No compensatory picks for Lions in 2015 draft

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
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Golden Tate's signing last year is one reason the Lions will not see any compensatory picks in the 2015 NFL draft.

Phoenix — The Lions will not receive any compensatory picks for the 2015 draft.

The NFL distributed the list of extra picks on Monday at the league's annual meetings at the Arizona Biltmore resort, but after adding more help in free agency than they lost, the Lions didn't get any additional picks for the upcoming draft.

During the 2014 offseason, the Lions' top free agent was wide receiver Golden Tate, who signed a five-year, $31 million deal last August and had 99 catches for 1,331 yards last season.

The top free agents the Lions lost last year were quarterback Shaun Hill to the Rams, defensive end Willie Young to the Bears and offensive tackle Jason Fox to the Dolphins. Combined, those three didn't come close to the contract or production of Tate.

Next year, the Lions should be big winners with compensatory selections after losing defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency. The Lions have yet to sign any players that would count against them in the formula.

Their top two offseason acquisitions were acquired in a trade (defensive tackle Haloti Ngata) and after one wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent (defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker).

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Monday that the possibility of receiving extra picks in 2015 did play a factor in the team's pursuit of unrestricted free agents this offseason.

The Lions currently have five picks (Rounds 1-3 and 6-7) in the draft after trading their fourth- and fifth-round selections for Ngata.

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