The NY Jets are set to enter the 2024 NFL Draft with only five picks to their name as a result of both the Aaron Rodgers trade and the Chuck Clark trade. However, they might have a few more picks than initially expected.
Over The Cap recently released their projections for 2024 compensatory picks, and the Jets are slated to have three additional picks awarded to them in this year's draft.
All three compensatory picks are projected to be in the seventh round, and the last of which has a good chance of being the final pick in the draft. Yes, that means the Jets very well might be awarded the famous "Mr. Irrelevent" selection this year.
Compensatory picks are determined by a formula that takes into account players lost in free agency and players signed the previous offseason. Average salary, snap counts, and awards are all determining factors in the formula.
How did the NY Jets get three compensatory draft picks?
The Jets were eligible for as many as five compensatory draft picks this year because of the losses of Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd, Mike White, Nate Herbig, and Dan Feeney last offseason.
Rankins would have equated to a fifth-round pick while Shepherd was in line to give the Jets a sixth-rounder, but those picks were canceled out by the signings of Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman.
The White, Herbig, and Feeney signings each award the Jets with a compensatory pick in the seventh round, however. OTC projects the Feeney pick will be the final selection in the draft, although they do insist it'll be a tight race between that pick and the Jacksonville Jaguars for the loss of Chris Manhertz.
If that selection is awarded to the Jaguars instead, the Jets will only end up with two compensatory picks. The NFL typically announces compensatory selections a few days before the start of the new league year in March, so we likely have to wait a little before it's official.
Jets general manager Joe Douglas will be hoping to put those draft picks to good use this year. Outside of a loaded 2022 draft class, Douglas' track record has been spotty with the Jets, and his 2023 draft already looks like a mixed bag.
While three extra seventh-round picks doesn't move the needle much, it's never a bad thing to have additional draft compensation. The Jets could always use those picks to move up in the draft or even in future trade packages.
They're additional assets to the organization — and that's always welcomed.
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