Steelers awarded three compensatory picks in 2014 draft

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Steelers thought they would receive an extra third-round pick in the 2014 draft when they traded with the Cleveland Browns in 2013 to draft safety Shamarko Thomas. And they were right.

The Steelers were one of four teams who were awarded a third-round compensatory pick in this year’s draft by the NFL, along with the Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.

In addition to the third-round pick that is the 97th overall, the Steelers also received extra picks in the fifth round (173rd overall) and sixth round (215) as compensation for losing three starters last season in free agency.

The three extra picks give them nine total in the draft May 8-10. No team is allowed to receive more than four compensatory picks in a season. Also, teams cannot trade compensatory picks.

The Steelers did not have their regular third-round pick in this year’s draft because they traded it to the Browns to move into the fourth round and draft Thomas. The Steelers made the move knowing they would probably receive a third-round compensatory pick for losing Mike Wallace, who signed a $60 million contract with the Miami.

“That was our mindset when we traded that pick away,” said general manager Kevin Colbert.

The Steelers also lost two other starters in free agency after the 2012 season, cornerback Keenan Lewis and running back Rashard Mendenhall. They did not sign a starter in free agency last year.

Gerry Dulac: and Twitter @gerrydulac.

Gerry Dulac:; twitter: @gerrydulac First Published March 24, 2014 6:31 PM

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