The Baltimore Ravens have more ammunition for the draft in April, as they were awarded two compensatory selections Monday at the annual NFL owners meetings.
The Ravens received a fourth-round pick (130th overall) and a fifth-round pick (169th overall) in exchange for losing free agents Dawan Landry, Chris Chester and Josh Wilson before the 2011 season.
Now, the Ravens have eight total selections in with one in each round.
The way the league awards compensatory picks is based on a complex formula that includes personnel gains and losses. Thirty-two compensatory picks were handed out Monday, with the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and New York Jets receiving four picks each.
The fourth-round pick the Ravens received essentially replaces the fourth-rounder the team used when they traded it to Buffalo for wide receiver Lee Evans in August.
You may ask just how important these picks are? Well, last year, the Ravens received a pair of fifth-round picks as compensation for losses last year, and used one of the two picks to draft defensive end Pernell McPhee, who become an immediate impact player, finishing second on the team in sacks with six.
Here is the order of the Ravens’ eight selections:
Round One: 29th overall
Round Two: 60th overall
Round Three: 91st overall
Round Four: 130th overall
Round Five: 155th overall
Round Five: 169th
Round Six: 186th overall
Round Seven: 218th overall