The St. Louis Rams were already sitting in prime draft position with nine choices and two first-rounders before the NFL handed out compensatory selections Monday evening. Now, they have even more opportunity to add talent after the league awarded them three more choices for 2013 free-agent losses.
Heading toward May's draft, the Rams now have 12 picks after picking up a sixth-rounder (No. 214 overall) and two seventh-rounders (Nos. 249 and 250) from the compensatory process.
Breaking it down further, the Rams have two picks in the first round (Nos. 2 and 13), two in the sixth and four in the seventh to go with their lone original choice in rounds two through five.
Compensatory picks cannot be traded but having that many choices likely puts the Rams in position to maneuver around the board as they wish with those other nine choices.
In the official release the NFL sent out Monday evening, the Rams were credited for losing receiver Danny Amendola, safety Craig Dahl, center Robert Turner, receiver Brandon Gibson and cornerback Bradley Fletcher and adding tight end Jared Cook and tackle Jake Long.
Conspicuous by his absence was running back Steven Jackson. The Rams allowed Jackson to void the final year of his contract and he was declared an unrestricted free agent before signing with Atlanta. It's unclear right now if Jackson was not factored into equation or if his name was an accidental omission from the league's release. For what it's worth, Jackson was not counted as an addition in Atlanta's equation.