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The NFL distributed compensation draft picks to 23 teams Friday, and the Patriots were not one of them.
Despite losing Benjamin Watson and Jarvis Green, the NFL did not peg them as big enough losses to warrant an extra draft pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Watson posted a career-high 68 receptions with 763 receiving yards as he proved to be a reliable target for the Cleveland Browns quarterback carousel that featured Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and Colt McCoy.
Meanwhile, Green signed a 4-year, $20 million dollar contract with the Denver Broncos. However, Green was surprisingly released before the 2010 season. Green was then signed on Dec. 15 by the Houston Texans.
Since becoming the Patriots head coach in 2000, Bill Belichick has used 24 compensation draft choices. Amongst these 24 were gems Tom Brady and Matt Cassel, along with solid roles players including Julian Edelman, David Givens and 2010 seventh rounder Brandon Deaderick.
The Patriots were just one of nine teams to NOT receive an extra draft selection. The Carolina Panthers received the highest of any team, gaining a third round pick due to the loss of Julius Peppers to the Chicago Bears.
New England will have a total of nine draft picks, four of which are within the first 60 picks.