Dallas Cowboys receive compensatory fourth round selection

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The NFL has awarded the Dallas Cowboys a compensatory fourth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. That brings their grand total up to six picks.

Last offseason, the Dallas Cowboys lost linebacker Anthony Hitchens to the Kansas City Chiefs via free agency. Hitchens signed a lucrative five-year, $45 million deal to join the Chiefs. In return, the former 2014 fourth rounder recorded a whopping 135 total tackles as a 15-game starter for Kansas City.

But as it turns out, the Cowboys got a little something in the deal as well. Hitchen’s contract and production were taken account in a secret formula that aided Dallas in receiving a compensatory fourth-round selection in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. The newly awarded pick will be 136th overall.

Compensatory selections have played a big part in the Cowboys’ resurgence in recent years. Quarterback Dak Prescott was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft using a compensatory pick. Prescott would end up becoming the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Just last offseason, Dallas used a fourth-round compensatory selection in order to draft Stanford tight end, Dalton Schultz. Quarterback Mike White and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. were also compensatory selections in 2018.

The Cowboys now have a total of six picks to use in the upcoming draft. Those selections are in the second round (58th), third round (90th), fourth round (128th), fourth round (136th), fifth round (165), and seventh round (241st).

Dallas traded their first-round selection (27th) to the Oakland Raiders in a midseason move last year for three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper. And the Cowboys are also without their sixth-round selection (198th) which they sent to the Cincinnati Bengals in a long forgotten trade for cornerback Bene Benwikere.

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Since compensatory selections can now be traded, the Dallas Cowboys could use their extra fourth-round pick to possibly move up in the draft. Seeing as they don’t have a selection in the first round, the Cowboys could try to trade back up into Day One if there is a prospect that they desperately covet.