By: Derek Havens
The NFL awarded teams compensatory picks for the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft on Monday evening. The New England Patriots received the 140th overall pick, the last selection in the fourth-round.
This came as a surprise to many, as New England was predicted to receive a sixth-round pick from the league. In a deep draft, which many believe selections in rounds 2-4 are the most valuable, adding a fourth-round pick can actually prove to be quite beneficial.
NFL teams are given compensatory picks based on a a net loss of free agents from the prior season. These compensatory selections cannot be traded.
The Patriots now have eight picks in the upcoming draft. The team traded their fifth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles last October for defensive tackle Issac Sopoaga and a sixth round pick.
Resetting the selections:
Fourth round (compensatory selection)
Sixth round (from Eagles Sopoaga trade)
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