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Chargers Awarded Additional Fifth Round Draft Pick in 2016

The San Diego Chargers will now have a total of eight picks in the 2016 NFL Draft as they were awarded a fifth-round compensatory selection.

Teams are awarded additional picks based on a formula that weighs the number of players added compared to those lost during through free agency the year before. Under that formula, the Bolts lost Andrew Gachkar, Marcus Gilchrist, Ryan Mathews and Eddie Royal while adding Orlando Franklin, Patrick Robinson and Jimmy Wilson in 2015.  

The selection will be the 175th overall, and marks the 19th time the team has been awarded a compensatory pick.  They last received one in 2012 (seventh round). 

This is the final season that compensatory picks cannot be traded as a new rule change for 2017 will allow them to be exchanged for the very first time.

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