The Dallas Cowboys received good news this week also regarding their compensatory picks as they were awarded the NFL maximum of four picks giving the team two picks in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds in the upcoming 2021 NFL draft.
The team has enough ammunition to make moves if they like at any point in the draft. I would even suggest the team has enough draft capital to attempt to trade back into the first round after they select the player of their choice with the tenth overall selection.
The Cowboys have four of the top 100 picks for losing Byron Jones, Robert Quinn, Randall Cobb, Xavier Su’a-Filo, Jeff Heath, and Jason Witten last year in free agency. The compensatory formula is difficult to navigate but has been deciphered to an extent over the last few years.
It is going to be interesting to see what the team does in free agency as netting more players than they envisioned could also lead the team to trade off draft capital for more ammunition next year. If the Cowboys go out and signed free agents this week, it is going to have a negative effect on their compensatory selections for next year.
If you are not aware, any player lost in free agency is canceled out by any signee in the same earnings bracket. Thee is so much more involved with compensatory picks but that is just a basic overview.
If Dallas is indeed active before the compensatory cutoff date has passed, the Dallas Cowboys would be wise to trade some draft capital for future compensation. The Cowboys look to have a plethora of role players but lack impact defenders.
Some of the later round selections might not even make this year’s roster so planning to have a little extra bread for the future could be in the cards come draft weekend.