Patriots pick up four compensatory draft picks

New England now has 12 total selections.

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Bill Belichick answers questions at a news conference following Super Bowl LIII. –AP Photo/David J. Phillip

The Patriots picked up four compensatory draft picks Friday, boosting their total to a dozen selections for April’s draft.

New England gained two third-round picks for losing Nate Solder and Malcolm Butler to free agency, a sixth-rounder for losing Danny Amendola, and a seventh-rounder for losing Cam Fleming.

Of the reigning Super Bowl champions’ 12 picks, six fall in the top 101.

Bill Belichick now has a first-round pick (No. 32 overall), two-second round selections (No. 56 acquired from the Bears and their own at No. 64), and three third-rounders (No. 73 gained in a trade with the Lions and the compensatory slots at 97 and 101). In addition, New England has a fourth-round pick (No. 134), a sixth-rounder (No. 205), and four seventh-rounders (No. 239 via the Eagles, No. 243 via the Browns, No. 246, and No. 252).

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The three-day NFL Draft begins April 25.