Denver, Cleveland, Cincinnati, KC get 4 extra draft picks

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NEW YORK (AP) Denver, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Kansas City each will get four compensatory picks in April¡¯s NFL draft while Seattle will have two additional selections in the third round.

The NFL announced the distribution of the 32 compensatory picks Friday.

Teams losing more or better free agents than they acquire the previous year are eligible to receive additional picks, based on a formula that factors salary, playing time and postseason honors. The choices are distributed at the end of the third through the seventh round.

Rule changes also allow the picks to be traded this year for the first time.

Miami received two compensatory selections while Los Angeles and the Seahawks received two each. Arizona, Baltimore, Carolina, Green Bay, Indianapolis, New England, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and the New York Jets also received a compensatory selection.

This year¡¯s draft begins April 27 in Philadelphia.

And he won¡¯t have to wait two years to play in the pros, either, like former Air Force and current Atlanta Falcons lineman Ben Garland had to do.

After Navy standout QB Keenan Reynolds was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens last year, the U.S. Department of Defense changed its policy for service academy athletes who are offered the opportunity to play professionally. Now, they can receive reserve appointments upon graduation and start their pro careers immediately rather than having to serving two years of active duty first.
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¡±That¡¯s just an opportunity you can¡¯t pass up,¡± Robinette said. ¡±The academy, it¡¯s rigorous and we require a certain type of person. It¡¯s not for everyone. But just having the opportunity to play football after that, it¡¯s dessert. It¡¯s icing on the cake.¡±