Browns Awarded Four Compensatory Draft Picks - Now Have Total of 13 for 2012 NFL Draft


The Cleveland Browns are certainly great at something  - stockpiling draft picks. The team was awarded four compensatory draft picks on Monday, bringing their total for the 2012 NFL Draft to 13, the most since the team’s expansion year of 1999.

The Browns were awarded two picks in the sixth round (Nos. 204 and 205 overall) and two picks in the seventh round (Nos. 245 and 247 overall) and while that may not sound like a lot, value can be found in the later rounds of the draft. For a team that is going through a heavy rebuilding process, every pick is useful.

In case you were wondering, compensatory picks cannot be traded – the team either uses the pick or loses it. These draft picks are awarded to teams based on a net loss in free agency during the previous year. In other words, it’s unrestricted free agents lost against unrestricted free agents signed.

In 2011, the Browns lost Matt Roth, Chansi Stuckey, Abe Elam, Lawrence Vickers, Jason Trusnik, Eric Wright, and Floyd Womack. They signed Usama Young, Dimitri Patterson, and Brandon Jackson.


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  • Jimmy DiDago

     Here’s where Holmgren and Heckert are at their best. Our wr depth, ol depyh and special teams where absolutely horrid. The way to championship football, or, at least, competitve football is to build through the draft getting what you can at the skill positions, fortifying your depth, and letting the players that will not buy into the system walk for the extra picks to do so.
     It also doesn’t hurt that Holmgren and Heckert are master talent evaluators along with the fact that Homgren has now completed his FO and coaching staff with 5 proven offensive minds (himself, Childress, OC; Haskell, SA; Whipple, QBC, Gary Brown, RBC, and Mike Thomas, WRC); 3 proven defensive minds (Jauron, DC; Rhodes, SA; Dwain Board, DLC); 4 proven HC’s (himself, Rhodes, Jauron, and Childress); 2 excepyional talent evaluators (himself and Heckert); 3 more proven evaluators (Childress, Jauron, Rhodes); and up and coming young talent in Shurmer (HC) and Tabor (ST). I’m also fairly certain these evaluations are equal with LBC, DBC, and OLC, Just can’t name them off the top of my head yet.
     To be as impatient as we have been and working on intolerant is foolish. Our FO was non- existent in  team orientation and structure. This was Mangini’s biggest fault. Ditto Butch Davis and Phil Savage.
     It takes a few years to build up what we have going for us in the FO from the dysfunction of the past 8 years.’
     Now we have a top notch FO, coaching staff and talent evaluators in abundance, a deep draft in all our most needed areas and the picks to fill the most holes since 1999. Have faith…. This is not Policy/ Clark and a far cry from it.
     This will be the year that everything Holmgren has put together piece- by- piece will begin to gel.
     This draft, IMO, will be the one that we talk about for many years as the cornerstone of our return to glory.