On Friday, the NFL announced all of the compensatory picks for the 2018 NFL Draft. Compensatory picks are given to teams that lost more assets than they gained in the previous year’s free agency period. The more valuable the free agent lost, the higher the pick. Although the league announced 32 compensatory picks, the Detroit Lions received none.
However, that was expected. Though the Lions lost a few big names to free agency last year—Larry Warford, Riley Reiff, Rafael Bush and Andre Roberts, among others—they were active enough in signing other free agents to compensate for the losses. Particularly, the additions of Rick Wagner, T.J. Lang and Akeem Spence pretty much guaranteed that the Lions weren’t going to be getting any extra compensation from the league this year.
That leaves the Lions with either five or six draft picks for the 2018 NFL Draft.
We have a specific date now of when we will find out whether the Raiders will be picking at 9 or 10 in April’s draft. That decision will be made by coin toss at the NFL Scouting Combine and it will happen next Friday, March 2 according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
Big News — the coin flip to determine the 9th and 10th draft picks between the Raiders and 49ers will take place next Friday at the Combine. It affects the Patriots, since they have the 49ers’ 2nd rounder. If OAK wins the toss, Pats will pick 41st. If SF wins, Pats pick 43rd.— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) February 23, 2018
The coin toss is needed because the Raiders and 49ers finished the season with identical 6-10 records and strength of schedule. The winner receives the 9th pick in the upcoming draft and the loser the 10th overall pick.
On Friday, the NFL announced that 15 teams would receive 32 compensatory selections in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Indianapolis Colts were not one of those teams.
32 compensatory choices in the 2018 @NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 teams pic.twitter.com/7so8TJfChd— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) February 23, 2018
A compensatory selection is a pick awarded to a team by the NFL and it can now be traded, as of 2017. The picks are awarded based on a formula that factors in the salary, playing time and awards/honours of a free agent(s) that a team lost in the previous offseason.
The NFL also factors in the players that a team signs in the previous offseason. For example, if they lose a superstar player to free agency, but sign two very good players who make the Pro Bowl, they will most likely not be rewarded a selection.
John McClain and others are reporting the Houston Texans will receive three compensatory draft picks for the 2018 NFL Draft. Specifically, the Texans will receive a third-round draft pick and two sixth-rounders, bringing their total amount of picks to eight in the upcoming draft.
Texans get the third round compensatory pick for losing CB AJ Bouye and two sixth round picks for losing OLB John Simon and S Quintin Demps in free agency.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) February 23, 2018
Losing A.J. Bouye by not matching Jacksonville’s offer or franchise-tagging him was a total disaster, and this is little consolation.