Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, the league officially announced all 32 compensatory picks to 15 different teams. Unfortunately, the New York Jets didn’t get any this year.
Earlier in the week, the NFL officially announced compensatory draft picks for 15 different teams heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, for the New York Jets, they didn’t get a single one. At this point in time, they currently hold the No. 6 overall pick, two second-round picks, and then regular picks in the third, fourth, fifth, six, and seventh round.
Compensatory picks are awarded to teams by the NFL that tends to lose key players to free agency. There is no real rule or honest explanation for how the league awards teams extra draft picks but there has been somewhat of a common theme.
If a team loses a lot of free agents, more than they acquire, they tend to get some. If a team loses a plethora of free agents, they can get a lot of compensation picks in return, just like in this offseason as four teams got four compensation picks added.
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In a tweet sent out by Michael Signora, the NFL Vice President of Football Communications, he confirmed which 15 teams earned compensatory draft picks in this year’s draft:
Cincinnati Bengals (4)Dallas Cowboys (4)Green Bay (4)Oakland Raiders (4)Arizona Cardinals (3)Houston Texans (3)Minnesota Vikings (2)Atlanta Falcons (1)Baltimore Ravens (1)Denver Broncos (1)Kansas City Chiefs (1)Los Angeles Chargers (1)New England Patriots (1)New York Giants (1)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1)
Last free agency, the Jets didn’t lose a lot of key players as they began to purge their roster of overpaid and underproductive players. That more than likely explains why they didn’t get any compensatory picks by the league since they decided to focus more on rebuilding the right way through the NFL Draft.
Overall, these 15 lucky teams just got some extra draft picks coming their way which will undoubtedly help them one way or the other. The best part is just like last year, compensatory picks are able to be traded to other teams which will make things even more excited once teams are officially on the clock.