The National Football League announced Monday that 32 compensatory picks have been awarded to 19 teams in the 2006 NFL Draft.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were awarded three of those picks – one sixth-round selection and two seventh-round draft choices.

Tampa Bay’s compensatory sixth-round pick is the 33rd pick of that particular round and the 202nd selection overall. The Bucs’ compensatory seventh-round picks (33rd and 36th) are the 241st and 244th overall picks in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Compensatory picks are handed out each year to teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they acquire.

In 2005, Tampa Bay lost linebacker Keith Burns, guard Cosey Coleman, defensive tackle Chartric Darby and safety Dwight Smith in free agent. They signed cornerback Juran Bolden, kicker Matt Bryant, tight end Anthony Becht, defensive tackle Chris Hovan and wide receiver Ike Hilliard.

The Bucs currently have a total of 10 selections in the 2006 NFL Draft, including the 23rd overall pick in the first round.

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