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Dallas Cowboys: What Compensatory Draft Picks Will They Get?

It's no secret that the lost some big names in last year's . Obviously, losing was the biggest name. But it should be said that the Cowboys also lost , , , , and in free agency. Here's a table of what compensatory draft picks a team receives regarding contract value:

3rd-round pick $8 million +
4th-round pick $5.5 million
5th-round pick $4.2 million
6th-round pick $2.5 million
7th-round pick $1 million

Now let's look at a table that will compare the departed 's salaries and which compensatory draft pick the Cowboys will likely receive:

DeMarco Murray 3rd-round pick $8.4 million
Jermey Parnell 4th-round pick $6.4 million
Bruce Carter 5th-round pick $4.3 million
Henry Melton 6th-round pick $3.75 million
Justin Durant 6th-round pick $3.6 million
Dwayne Harris 6th-round pick $3.5 million
7th-round pick $1.4 million

Obviously, if the Cowboys go out and spend quality money in free agency, then they will lose a couple if not all of their projected . However, the of cancels out Murray's compensated draft pick, the signing of cancels out Harris' compensated draft pick, and the signing of cancels out Selvie's compensated draft pick. With all of this being said, the Cowboys will be awarded an extra 4th-round pick and three extra 6th-round picks.

In today's NFL, where cap space isn't at a premium, teams have to win through the draft. The are a prime example of a team that has successfully built themselves through the draft as well as sustaining themselves through the draft.

Over the past few years, the Cowboys have built themselves up for success for awhile. Players like , , , , , , , , and have all been drafted over the past five years, the exception being Collins, who would've been a first-round pick if he weren't a wrongfully-accused suspect in the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

With more draft picks this year, the Cowboys will have a chance to not only win in 2016, but also set themselves up for success for the future as well. , the man behind the Cowboys' department, will have himself some options to work with in April's draft.

Ryan Ratty
Ryan Ratty
An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.

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