The National Football League announced on Monday that the Houston Texans have been awarded 3 compensatory draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The Texans will get additional selections in the 4th (135th overall), 6th (211th overall) and 7th (256th).
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
The compensatory free agents the Texans lost last year were Alan Ball, Connor Barwin, James Casey, Justin Forsett, Donnie Jones, Glover Quin. The Texans picked up Shane Lechler, Ed Reed and Greg Jones.
The Texans now have 11 draft picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.