Titans Receive Two Compensatory Selections in 2011 NFL Draft



NASHVILLE, Tenn. --** The Tennessee Titans were awarded two compensatory picks, giving the club nine total selections in the 2011 NFL Draft, the NFL announced today.

The Titans were awarded a fourth-round pick and seventh-round pick.  The team now owns a first-round selection (8th overall), a second-round pick (39th overall), third-round pick (77th overall) two fourth-round picks (109th and 130th overall), a fifth-round pick (142nd overall), sixth-round pick (175th overall) and two seventh-round picks (212th and 250th overall).

A total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded to 23 teams. The NFL Draft will be held April 28-30, kicking off in primetime for the second consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 28 and begin at 8:00 PM ET.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 29 at 6:00 PM ET followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 30 at Noon ET.

The Titans' fourth-round compensatory pick (130th overall) was the second-highest awarded this year behind only Carolina's third-rounder (97th overall).

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, 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 TE Alge Crumpler and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch and signed DE Jason Babin in 2010.

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 221 choices in the seven rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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, Seattle and New Orleans) 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).

Twenty-one compensatory picks were awarded to clubs based upon the compensatory pick formula.  By rule, 11 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 11 additional picks were awarded to Carolina, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Cleveland, Arizona, San Francisco, Tennessee, Dallas, Washington and Houston based upon the 2011 draft selection order.

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