Patriots receive four compensatory draft picks

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots received a league-high four compensatory draft picks, the NFL announced Friday, which bolsters the team's assets in a year the league has stripped away its first-round pick as part of the Deflategate punishment.

The Patriots were awarded a third-round selection (No. 96 overall) and three sixth-rounders (Nos. 208, 214, 221).

Those picks were a result of the net between the free-agent losses of Akeem Ayers, Brandon Browner, Jonathan Casillas, Darrelle Revis, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Vince Wilfork weighed against the signing of free-agent defensive end Jabaal Sheard.

That leaves the Patriots with the following 2016 selections:

  • Second round

  • Third round

  • Third round (compensatory)

  • Fourth round

  • Sixth round (from Houston/Keshawn Martin trade)

  • Sixth round (compensatory)

  • Sixth round (compensatory)

  • Sixth round (compensatory)

  • Seventh round (from Houston/Ryan Mallett trade)

  • Seventh round

The team traded its fifth-round pick to the Houston Texans for Martin and a sixth-round pick. One of the Patriots' two sixth-round picks was traded to the Chicago Bears for linebacker Jon Bostic. The seventh-round selection dealt to the Detroit Lions for tight end Michael Williams prior to last season was a 2017 pick.

Compensatory draft picks can not be traded in 2016. In 2017, the league has passed a rule to allow them to be traded.