Miami Dolphins Expected to be Awarded Compensatory Draft Pick

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The Miami Dolphins are expected to be awarded a compensatory draft pick in 2013 after losing two players last year.

Dolphins defensive tackle Kendall Langford and quarterback Chad Henne both left the team via free agency last off-season. In return, Miami signed cornerback Richard Marshall. Langford inked a four-year, $24 million deal with the St. Louis Ramswhile Henne signed a two-year, $6.75 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

No team knows exactly what round their compensatory picks will be until the NFL owner’s meetings that take place March 17-20. However, there is speculation that the Dolphins will get a fourth round draft selection for losing Langford. This is because each player signed cancels out one player the team lost, which means Henne gets cancelled out by Marshall because his annual contract is lower than Langford’s is.

It is unfortunate that Miami lost Langford, who posted 27 tackles and two sacks for the Rams in 2012, for Marshall, who was only able to suit up for four games due to a back injury. But, at least they will be getting a non-tradable draft pick for him.

This would bring their total to 10 picks heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. This includes one first round, two second round, two third rounds, two fourth rounds (if including compensatory pick), one fifth round and two seventh round selections.

Miami’s first round selection is the 12th overall pick, with which many believe the team will select a defensive back, such as Xavier Rhodes out of Florida State University.


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