Patriots Awarded Fourth-Round Compensatory Pick

Derek Havens
March 25, 2014 at 08:00am ET

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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:

First round
Second round
Third round
Fourth round
Fourth round (compensatory selection)
Sixth round
Sixth round (from Eagles Sopoaga trade)
Seventh round

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