The compensatory picks for the upcoming NFL Draft were announced yesterday, with a total of 32 picks being dished out to 14 different teams.
Of those 32 picks, only three went to teams with losing records from last season, with the Carolina Panthers receiving fifth- and sixth-round picks, and the St Louis Rams a sixth-round pick. This provides further evidence that seeking a quick fix via free agency rarely, if ever, works, as the most successful sides in the NFL clearly do not indulge heavily in shopping in March.
The exact formula for awarding compensatory draft picks is a closely guarded secret, but ultimately it rewards teams for losing players via free agency, and then weighs that up against the players that were brought in by the franchises via the same source. Signing players cut by the other franchises does not count against a team’s compensatory draft picks.
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