Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Steelers shut out in comp picks

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have six picks to work with in the NFL draft later this month after receiving no compensatory picks from the NFL on Monday.

Two other AFC North teams were a little more fortunate.

The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals received four picks each, the most awarded to any team this year.

Baltimore lost four compensatory free agents in 2007, including star linebacker Adalius Thomas to New England, and didn’t sign any.

Cincinnati lost five free agents, including guard Eric Steinbach, who signed with division rival Cleveland.

Only four of this year’s picks were awarded in the third round – the highest level at which compensatory picks are given – as Washington, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Baltimore picked up extra selections at the end of that round.

A total of 15 teams were awarded compensatory picks as Washington, Chicago, Indianapolis and Philadelphia each got three selections. Buffalo, Carolina and Miami got two extra picks, while Atlanta, Green Bay, St. Louis, San Diego, Tennessee and the New York Giants were awarded one.

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