The Tampa Bay Buccaneers now have eight selections in the 2011 NFL Draft thanks to the team being awarded an extra seventh-round compensatory draft pick, which are given to teams that lost more players/talent than they added in free agency from the previous year. The Bucs will have the 37th overall pick in the seventh round, which represents the 237th overall selection in the draft.
Tampa Bay was awarded a compensatory pick for the team losing safety Will Allen and defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson in free agency with those losses being offset by the signing of safety Sean Jones. The Bucs have received a total of 18 compensatory picks since the league began awarding them in 1994.
NFC South rival Carolina was awarded three compensatory picks, which was the most by a single team this year. The Panthers were the only team to pick up a third-round compensatory selection in 2011 due to the loss of DE Julius Peppers and QB A.J. Feeley. The third-round is the highest round allowed by the league for compensatory picks.
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