A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2013 NFL Draft have been awarded to 16 teams, the NFL announced Monday. The league awarded the Seattle Seahawks two seventh round compensatory picks (No. 35/241 & No. 36/242). Seattle now has a total of four seventh round picks and 10 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The Seahawks lost Atari Bigby, John Carlson, David Hawthorne and Charlie Whitehurst to free agency last season and picked up Matt Flynn and Jason Jones.
The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 222 choices in the seven rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft (April 25-27).
Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
Seattle has been awarded 20 compensatory draft picks since 1994.