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Detroit Lions Projected to Receive Three Compensatory Draft Picks

The Detroit Lions have not received an additional, compensatory draft pick in the last five drafts.

For the first time in five years, the Detroit Lions are in line to receive compensatory NFL Draft picks. 

Awarded every season by the league, compensatory draft choices are determined based on the number of unrestricted free agents lost by an NFL team vs. the number of players signed by that same team. 

The performance of those players in their first seasons with their new teams is also factored in.

In 2021, Detroit moved on from wideouts Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Jamal Agnew, as well as kicker Matt Prater and linebacker Jarrad Davis.

In free agency, Lions general manager Brad Holmes signed running back Jamaal Williams and wideout Breshad Perriman, which counted against the number of picks allotted. 

According to the latest projection by OverTheCap, the Lions are expected to receive pick No. 97 (third round) for Golladay, pick No. 174 (fifth round) for Jones and pick No. 217 (sixth round) for Davis. 

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In his first draft, Holmes was able to select players who all saw the field during their rookie season. 

The organization will continue to count on young players, including those selected in the 2022 draft, to contribute this season. 

After factoring in compensatory picks, Detroit is on the verge of having eight to 10 draft picks in 2022, including three selections in the top 34.

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