The Detroit Lions have been awarded two fourth-round compensatory picks for this year’s draft. The picks — 133rd and 136th overall — were announced early Monday evening.
According to the NFL rules a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks.
For the 2013 season, the Lions lost Cliff Avril, Gosder Cherilus, Justin Durant, Drayton Florence and Sammie Lee Hill. They gained Reggie Bush, Jason Jones and Glover Quin.
The Lions will have one pick in each round with three in the fourth round and none in the fifth round due to the Mike Thomas trade.
They’ll have eight overall picks, starting with the 10th overall pick in the first round.
The compensatory picks are a bonus especially this year with such a deep draft.
The draft is May 8-10, two weeks later than usual.