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Arizona Cardinals awarded 5th round compensatory pick

The Arizona Cardinals will have an extra 5th round pick on the 2017 NFL Draft.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the compensatory selections usually being released in March, the NFL has done so slightly earlier than normal.

For the Arizona Cardinals, it means one additional pick, in the fifth round, pick 36. It will be the 181st pick overall.

Compensatory picks are calculated by free agents signed away versus free agents the team brings in to compensate for that loss.

How did the Arizona Cardinals end up with a fifth round pick?

Well, Bobby Massie and his new deal with the Chicago Bears.

Every other player the Cardinals lost in the 2016 offseason was either negligible or off set by a signing for the Cardinals.

The Arizona Cardinals actually qualified for three compensatory picks, but their value was not in the top 32 values found by the NFL.

For the first time ever, the NFL is also allowing compensatory picks to be traded, which should help teams with third round compensatory picks who are looking to move up in rounds one or two.