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Dolphins Awarded Compensatory Draft Picks

Posted Feb 24, 2017

The Dolphins were awarded three compensatory picks by the NFL, one in the third round and two in the fifth.

The Dolphins got additional ammunition for the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday.

The Dolphins were awarded three compensatory picks by the NFL, one in the third round and two in the fifth.

The third-round pick — the 97th overall selection —  was the highest compensatory pick given out to any team this year. The fifth-round selections will be the 180th and 186th overall, the latter being the last pick of the fifth round.

As of Friday, the Dolphins have eight selections — one in the first, one in the second, one in the third, three in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh — in the 2017 draft.

The three compensatory picks are the second-most the Dolphins have received, behind the four they got in 2003. It’s the fourth time the Dolphins have been awarded a third-round compensatory pick — three of the first four all came in 1997 when Miami used them on linebackers Derrick Rodgers and Ronnie Ward, and offensive lineman Brent Smith.

The compensatory picks are awarded through on a complex formula based on free agent gains and losses from the previous year, with playing time, salary and postseason honors all involved.

The transactions involved in the Dolphins getting three compensatory picks were the free agent losses of Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller, Rishard Matthews, Derrick Shelby and Kelvin Sheppard, along with the signings of safety Isa Abdul-Quddus and defensive end Andre Branch.

Note that “street free agents,” meaning players who were released and then signed by another team, don’t factor into the compensatory formula.

A total of 32 picks were awarded, and teams are allowed to trade them this year for the first time.

The Dolphins’ three compensatory picks represents the second-highest total in the league, behind the four given to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver and Kansas City.
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