As if the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft wasn't already exciting, with the Kansas City Chiefs holding the No. 1 overall pick, the team was awarded two additional compensatory picks (occuring in the third and sixth rounds) as well, the league announced Monday.
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.
Here's a look at the compensatory free agents the Chiefs either signed or lost in 2012:
RB Peyton Hillis
QB Brady Quinn
DB Brandon Carr
RB Le'Ron McClain
QB Kyle Orton
OL Barry Richardson
The NFL Management Council uses a number of factors when looking at players lost and signed in free agency, including playing time, salary and postseason honors.
The Chiefs picks will occur in the third round (34th pick, 96th overall), as well as the sixth round (36th pick, 204th overall), during the Draft, held April 25-27, 2013.
The NFL Draft's first round kicks off on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 PM CT. The second and third rounds are slated for Friday, April 26 at 5:30 PM CT, followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 AM CT.
When late April finally arrives, it's great to know Chiefs general manager John Dorsey's team has a plan of attack to "hit it in the Draft," as he told Chiefs reporter Rachel Santschi.
Footnote: Including this year, the Chiefs have received a total of 15 compensatory draft picks, since the formula was installed in 1994, ranking 25th, among the NFL's 32 teams. The Baltimore Ravens have been awarded a total of 37 compensatory draft picks, the most in the NFL.
Previous Chiefs Compensatory Draft Picks (13)
2011 – NT Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss (6th round, 199th overall)
2009 – K Ryan Succop, South Carolina (7th round, 256th overall)
2005 – P Dustin Colquitt, Tennessee (3rd round, 99th overall)
2003 – S Willie Pile, Virginia Tech (7th round, 252nd overall)
2001 – DT Terdell Sands, UT-Chattanooga (7th round, 243rd overall)
2000 – CB Pat Dennis, Louisiana-Monroe (5th round, 162nd overall)
1998 – FB Ernest Blackwell, Missouri (7th round, 224th overall)
1997 – RB June Henley, Kansas (5th round, 163rd overall)
1997 – WR Isaac Byrd, Kansas (6th round, 195th overall)
1996 – DB/KR Darrell Williams, Tennessee State (7th round, 245th overall)
1995 – LB Jerrott Willard, California (5th round, 164th overall)
1995 – DT Bryan Proby, Arizona State (6th round, 202nd overall)
1995 – DT/G Tom Barndt, Pittsburgh (6th round, 207th overall)