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Redskins Pick Up 7th-Round Compensatory Pick

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Washington has garnered a seventh-round compensatory draft pick, the NFL announced on Tuesday.

That means the Redskins have five draft picks in the 2009 NFL Draft, scheduled for April 25-26.

The compensatory pick is the 34th of the seventh round, or the 243rd overall in the draft.

It comes courtesy of the Redskins losing quarterback Mark Brunell to the New Orleans Saints in 2008 free agency. Brunell, incidentally, was a backup in New Orleans and did not take a regular season snap for the Saints.

Under terms of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The Redskins did not sign any notable free agents during 2008 free agency.

It's the second year in a row the Redskins have picked up a seventh-round compensatory pick.

Last year, the Redskins selected safety Chris Horton with the compensatory pick, at No. 249 overall. Horton emerged as a starter for the Redskins and notched three interceptions.

The Redskins' top pick in the 2009 NFL Draft is in the first round at No. 13 overall.

The team also has picks in the third round (No. 80), fifth round (No. 150) and sixth round (No. 186).

A total of 32 compensatory picks were awarded to NFL teams on Tuesday.

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.

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