Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2013 NFL Draft: Compensatory Picks


Matt Verderame - Mocking the Draft.com
The NFL announced the 32 compensatory picks for this year's draft, giving teams the final answer to where they stand heading into April.
The big winners from Monday's announcement were the Houston Texans, who scored the highest compensatory pick at No. 95 overall in the third round to go a along with a sixth-round pick. The Kansas City Chiefs also earned a third and a sixth, and the Tennessee Titans earned picks in the third, sixth and seventh rounds.
The Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens earned the most compensatory picks, with four each. The Falcons earned a pick in the fourth as well as three seventh-round picks, while the Ravens earned picks in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. Meanwhile, the Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers were given a fourth-rounder and two seventh-round picks to add to an already huge bounty of draft picks. You can check out the full list of 2013 compensatory picks here.
TeamNo. of PicksRounds
Arizona Cardinals0-
Atlanta Falcons44, 7, 7, 7
Baltimore Ravens44, 5, 6, 7
Buffalo Bills0-
Carolina Panthers0-
Chicago Bears0-
Cincinnati Bengals27, 7
Cleveland Browns0-
Dallas Cowboys0-
Denver Broncos0-
Detroit Lions27, 7
Green Bay Packers15
Houston Texans23, 6
Indianapolis Colts17
Jacksonville Jaguars0-
Kansas City Chiefs23, 6
Miami Dolphins25, 7
Minnesota Vikings0-
New England Patriots0-
New Orleans Saints0-
New York Giants17
New York Jets0-
Oakland Raiders16
Philadelphia Eagles17
Pittsburgh Steelers16
Saint Louis Rams0-
San Diego Chargers0-
San Francisco 49ers34, 7, 7
Seattle Seahawks27, 7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers0-
Tennessee Titans33, 6, 7
Washington Redskins0-
The picks are given out based on which players a team lost in the previous offseason to free agency. From there, the pick depends on how much the player was on the field, how well he performed and his salary. The third round is the highest selection that can be awarded.
Last year, a total of 15 teams received compensatory draft picks. The Raiders were the only team to get a third-round compensatory pick.
It is also worth pointing out that the compensatory picks can not be traded under any circumstances. The team granted the slot has to draft a player right then and there.
For example, Brandon Carr was signed away from the Kansas City Chiefs by the Dallas Cowboys last year. Carr went on to be a full-time, high-caliber starter, which netted the Chiefs a compensatory third-round pick.
Some might sneeze at the idea of a compensatory selection, blowing it off as being the bottom of the barrel. But not so fast pal, I'll give you a few examples.
Linebacker Miles Burris of the Oakland Raiders was taken with a fourth-round comp pick last year and developed into one of the best rookies in football, making 96 tackles and starting 15 games.
In 2011, the New York Giants snagged Jacquian Williams from South Florida, and he became a key player in bringing Big Blue another Super Bowl championship that season.
The year before that, the Green Bay Packers landed offensive tackle Marshall Newhousein the fifth round, now a nice tackle for the Pack.
Don't sleep on the compensatory picks.

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