FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys have been awarded a fourth-round compensatory draft pick, the NFL announced Friday, which gives them six total selections in April's NFL Draft.
The Cowboys' extra fourth-round pick is No. 136 overall. They now have two picks in the fourth round and one pick in the second, third, fifth and seventh rounds. They dealt this year's sixth-round pick in a 2017 trade with Cincinnati for cornerback Bene Benwikere. This year's first-rounder went to Oakland in the Amari Cooper trade.
The NFL adds compensatory picks to the end of rounds three through seven. Picks are assigned to teams through a formula weighting the number of players a team lost via free agency versus the number of free agents it signed. Factors are salary, playing time and postseason honors.
Linebackers Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City) and Kyle Wilber (Oakland) were the Cowboys' primary free agent departures last season. They signed offensive tackle Cameron Fleming last spring.
The Cowboys have had success with compensatory picks in recent years. Quarterback Dak Prescott was drafted No. 135 overall as a fourth-rounder in 2016. The club is tied with Green Bay for the second-most compensatory picks (42) since 1994. Baltimore (50) has the most.
The NFL also has announced the full draft order. Here's how the Cowboys' six picks break down:
2nd round: No. 58
3rd round: No. 90
4th round: No. 128
4th round: No. 136
5th round: No. 165
7th round: No. 241