Titans Awarded Three Compensatory Draft Picks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans were awarded three compensatory picks, giving the club nine total selections in the 2010 NFL Draft, the NFL announced today. A total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded to 19 teams.

The 2010 NFL Draft will be held April 22-24.

The Titans were awarded a third-round pick (97th overall), sixth-round pick (207th overall) and seventh-round pick (241st overall).  The team now owns a first-round selection (16th overall), two third-round picks, one pick in rounds four and five and two picks in rounds six and seven. Tennessee traded its 2010 second-round pick to New England last year to draft tight end Jared Cook.

Under terms of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The Titans lost Chris Carr, Albert Haynesworth, Brandon Jones, Eric King, Daniel Loper and Chris Simms. They signed Jovan Haye, Mark Jones and Nate Washington.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.  The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 223 choices in the seven rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft (April 22-24).  This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.  The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council.  Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula. 

Three clubs this year (Oakland, Miami and Tampa Bay) will each receive a compensatory pick even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year.  Under the formula, the compensatory free agents lost by these clubs were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).

Thirty compensatory picks were awarded to clubs based upon the compensatory pick formula.  By rule, two additional choices were awarded at the end of the seventh round to bring the total number of compensatory selections to 32, equaling the number of NFL clubs.  The two additional picks were awarded to St. Louis and Detroit based upon the 2010 draft selection order.

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