Compensatory Draft Picks Released; Panthers Are Big Winners

The NFL announced 32 compensatory picks for 23 NFL teams on Monday. The formula used to determine compensatory picks is a secret around the NFL and it's never been released exactly how the league determines who receives a compensatory pick but 

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The formula has something to do with salary, postseason honors and playing time but we're not quite sure exactly how it works. Basically, if you lose a top free agent to free agency, you could be eligible to receive a draft pick -- from rounds 3-7 -- in return. These are additional picks added onto the already existent draft order. It's a way of keeping the competitive balance in the league.

The highest compensatory pick goes to the Carolina Panthers, which isn't a surprise with DE Julius Peppers leaving via free agency.  Here's the complete list:

 

ROUND CHOICE/

 

ROUND

OVERALL SELECTION

TEAM

3

33-97

 

Carolina

4

33-130

 

Tennessee

 

34-131

 

Green Bay

5

33-164

 

Baltimore

 

34-165

 

Baltimore

6

33-198

 

New York Giants

 

34-199

 

Kansas City

 

35-200

 

Minnesota

 

36-201

 

San Diego

 

37-202

 

New York Giants

 

38-203

 

Carolina

7

33-233

 

San Diego

 

34-234

 

Miami

 

35-235

 

Minnesota

 

36-236

 

Philadelphia

 

37-237

 

Tampa Bay

 

38-238

 

San Francisco

 

39-239

 

Philadelphia

 

40-240

 

Oakland

 

41-241

 

Seattle

 

42-242

 

New Orleans

 

43-243

 

Carolina

 

44-244

 

Buffalo

 

45-245

 

Cincinnati

 

46-246

 

Denver

 

47-247

 

Cleveland

 

48-248

 

Arizona

 

49-249

 

San Francisco

 

50-250

 

Tennessee

 

51-251

 

Dallas

 

52-252

 

Washington

 

53-253

 

Houston

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