Colts Awarded Three Compensatory Picks for 2012 NFL Draft

Every year, the NFL awards teams compensatory picks based upon their free agency losses in the previous year’s offseason. The NFL announced the 2012 picks on Monday, based on teams’ losses in the 2011 (shortened) offseason. 

First reported by Mike Chappell, the Colts will receive three compensatory picks in the 2012 NFL Draft: 

  • The final pick in the 5th round (170th overall)
  • The second to last pick in the 6th round (206th overall)
  • The final pick in the 7th round (253rd overall)

These picks are due to the Colts’ loss of Clint Session and Charlie Johnson last summer, who signed multi-year deals with the Jaguars and Vikings, respectively. The three extra picks in those later rounds will allow the Colts to take a few risks in those later rounds.

The Colts now have 10 picks in the 2012 draft, a very helpful bonus for a rebuilding team.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.