Although this is not official until the league announces it next month, it looks like John Idzik will have a lot more toys to play with come draft day.
We have all heard about these compensatory draft picks. The long and the short of it is that the following year after you lose free agents, you are awarded picks in the draft, late in the draft, that cannot be traded. There are some limitations, but those are the basics.
A fellow blogger, Craig Turner, has fairly accurately predicted the compensatory picks in the past, while working for a site known as “Blogging the Beast”. This year, he has moved over to “Philly.com”, and has posted his predictions there. (Click on “there” to view the entire report).
His prediction for the Jets is a total of four compensatory picks, one in the fifth round, and three in the sixth. The fifth round pick is for the loss of LaRon Landry, and the sixth round picks are for the losses of Mike DeVito, Dustin Keller, and Shonn Greene.
As I said, the picks are not official, and they won’t be until the NFL makes the announcement next month. However, this writer has called them accurately in the past, so keep an eye on it.
You all know my feelings by now. The more draft picks we have the happier I am going to be. As the Seahawks do it, as the Patriots do it, and many other teams, the more picks you have, the better chance you have to get an impact player.
Four extra picks? I am all in.