Ravens Get Two Compensatory Picks

Baltimore lost some key free agents last year, but also signed a few starters.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Categories: 2012 Offseason, Ryan Mink

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome has a couple more draft picks in his arsenal now.

Baltimore was awarded fourth and fifth-round compensatory picks at the NFL owners meetings Monday. They are the 130th and 169th picks overall.

There were 32 total picks distributed and Cleveland, Green Bay and the New York Jets got the most with four each.

It’s a good haul for the Ravens, who were given two fifth-round picks last year. It replaces the fourth-round pick the Ravens traded for wide receiver Lee Evans last offseason.

A team who loses more or better free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The NFL Management’s complex formula is based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

The number of picks a team receives, and what round they’re in, equals the net loss of free agents. The maximum number of picks a team can get is four.

The Ravens lost several big free agents last offseason in cornerback Josh Wilson (Redskins), guard Chris Chester (Redskins) and safety Dawan Landry (Jaguars). All three signed large, long-term deals and started 16 games.

The Ravens also signed a few free agents that ended up playing big roles. The main one was fullback Vonta Leach, who ended up going to the Pro Bowl.

They also inked left tackle Bryant McKinnie (started all 16 games), safety Bernard Pollard (played 16 games, started 13), and running back Ricky Williams (played in 16 games). All three were late bargain additions, however.

The players the Ravens released (wide receiver Derrick Mason, tight end Todd Heap, running back Willis McGahee and defensive tackle Kelly Gregg) do not count towards the calculation.

Last year, Baltimore was awarded two fifth-round compensatory picks that it ended up using to draft cornerback Chykie Brown and defensive end Pernell McPhee.

The Ravens still lead the NFL in compensatory picks awarded since 1995, showing that they perennially lose more high-profile free agents than they acquire.

That leaves their picks heading into the NFL draft as such:

Round 1: No. 29
Round 2: No. 60
Round 3: No. 91
Round 4: No. 130 (compensatory)
Round 5: No. 155
Round 5: No. 169 (compensatory)
Round 6: No. 186
Round 7: No. 218

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