Granting teams compensatory draft picks is part of the NFL’s way of reimbursing clubs for the loss of certain players.And it looks like the Dallas Cowboys could get some extra picks in 2014 because of it due to the loss of these three players: cornerback Mike Jenkins, linebacker Victor Butler, and defensive end Kenyon Coleman.
The league determines these picks through a complicated formula that has never been released publicly. But the good folks over at Philly.com have had a successful history of predicting the recipients. And this year, they believe Dallas will receive three compensatory selections in the seventh round. These extra picks could be very useful during a draft that features the biggest underclassman group in NFL history.
Here’s how Wikipedia describes the purpose of compensatory picks:
“In addition to the 32 selections in each of the seven rounds, a total of 32 compensatory picks are awarded to teams that have lost more or better compensatory free agents than they signed in the previous year.Teams that gain and lose the same number of players but lose higher-valued players than they gain also can be awarded a pick, but only in the seventh round, after the other compensatory picks. Compensatory picks cannot be traded, and the placement of the picks is determined by a proprietary formula based on the player’s salary, playing time, and postseason honors with his new team, with salary being the primary factor. So, for example, a team that lost a linebacker who signed for $2.5 million per year in free agency might get a sixth-round compensatory pick, while a team that lost a wide receiver who signed for $5 million per year might receive a fourth-round pick.”
The bad news here is the Cowboys would be unable to trade these picks to get down into the higher rounds. But Dallas does already own two seventh round selections they could wheel and deal with.
We will not know if Dallas is officially awarded these compensatory picks until after the NFL’s annual owner’s meeting in late March (23-26).