2018 NFL Draft: NFL Hands Out 32 Compensatory Picks
The NFL announced on Friday that they have awarded 32 compensatory picks for use in the 2018 NFL Draft. Compensatory picks are awarded to teams based on a formula of net free agency losses versus net free agency gains. If you lose higher dollar players the better chance you have of getting a higher pick in return. The highest comp picks awarded are at the back-end of the third round.
This year, Arizona was handed the highest pick, No. 97, since they lost the highest paid free agent in 2017, defensive end Calais Campbell. The Texans, Broncos, and Bengals also received 3rd rounders in exchange for losing CB A.J. Bouye, OT Russell Okung, and OG Kevin Zeitler respectively.
The Raiders were handed FOUR 6th round picks. The Atlanta Falcons were awarded the last pick in the draft.
The NFL began allowing teams to trade compensatory picks during the 2017 Draft. This practice was never allowed before then.
Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, and Oakland were each awarded the maximum of four comp picks apiece. All totaled, 15 teams were awarded at least one extra selection.
There have been quality players selected with comp picks over the last five years.
Trent Taylor, WR/49ers (5th Round)
Aaron Jones, RB/Packers (5th Round)
Dak Prescott, QB/Cowboys (4th Round)
Jatavis Brown, LB/Chargers (5th Round)
Trevor Siemian, QB/Broncos (6th Round)
Richard Rodgers, TE/Packers (3rd Round)
Quincy Enunwa, WR/Jets (6th Round)
Kyle Juszcyk, FB/Ravens (4th Round) *now with 49ers
Devin Taylor, DE/Giants (4th Round) *now with Giants
Ricky Wagner, OT/Ravens (5th Round) *now with Lions
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the best compensatory pick of all-time. In the 2000 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots used a sixth-round comp pick on a QB from Michigan named Tom Brady. I would say that one worked out.
The 2018 NFL Draft begins on April 26th at 7 pm CST.