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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