Chiefs awarded 4 compensatory picks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The worst-kept secret is now official with the NFL announcing Monday night the Chiefs were awarded four compensatory picks.

The Chiefs have a third-round pick (98th overall), two fifth-round picks (172nd and 173rd) and a sixth-round pick (217th) to add to six selections, giving the team a total of 10 picks for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Kansas City would have had 11 picks, but the Chiefs sent a fifth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for left guard Ben Grubbs on March 12.

The Chiefs join the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks as having four compensatory picks for the draft.

Kansas City receives the extra draft picks based on a complex league formula that compensates a team for “losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year.”

The NFL recognized under the formula the free-agent departures of left tackle Branden Albert, guard Jon Asamoah, safety Quintin Demps, defensive end Tyson Jackson, wide receiver Dexter McCluster and guard Geoff Schwartz.

The free-agent departures of linebacker Akeem Jordan and safety Kendrick Lewis were not compensated.

The Chiefs signed four unrestricted free agents in 2014 shortly after the start of the calendar year: Linebacker Joe Mays, guard Jeff Linkenbach, defensive end Vance Walker and cornerback Chris Owens.

Kansas City released Mays, who originally signed a two-year deal, and Walker, who signed a three-year deal, before the start of the 2015 calendar year.

Linkenbach and Owens, both of whom signed one-year deals, remain unsigned as unrestricted free agents.

UPDATE: The NFL on Tuesday evening announced the complete draft order. Below is how the Chiefs are slotted, barring a trade. The 2015 NFL Draft kicks off on April 30 and concludes May 2. 

Round

Pick Overall

1

18

2

17

49

3

16

80

3

34

98 *

4

19

118

5

36

172 *

5

37

173 *

6

17

192

6

42

217 *

7 16

223

* Compensatory

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