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NFL awards 32 compensatory picks to 13 teams

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The NFL announced Monday that a total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded to 13 teams for the 2014 draft, which will be held May 8-10.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula developed by the NFL Management Council based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. Basically, teams losing more or better free agents than they acquire in the previous year are eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were awarded this year's top compensatory pick, the 33rd selection in the third round, after losing cornerback Keenan Lewis, running back Rashard Mendenhall, safety Ryan Mundy and wide receiver Mike Wallace while adding quarterback Bruce Gradkowski prior to last season.

Pittsburgh also was awarded pick No. 33 of the fifth round and No. 39 of the sixth round.

The Houston Texans were awarded the last compensatory pick with the 41st selection in the seventh round after losing cornerback Alan Ball, linebacker Connor Barwin, tight end James Casey, running back Justin Forsett, punter Donnie Jones and safety Glover Quin while adding fullback Greg Jones, punter Shane Lechler and safety Ed Reed.

The Texas also were awarded pick No. 35 of the fourth round and No. 35 of the sixth round.

The following is the complete list of 2014 compensatory draft picks:

Pittsburgh Steelers -- Round 3, pick 33; Round 5, pick 33; Round 6, pick 39

Green Bay Packers -- Round 3, pick 34; Round 5, pick 36

Baltimore Ravens -- Round 3, pick 35; Round 4, picks 34 and 38; Round 5, pick 35

San Francisco 49ers -- Round 3, pick 36

Detroit Lions -- Round 4, picks 33 and 36

Houston Texans -- Round 4, pick 35; Round 6, pick 35; Round 7, pick 41

New York Jets -- Round 4, pick 37; Round 6, picks 33, 34 and 37

Atlanta Falcons -- Round 4, pick 39; Round 7, picks 38 and 40

New England Patriots -- Round 4, pick 40

New York Giants -- Round 5, pick 34

Cincinnati Bengals -- Round 6, pick 36; Round 7, pick 37

St. Louis Rams -- Round 6, pick 38; Round 7, picks 34 and 35

Dallas Cowboys -- Round 7, picks 33, 36 and 39
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