Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Tavon Austin (West Virginia) is introduced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the number eight overall pick to the St. Louis Rams during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Rams Officially Awarded 3 Compensatory Picks

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Apr 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher (left) poses for a photo with 2013 first round draft picks Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree and general manager Les Snead (right) during a press conference at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Last offseason the Rams lost a few key players such as wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson. The Rams also lost offensive lineman Rob Turner, safety Craig Dahl, cornerback Bradley Fletcher and wide receiver Steve Smith. For those losses the league has awarded the Rams three picks in the upcoming draft.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices that were announced today will supplement the 224 choices in the seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

This year, the compensatory picks are positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

For the Rams, they received the 214th overall selection in the 6th round as well as the 249th and 250th overall picks in the 7th round. These picks cannot be traded but if the Rams wanted to trade one of their other picks away, they have these to fall back on.

With those compensatory picks the Rams now hold 12 selections in the upcoming draft. With this draft being, as some have said, the deepest draft in quite a while, having a dozen picks is  a luxury for a Rams team trying to build through the draft.

The Rams draft picks are as follows:

2, 13, 44, 75, 110, 153, 188, 214, 226, 241, 249, 250.

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