Pittsburgh Steelers receive compensatory draft pick

PHOENIX -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will have eight picks in the 2015 NFL draft after they were awarded a compensatory selection Monday by the NFL.

The Steelers received a seventh-round pick for losing more players than they signed in free agency last year.

Safety Mike Mitchell and running back LeGarrette Blount were among the Steelers' signings in 2014. Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders, who made the Pro Bowl with the Denver Broncos, and Jerricho Cotchery and defensive end Ziggy Hood were among the players the Steelers lost in free agency a year ago.

The Steelers have one draft pick in every round this year and two in the seventh.

They are not allowed to trade their compensatory pick, which is at the end of the seventh round.

The Steelers had three compensatory picks a year ago and used them on running back/wide receiver Dri Archer (third round), offensive lineman Wesley Johnson (fifth round) and nose tackle Daniel McCullers (sixth round).

All three made the Steelers but none played extensively last season.

The Steelers lost Johnson when they put him on waivers last October because they needed his spot on the 53-man roster due to an injury. The New York Jets claimed Johnson and he spent the rest of the season on their 53-man roster.