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NFC North compensatory picks awarded

ORLANDO, Fla. -- I'm coming through on half of my early-morning promise. We won't get a glimpse of the 2010 schedule until Tuesday, but ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the entire list of 2010 compensatory draft picks awarded to each team. (Remember: The exact formula is unknown, but in essence teams receive compensatory picks if their previous year's free-agent losses outweigh their free-agent gains.)

Here's how it breaks down for the NFC North:

  • Minnesota and Green Bay each received an extra fifth-round pick. The Vikings' will be No. 167 overall and the Packers' will be No. 169.

  • Detroit received an extra seventh-round pick. It will be the No. 255 overall and should be the final pick of the draft. In that case, Mr. Irrelevant will be coming to Detroit.

As you might recall, the Vikings' pick is based on losing center Matt Birk and safety Darren Sharper while signing cornerback Karl Paymah. The Packers received their pick mostly because defensive tackle Colin Cole signed with Seattle.

Technically, the Lions' seventh-round pick is not considered a compensatory pick. As our blog friend Adam JT13 points out, the compensatory program requires 32 additional picks to be distributed. If fewer are awarded based on free agent gains and losses, the league awards the remaining picks to teams based on draft order. The Lions received one of those remaining picks.