The NFL Draft is only a couple of months away and the mock draft season has already amped up big time across the Internet and among all of the draftniks and “experts” out there.
What many forget about are the compensatory draft picks that add to a team’s overall draft numbers.
Cited as the expert on the compensatory pick was Blogging The Beast, which has utilized existing rules to project all of the upcoming compensatory picks for this upcoming draft. The rules seem, on their face value, pretty simple, but like anything else dealing with NFL contracts and the draft – they are not so simple. In fact, it comes down to a formula involving the loss of a free agent and that player’s salary, playing time and awards.
Well, it looks like the Packers net loss was one. While they signed free agent Jeff Saturday, the Packers lost Matt Flynn and Scott Wells to Seattle and St. Louis, respectively. Flynn was penciled in as the starter for the Seahawks, signed a three-year $26 million contract, and then rode the bench behind upstart Russell Wilson. Wells signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Rams and then got injured. As we all know, Saturday started three-fourths of the season for the Packers before deciding he couldn’t give it his all anymore and was benched for Evan Dietrich-Smith.
So, what that all adds up to is a fourth-round compensatory pick for the Packers this coming April. As of now, the Packers start with the twenty-sixth pick in the first round and will have one in each of the six remaining rounds, not including the compensatory.
But we all know how fluid the draft becomes once the clock starts.
Let the fun begin.