Every year around this time, some NFL teams are giving nice little gifts prior to the start of free agency. The league itself doles out compensatory picks on an annual basis, picks that are given to teams who lose more free agents than they signed the previous spring.
While comp picks themselves have not hit at the same level as regular draft selections, there’s definitely been a tremendous amount of talent added to the NFL through this avenue.
This year, 11 teams were given compensatory selections at the end of the third round. Another five squads received fourth-round picks, while 15 picks were handed to squads in rounds five-through-seven.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the one-win Cleveland Browns took home the best bounty here. They received a third-round pick, two fourth-round picks and a fifth rounder as part of the formula.
Here’s the entire list, courtesy of NFL.com.
Over the past several years, we have seen prominent players selected with comp picks. Back in 2015, Denver Broncos starter Trevor Siemian was selected with a comp pick at the end of the seventh round. Meanwhile, reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with their fourth-round pick last year.