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Panthers awarded third round compensatory draft pick

Posted February 24

Thousands of fans came out Friday, July 25, 2014, for the Fan Fest event at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

The Carolina Panthers have been awarded a third-round compensatory pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, the league announced Friday afternoon.

Carolina’s compensatory pick – 98th overall – gives the team four picks in the first three rounds, and four among the first 100 selections.

According to league rules, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents that it acquires is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The compensatory free agents are determined by a league formula – developed by the NFL Management Council – based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

The league awarded Carolina its compensatory pick based on the departures of former cornerback Josh Norman and punter Brad Nortman, and the team’s signing of backup center Gino Gradkowski.

Norman singed a five-year deal worth $75 million with the Washington Redskins two days after Carolina rescinded its franchise tag on the former Pro Bowl cornerback.

Nortman opted not to re-sign with Carolina last offseason and joined the Jacksonville Jaguars on a four-year deal.

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver and Kansas City lead the league with four awarded compensatory picks. Miami was given three, Los Angeles and Seattle were awarded two and nine teams – Arizona, Baltimore, Carolina, Green Bay, Indianapolis, New England, New York (Jets), Pittsburgh and San Francisco – garnered one selection apiece.

The league has awarded 748 compensatory picks since the 1994 season. Carolina has been the recipient of 17 picks in the team's history.

Carolina's 2017 compensatory pick is the highest since the team selected defensive tackle Sione Fua with the 97th overall choice in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Teams are eligible to trade compensatory picks this year for the first time due to a rule change approved in 2015.

Carolina Panthers Compensatory Draft Pick History

Year Player College Position Round
1998 Jim Turner Syracuse WR 7th
2002 Brad Franklin Louisiana-Lafayette CB 7th
2005 Geoff Hangartner Texas A&M OL 5th
2005 Ben Emanuel UCLA S 5th
2005 Joe Berger Michigan Tech OG 7th
2008 Geoff Schwartz Oregon OT 7th
2008 Mackenzy Bernadeau Bentley OG 7th
2010 Jordan Pugh Texas A&M S 6th
2010 Tony Pike Cincinnati QB 6th
2010 Robert McClain Connecticut CB 7th
2011 Sione Fua South Florida DT 3rd
2011 Zack Williams Washington State OG 6th
2011 Lee Ziemba Auburn OT 7th
2012 Brad Nortman Wisconsin P 6th
2015 David Mayo Texas State LB 5th
2015 Cameron Artis-Payne Auburn RB 5th

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