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Compensatory picks matter

Extra draft choices increase teams' flexibility and their chances to land late-round gems

Originally Published: April 13, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Buried in the reams of copy that comprise the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players -- Section 2 of Article XVI, in fact -- is a 195-word fat paragraph that has undeniably impacted the league over the past decade and a half.

No, not as much as the more ballyhooed sections governing free agency, franchise players, arbitration, players' rights on medical care, and guidelines for discipline, for sure. But the agreement covering the annual draft, and the number of choices ...

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