The Ravens are suddenly rich with draft picks.
Baltimore was awarded three compensatory picks Friday, bumping their total to nine selections.
The Ravens received two compensatory picks in the fourth round (Nos. 132 and 134) and one in the sixth round (No. 209)
Baltimore didn't get the fourth (and maximum amount) of compensatory picks, but it's still a nice haul.
The Ravens were awarded the picks because unrestricted free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith (49ers), linebacker Pernell McPhee (Bears), tight end Owen Daniels (Broncos) and safety Darian Stewart signed with other teams last offseason. The signing of safety Kendrick Lewis offset one of those losses.
The Ravens didn't end up getting a pick for the loss of quarterback Tyrod Taylor (Bills). He started 14 games, but didn't sign a big enough deal (three years, $3.35 million) to qualify. The NFL only gave 33 compensatory picks and Taylor fell below the line.
Baltimore still leads the league in compensatory picks since the program was launched in 1994. The Ravens have now been given 47. The closest teams are Green Bay (37) and Dallas (37).
This year, the Cowboys, Patriots and 49ers were the only team to get the maximum of four compensatory picks.
The Ravens have put their additional picks to good use. Recent standout players that have been selected with compensatory picks include punter Sam Koch, fullback Le'Ron McClain, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, tackle Rick Wagner, tight end Crockett Gillmore and offensive lineman John Urschel.
Much of Baltimore's free-agency strategy is based on acquiring compensatory picks.
While the Ravens don't like to see their own players sign elsewhere, the pain is eased the next year when it results in extra draft picks. The Ravens specifically try to avoid signing free agents that haven't been cut by other teams because they factor against the compensatory pick formula.
Over the past six years, General Manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens have only signed five unrestricted free agents that hadn't been released by their previous team.
According to the NFL Management Council, a team losing more or better free agents than it acquired in the previous year is eligible to receive picks. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of free agents.
To determine "better" free agents, the council looks at average salaries, playing time and postseason awards. Salaries make up the biggest portion of that equation.
Compensatory picks will not be tradeable until the 2017 NFL Draft, so the Ravens are locked into making picks at those spots.
Ravens Rule Out Five Players vs. Browns, Ronnie Stanley Doubtful
The Ravens ruled out wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Rashod Bateman. Ronnie Stanley is doubtful to play.
Todd Monken Wants Offense to Get Its 'Mojo' Back
Todd Monken has no extra motivation in return to Cleveland. Mark Andrews is back to full speed. Mike Macdonald is blitzing at a higher rate.
Kyle Hamilton, Justice Hill Back at Ravens Practice
The Ravens are still without wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) and Rashod Bateman (hamstring).
Jadeveon Clowney Is Fitting in Well in Baltimore, Has No Extra Motivation vs. Browns
John Harbaugh doesn't rule out Kyle Van Noy playing Sunday. Lamar Jackson's focused on fumbles. Michael Pierce explains Ravens' troubles vs. run.
Ronnie Stanley, Tyler Linderbaum, Marcus Williams Return to Practice
The Ravens could get back some of their key players ahead of a big divisional game against the Cleveland Browns.
Mailbag: Why Do the Ravens Have So Many Injuries?
Why do the Ravens lose to a team they should seemingly crush every year? How will the Ravens protect the football better? Why isn't Mark Andrews being fed?
Ravens Eye View: Near Misses Overshadow Strong Plays vs. Colts
A look at the Ravens' early passing success, some unique run formations, and late near misses of the offense.
Update on Ravens' Mounting Injuries, Another Addition to IR
Head Coach John Harbaugh says the Ravens' onslaught of injuries are mostly "football plays."
Ravens Snap Counts & Grades vs. Colts
Safety Daryl Worley played 90 percent of the defensive snaps with Ar'Darius Washington sidelined.
What the Colts Said After Their Overtime Win
Head Coach Shane Steichen talked about setting up Michael Pittman's overtime catch and kicker Matt Gay talks about his big day in front of Justin Tucker.
The Breakdown: Mink's Five Thoughts on Loss to Colts
The Ravens found many ways to lose the game. Lamar Jackson's legs weren't enough. The special teams unit needs to work out the kinks.