DANA POINT, Calif. -- The NFL announced its compensatory draft picks today and the Patriots received three picks -- a third-rounder (No. 97 overall), a fifth-rounder (No. 170 overall) and a sixth-rounder (No. 207) overall.
The Patriots were awarded the choices based on losing free agents Asante Samuel, Randall Gay and Donte' Stallworth following the 2007 season.
Compensatory selections are picks that the NFL puts in after the standard 32 choices in each round. The Patriots' third-round pick was the highest of the 32 compensatory picks awarded by the NFL.
New England now has six selections in the top 100. They have their own first-round pick (No. 23 overall). Three second-round selections -- No. 34 (acquired from the Chiefs for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel), No. 47 (acquired in a trade with the Chargers during the 2008 draft) and their own pick at No. 58. Then they have a pair of third-rounders -- their own pick (No. 89) and the compensatory pick.
The Patriots now have a total of 11 picks in the seven-round draft. However, compensatory picks cannot be traded.
The number of compensatory picks equals the net loss of compensatory free agents for a team.
Compensatory picks are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by the formula.