the 35th pick in the fifth round (173rd overall), the 34th pick in the sixth round (206th overall) and the 39th pick in the seventh round (253rd overall).
Washington has the four picks based on the amount of big-name free agents lost last offseason, including Kirk Cousins, which likely accounts for the highest third-round pick.
There are multiple reasons for why teams are awarded compensatory picks, which is detailed by Over The Cap.
“As the NFL explains, compensatory picks are awarded to teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they acquire. The number of picks a team can receive equals the net loss of compensatory free agents, up to a maximum of four. Compensatory free agents are determined by a secret formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. Not every free agent lost or signed is covered by the formula.”
The Redskins still hold the 15th-overall pick in the first round, and their nine total selections is one more than they had last season.