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Dolphins Pick Up Two Compensatory Draft Picks

Posted Mar 18, 2013

Ireland now has 11 draft picks to work with in April.

PHOENIX – Dolphins owner Steve Ross already was pleased to point out that his team had nine draft picks to use in next month’s NFL Draft, so imagine how much happier he is now to learn that his team awarded two compensatory picks.

Miami picked up an additional fifth-round pick (166th overall) and an additional seventh-round pick (250th overall) this afternoon when the league announced its full slate of compensatory picks. A total of 32 picks were awarded to 16 teams based on a formula that involves the number of free agents signed by the team last year versus the number lost during that same period. Last year the Dolphins signed cornerback Richard Marshall and lost cornerback Will Allen, quarterback Chad Henne and defensive end Kendall Langford, so the difference was two.

Since 1995, the Dolphins have been awarded 17 compensatory picks, with the most in a single draft (four) coming back in 2004. The highest overall selection was 92nd (a third-rounder in 1997) that was used on linebacker Derrick Rodgers. Pro Bowl safety Yeremiah Bell was taken with a compensatory seventh-round pick in 2003 and most recently safety/cornerbacks Jimmy Wilson was chosen in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft (235th overall) out of Montana.

Here’s a full year-by-year list of Miami’s compensatory picks through the years and how they were used:

1995
7b Shannon Myers (246) WR Lenoir-Rhyne

1996
7b Brice Hunter (251) WR Georgia

1997
3b Derrick Rodgers (92) LB Arizona State
3c Ronnie Ward (93) LB Kansas
3d Brent Smith (96) T Mississippi St.

1999
7c Joe Wong (244) T Brigham Young

2002
5b Sam Simmons (170) WR Northwestern

2003
5b J.R. Tolver (169) WR San Diego State
6c Tim Provost (209) T San Jose State
6d Yeremiah Bell (213) S Eastern Kentucky
7d Davern Williams (248) DT Troy State

2008
6d Lex Hilliard (204) RB Montana
7b Lionel Dotson (245) DE Arizona

2010
7c Austin Spitler (252) LB Ohio State

2011
7d Jimmy Wilson (235) CB Montana
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