The Bears on Thursday were awarded a supplemental seventh-round pick (No. 258 overall) in the April 27-29 NFL Draft.
Every year, teams that lost more or better compensatory free agents than they acquired the previous year are eligible to receive compensatory draft picks in Rounds 3-7. The formula is based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that if the number of compensatory selections awarded is fewer than the number of NFL teams (32), then an additional number of supplemental choices will be awarded to clubs based upon the draft order.
This year, 30 compensatory selections were awarded to 13 teams, which required the NFL to hand out supplemental picks to the top two teams in the draft order—the Bears and the Texans. There were also five compensatory selections awarded to three clubs—the Browns, 49ers and Chiefs—because they had a minority employee hired by another club as its head coach or primary football executive. Kansas City received its pick because the Bears hired Ryan Poles as general manager.
The Bears now have the following nine picks in the draft:
Round 1 - 1st overall
Round 2 (from Ravens) - 53rd overall
Round 3 - 64th overall
Round 4 - 103rd overall
Round 4 (from Eagles) - 133rd overall
Round 5 - 136th overall
Round 5 (from Ravens) - 148th overall
Round 7 - 218th overall
Round 7 (supplemental) - 258th overall
Last Oct. 26, the Bears acquired a fourth-round pick from the Eagles for defensive end Robert Quinn. On Nov. 1, they obtained second- and fifth-round picks from the Ravens in exchange for linebacker Roquan Smith and dealt their own second-round choice to the Steelers for receiver Chase Claypool.
The Bears traded their 2023 sixth-round pick to the Dolphins in October 2021 in exchange for receiver/return specialist Jakeem Grant. They obtained a 2023 sixth-round selection from the Chargers in March as part of a package for Mack, but they sent that choice back to the Chargers in exchange for back-to-back picks in the seventh round of the 2022 draft that they spent on safety Elijah Hicks at No. 254 and punter Trenton Gill at No. 255.
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