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Ravens awarded compensatory third-round and fourth-round picks in 2020 draft

The Ravens have received third-round and fourth-round compensatory picks in April’s NFL draft after losing inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and wide receiver John Brown in free agency a year ago, the league announced Tuesday.

The team now has nine picks and seven of the top 143 overall; only the Miami Dolphins are slated to reach their seventh selection before the Ravens.

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Mosley, who signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the New York Jets in March, was initially expected to earn the Ravens a third-round pick, but injuries clouded his value. In determining pick compensation, the league’s private formula considers salary, playing time and postseason honors.

Under league rules, a team is eligible for draft pick compensation when it loses more qualifying unrestricted free agents than it signs. (Players who are released do not qualify.) The Ravens’ signing of safety Earl Thomas III last offseason negated the loss of outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, now with the Green Bay Packers, while running back Mark Ingram II’s contract did the same for outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Kansas City Chiefs.

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In October, the Ravens cut cornerback and special teams ace Justin Bethel after defensive end Brent Urban’s release from the Tennessee Titans to preserve Brown’s compensatory pick. In March, Brown signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Over the first two days of the 2020 draft, the Ravens will have selections in the first (No. 28 overall), second (No. 60) and third round (Nos. 92, 106). The Ravens received a fourth-round pick from the New England Patriots last year in exchange for guard Jermaine Eluemunor, a fifth-round pick from the Minnesota Vikings for kicker Kaare Vedvik and a seventh-round pick from the New York Jets for guard Alex Lewis. The team also has its original fourth-round pick.

This is the first year since 2016 that the Ravens have been awarded multiple compensatory picks. The team has received 52 extra selections since the system started in 1994, nine more than the next-closest teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Patriots.

Last year, the Ravens traded their only compensatory pick, the No. 102 overall selection, and a pair of sixth-round selections to the Vikings for the No. 93 slot, where they took Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin. In 2018, the Ravens took starting left guard Bradley Bozeman with one of two sixth-round compensatory picks. Starting tight end Nick Boyle was also selected with a compensatory pick in 2015.

San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk and Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen, former Ravens who became two of the NFL’s highest-paid players at their respective positions, were drafted with compensatory picks in 2013.

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