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Running down the list of Patriots compensatory picks since 2000

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The New England Patriots have made 31 compensatory selections in the Bill Belichick era.

Since compensatory draft picks began to be dispersed in 1994, the NFL has awarded the New England Patriots with 34 of them, a tally which stands fourth-highest behind only the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens.

The Patriots collected another on Friday, as the league announced the organization will receive a fifth-rounder at No. 185 overall for last March’s free-agent addition of linebacker Shea McClellin and departures of defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and safety Tavon Wilson.

And, as a byproduct of the midseason trade of linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns, the Patriots will also unofficially hold the rights to Cleveland’s third-round compensatory pick at No. 103 overall.

With the way things are currently constituted, that brings New England to a total of seven picks within the first five rounds this April.

Safe to say the compensatory formula, which factors in a player’s salary, playing time, and postseason honors with their new club, has been kind to the Patriots. Not all of whom have panned out over the years. But since Bill Belichick returned to Foxborough in 2000, New England’s war room has had a bevy of opportunities to draft players that potentially could.

The Patriots have made 31 compensatory picks over Belichick’s 17-draft span.

Four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady was the second one.

As for the others, here’s a full rundown of the Patriots’ compensatory picks in the Belichick era.

COMPENSATORY PICKS SINCE 2000

2016: Round 3, No. 96 – Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska

2016: Round 6, No. 208 – Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB, Eastern Illinois

2016: Round 6, No. 214 – Elandon Roberts, LB, Houston

2016: Round 6, No. 221 – Ted Karras, G, Illinois

2015: Round 3, No. 97 – Geneo Grissom, DE, Oklahoma

2015: Round 7, No. 253 – Xzavier Dickson, DE, Alabama

2014: Round 4, No. 140 – Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

2010: Round 6, No. 205 – Ted Larsen, C, North Carolina State

2010: Round 7, No. 247 – Brandon Deaderick, DT, Alabama

2010: Round 7, No. 248 – Kade Weston, DT, Georgia

2010: Round 7, No. 250 – Zac Robinson, QB, Oklahoma State

2009: Round 3, No. 97 – Tyrone McKenzie, LB, South Florida

2009: Round 5, No. 170 – George Bussey, G, Louisville

2009: Round 6, No. 207 – Myron Pryor, DT, Kentucky

2007: Round 5, No. 171 – Clint Oldenburg, OT, Colorado State

2007: Round 6, No. 208 – Justise Hairston, RB, Central Connecticut

2007: Round 6, No. 209 – Corey Hilliard, OT, Oklahoma State

2007: Round 7, No. 247 – Mike Elgin, C, Iowa

2006: Round 6, No. 205 – Dan Stevenson, G, Notre Dame

2006: Round 6, No. 206 – Le Kevin Smith, DT, Nebraska

2005: Round 3, No. 100 – Nick Kaczur, OT, Toledo

2005: Round 5, No. 170 – Ryan Claridge, LB, UNLV

2005: Round 7, No. 255 – Andy Stokes, TE, William Penn

2002: Round 7, No. 253 – David Givens, WR, Notre Dame

2001: Round 5, No. 163 – Hakim Akbar, S, Washington

2001: Round 6, No. 200 – Leonard Myers, CB, Miami

2001: Round 7, No. 239 – T.J. Turner, LB, Michigan State

2000: Round 4, No. 127 – Greg Randall, OT, Michigan State

2000: Round 6, No. 199 – Tom Brady, QB, Michigan

2000: Round 6, No. 201 – David Nugent, DE, Purdue

2000: Round 7, No. 239 – Patrick Pass, FB, Georgia

Beyond the sixth-round outlier that is Brady, an additional five compensatory draftees remain on New England’s roster. That group includes Fleming, Grissom, Karras, Roberts and Valentine, who have collectively appeared in 102 games for the team while starting 22.

Some other prominent names from the trip down memory lane are Pass and Givens, who have a hand’s worth of Super Bowl rings combined from their respective tenures in New England in the early 2000s, and Kazcur, who started on the Patriots’ line across five seasons.

Perhaps the list isn’t a decorated one. But it is a long one. And at the very least, the Patriots will have the chance to add to it as the third and fifth rounds draw to a close this year.