NFL draft: Compensatory picks announced; four teams land extra third-rounders
The NFL announced Monday the addition of the 32 compensatory picks, which are allotted to teams that suffered a net loss in free agency a year ago. The picks are rewarded based on a complex, arcane formula derived on the compensatory free agents' salaries and playing time in their first seasons with their new teams.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers have added additional third-round picks in the 2014 NFL draft, picks Nos. 97-100 overall. For example, the Steelers lost free agents Keenan Lewis, Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Mundy, Mike Wallace a year ago, and signed only Bruce Gradkowski, and thus they were deemed to have a net loss worth a third-round pick. The Steelers also earned fifth- and sixth-round compensatory picks this season.
Players who were cut by their former teams prior to hitting free agency and signed by new teams do not count toward the compensatory equation.
The Ravens and New York Jets received four picks apiece, the most handed out this season. The Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Steelers all received three picks each. The Ravens (41) have had the most compensatory picks since the format was introduced in 1994. The Cleveland Browns, which received none this year, have accumulated only six total in 20 years.
The 49ers now will own six of the top 100 picks in the draft. The Ravens had only four picks prior to Monday but now will have eight total.
The 32 additional selections, which are allotted to the 16 teams through Rounds 3-7, are tacked on at the ends of the respective rounds. They cannot be traded. Here's a full list of the picks:
|NFL team||Round||Overall selection|
The next Tom Brady could be among them. Brady, Brian Dawkins and Larry Allen are just a few examples of former compensatory picks who made it big.
And yes, Texans fans, in addition to owning the first overall selection, you also will be picking Mr. Irrelevant this year. Congrats on being bestowed that honor.
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