Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Awarded Two Compensatory Picks

The NFL announced which teams were awarded compensatory picks today and the Kansas City Chiefs received two picks. KC got a third-round pick, No. 96 overall and a sixth-round pick, No. 204 overall.

Here is a brief explanation of how compensatory picks are decided from NFL.com:

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 number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.

We knew the Chiefs were likely to get a high pick for losing CB Brandon Carr last offseason. You can’t get a much higher compensatory pick than the Chiefs got here.

The high pick certainly has to be factored in when thinking about how the Chiefs will approach the draft. Compensatory picks can’t be traded but the fact that the Chiefs now know they have a late third/early fourth-round pick means they might be more willing to package the picks they can trade to move up into the second if they so desire. Remember, the Chiefs are without a second-round pick because of the Alex Smith trade.

The sixth-rounder could come from the loss of Kyle Orton and/or the loss of Barry Richardson, who despite not signing a large contract, ended up starting the 2012 season for the Rams.

What do you think, Addicts? How do the compensatory picks change the draft for the Chiefs?

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