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2012 NFL Draft: Supplemental and Compensatory

QB Terrelle Pryor steps back to pass under the watchful eye of QB coach John DeFilippo.
QB Terrelle Pryor steps back to pass under the watchful eye of QB coach John DeFilippo.

The Raiders used a 3rd pick in this year's draft to select Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor in the 2011 supplemental draft. Photo by Tony Gonzales.


  • Round 3 – 95th overall (Compensatory)
  • Round 4 – 129th overall (Compensatory)
  • Round 5 – 148th overall
  • Round 5 – 168th overall (Compensatory)
  • Round 6 – 189th overall


The Raiders were awarded three of the 32 compensatory selections for the 2012 NFL Draft. Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, 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. The compensatory picks are positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost. The Raiders were awarded the highest compensatory pick in the draft at 95th overall, which also marks the NFL's only compensatory selection in the third round. Below is a list of the Raiders' compensatory free agents lost and signed last year.

  • Lost:Nnamdi Asomugha, Robert Gallery, Bruce Gradkowski, Zach Miller, Thomas Howard
  • Signed:Kevin Boss, Stephon Heyer  


The Raiders have selected four players with compensatory picks over the past five years, including current tight end David Ausberry. Below are the four Raiders draft picks selected with compensatory picks since 2007.

  • TE David Ausberry – 2011, seventh round (241st overall)
  • S Stevie Brown – 2010, seventh round (251st overall)
  • WR Johnnie Lee Higgins – 2007, third round (99th overall)
  • WR Jonathan Holland – 2007, seventh round (254th overall)


For the first time since the NFL in 1977 implemented a supplemental draft to accommodate collegiate players that did not enter the regular draft, the Raiders exercised a supplemental draft pick in 2011 by selecting Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round. Pryor saw action in one game as a rookie in 2011. Prior to 1977, the Raiders exercised a supplemental draft pick by selecting defensive end Blenda Gay from Fayetteville State in 1973. The Raiders also participated in the NFL's supplemental draft of USFL and CFL players in 1984, selecting wide receiver Chris Woods, linebacker Stuart Hill and guard James Farr.

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