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NFL compensatory picks announced, Arizona Cardinals get one in 5th round

It is as it was expected.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL announced its compensatory picks for the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft. There are 33 picks granted to team, based on unrestricted free agent gains and losses. The Arizona Cardinals were awarded one, the first such pick in the fifth round. It is the 33rd pick in the round and the 170th overall.

The Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers lead the league with four compensatory picks each. Four teams were awarded three, three teams two and another three one. In all, 13 teams were awarded 33 picks.

The Cardinals lost Sam Acho, Rob Housler, Antonio Cromartie, Paul Fanaika and Dan Williams in free agency last offseason.

They signed Corey Peters, Cory Redding, Mike Iupati and Sean Weatherspoon.

Teams who lose more free agents than they sign are eligible for compensatory picks.

The Cardinals now have seven picks in the NFL Draft -- one pick each in the first, second, third, fourth and sixth rounds. They have two in the fifth with the compensatory selection and no seventh round pick, as they used that pick to obtain quarterback Matt Barkley.

Beginning in 2017, teams will be able to trade compensatory picks, something that has never been done. They still cannot be traded this year.