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Browns awarded three compensatory draft picks

The NFL's decision to award the Cleveland Browns three compensatory picks in the 2016 draft should bring the team's plan into focus.

The Browns are emphasizing the draft, and accepting extra picks awarded by the league is much the way the Ravens have done for years.

Baltimore has been successful with their extra picks; now it's up to the Browns to do the same.

Cleveland was awarded three picks in this year's draft, one in the fourth round (138th overall) and two in the fifth (picks 172 and 173).

The picks are determined by the league with a formula that measures free agents lost and gained.

Last offseason, the Browns lost WR Miles Austin, TE Jordan Cameron, QB Brian Hoyer DT Ahtyba Rubin, DE Jabaal Sheard and CB Buster Skrine and added TE Rob Housler and CB Tramon Williams.

Though compensatory picks cannot be traded until 2017, the extra choices give the Browns a little more freedom to work their way around the draft.

The Browns have 10 draft picks, two in the fourth round, three in the fifth and one in every other round.