NFL Draft 2021: Full List of Compensatory Picks Released

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2021

The logo for the 2019 NFL Draft is seen on a banner in Nashville on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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The NFL released the full list of compensatory picks added to the 2021 draft on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers were among the biggest winners after receiving two picks apiece n the third round.

Here is the full list of picks added to the draft order:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Here’s the revised, and corrected, version of the 2021 compensatory draft picks that just went to clubs. https://t.co/WKLVp8EZ5B

Compensatory picks provide additional draft capital to teams that lost key free agents from the year before compared to who they signed. The totals are based on a formula that includes average yearly value of the new contracts, plus snap counts and postseason honors for the players, per Over the Cap.

The unrestricted free agents who rank in the top 35 percent of eligible players with this formula count toward the compensatory picks, giving added selections to the teams that suffered the most in free agency.

The New England Patriots obviously lost a huge piece in Tom Brady last season after the future Hall of Famer signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins also signed elsewhere.

New England received the top compensatory pick with the 33rd selection of the third round.

The Saints and Los Angeles Chargers also benefited after losing quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Philip Rivers

Meanwhile, teams were also given compensatory picks this season for coaches and front-office personnel from underrepresented communities. The 49ers and Rams were among those rewarded in this area:

MarkMaske @MarkMaske

The Rams and 49ers become the first two NFL teams to be awarded two third-round compensatory picks under the league's new diversity plan, with today's hires of Brad Holmes as Lions' GM and Robert Saleh as Jets' head coach.

The new rule comes with the hope these incentives will lead to more opportunities for a more diverse group of people in the future.