The Bills were awarded the 251st pick overall – two picks shy of the last pick in the draft – as compensation for the loss of safety Donte Whitney last offseason to the San Francisco 49ers.
Teams are awarded extra picks based on net gains/losses the previous year in free agency. Buffalo got a pick despite not having a net loss in players due to the fact that the players the Bills lost were ranked higher than who they gained. The Bills lost Whitner and linebacker Paul Posluszny to Jacksonville. Last offseason, they signed linebacker Nick Barnett from Green Bay, receiver/quarterback Brad Smith from the New York Jets, quarterback Tyler Thigpen from Kansas City and linebacker Kirk Morrison from Jacksonville.
Oakland received the highest compensatory pick, a third-rounder (number 95 overall).
The Bills now have 10 picks in the draft, starting with the 10th overall pick. They got an additional fourth-rounder from Baltimore in the Lee Evans trade last summer and a fifth-rounder from Seattle in the Marshawn Lynch trade during the 2010 season.
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