Steelers awarded third-round compensatory draft pick

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.Updated 33 minutes ago The Steelers were awarded a third-round compensatory draft pick Friday by the NFL. The Steelers were among 16 teams that will receive a combined 32 compensatory picks for the NFL Draft on April...

Steelers awarded third-round compensatory draft pick

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The Steelers were awarded a third-round compensatory draft pick Friday by the NFL.

The Steelers were among 16 teams that will receive a combined 32 compensatory picks for the NFL Draft on April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Teams are awarded compensatory draft picks when losing “more of better” compensatory free agents than it acquired in the previous year, according to NFL rules. The picks are awarded in the third through seventh rounds.

The Steelers' pick is the 105th overall selection.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula that takes into account salary, playing time and postseason honors and was adopted by the NFL Management Council.

Last season, the Steelers signed tight end Ladarius Green and tackle Ryan Harris and lost free agents Kelvin Beachum, Antwon Blake, Will Johnson, Steve McLendon and Sean Spence.

For the first time, compensatory draft picks may be traded this year.

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