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Redskins See Increase in Draft With Three Compensatory Picks

By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

PALM BEACH, Fla., March 31 -- The Washington Redskins were awarded three additional picks in the NFL draft, including a third-round choice.

The league announced that 32 compensatory draft picks had been awarded to 15 teams based on a formula balancing players lost and added by each club in free agency. The Redskins were awarded the highest of the compensatory selections, the 96th overall pick in the draft. Their other two compensatory choices come in the seventh round, Nos. 242 and 249 overall.

The Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens also were awarded third-round picks. The Ravens and Bengals were awarded four picks each, the most in the league. The draft is April 26-27 in New York.

Early Kickoff for Opener

The season opener between the Redskins and New York Giants on Sept. 4 at Giants Stadium will begin at 7 p.m., 90 minutes earlier than usual for the Thursday season opener, which is televised on NBC. The NFL moved the starting time to avoid a conflict with the Republican National Convention.

The NFL announced its slate of featured games on the opening weekend of next season. The Chicago Bears will play at Indianapolis on Sept. 7 at 8:15 p.m. on NBC in the first Sunday night game of the season. There will be a Monday night doubleheader on ESPN on Sept. 8, with Minnesota at Green Bay at 7 p.m. and Denver at Oakland at 10:15. . . .

The league announced that it had set a paid attendance record for a sixth straight year. The Redskins led the league in home attendance for the eighth consecutive season. . . . Owners unanimously approved the sale of 50 percent of the Miami Dolphins to New York real estate developer Stephen Ross. Wayne Huizenga retains 50 percent and is the controlling owner.

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