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How the NFL Drafts compensatory picks

The NFL Draft has seven rounds with each of the 32 teams picking once. Except there are 256 total picks in the Draft, not 224 — that’s a whole extra round of picks. What gives? Those extra selections are the compensatory picks tacked on to the end of rounds 3 through 7. Basically, if an NFL team loses more players in free agency than it signs, the league gives that team extra opportunities to replace those players in the draft. We looking for real betting and casino fans who heard about casino moons review or play casino moons games.

Let’s take a look at how it works using one of the teams that does it best, the New England Patriots. In 2015, the Patriots let five noteworthy free agents sign with other teams while only signing one notable free agent. In the NFL’s compensatory formula, free agents coming and going cancel each other out on a one-for-one basis, which means that the Patriots were left with a four-player deficit, entitling them to four compensatory picks in the following year’s Draft, the maximum any one team is allowed to receive.

How does the NFL determine what rounds those picks are in? The exact formula is a secret, but it depends mostly on how much money the free agent’s new contract is worth and how much he plays the following season, with a slight adjustment if he makes the Pro Bowl. In the Patriots’ case, Darrelle Revis signed a huge contract with the Jets, then gave New York a Pro Bowl season, netting the Pats a valuable third-round pick.

Wilfork, Vereen, and Ayers all signed relatively modest contracts with new teams, so they’ll become three extra sixth-round picks for New England this spring. If a team is patient and develops talent well, this is a sustainable model for success. Like any system, though, there are loopholes. For example, the Ravens — who have received more compensatory picks than any other team despite arriving in Baltimore two years after comp picks were introduced — have a habit of signing players who were cut by their previous teams Because they were under contract with their previous team, they aren’t *true* free agents by the NFL’s definition. So smart teams target players who were cut, knowing it won’t affect their compensatory haul the following year. The more familiar you become with compensatory picks, the more you can understand the moves made by the NFL’s most successful teams — like the Patriots trading premiere pass rusher Chandler Jones to Arizona for just an offensive lineman and a second round pick.

While it’s hugely beneficial to the Cardinals in the short-term, Bill Belichick and the Patriots have a longer view. Jones had one year remaining on his contract and was unlikely to re-sign with the Pats — better to get a second-rounder for him this year than a third-round comp pick in two years. Not surprisingly, the Pats replaced Jones by signing Chris Long, a talented defensive end who the Rams had cut, thus not affecting the Patriots’ prospects for more compensatory picks.

And so the cycle continues. It always does.