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March 25, 2011

Cowboys get an extra draft pick

The Cowboys received an additional draft choice Friday, getting the 251st overall selection as a compensatory pick. The seventh-rounder is the 29th compensatory pick the Cowboys have been awarded since 1994.

A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. Thirty-two compensatory choices were awarded to 23 teams this year. That means there will be 253 choices in the April 28-30 draft.

Carolina received three draft picks, including a third-rounder, as compensatory picks. The Panthers lost Julius Peppers, among others, in free agency.

-- Charean Williams

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Two words of advice when it's time for the Cowboys to use that extra pick: Mike Coughlin.

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