The 2015 NFL Draft will include 32 compensatory picks.  The NFL announced today that 14 of the 32 teams will receive compensatory compensation.

Rules for compensatory selections provided by NFL Communications; a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.  The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.  The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 224 choices in the seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The NFL Draft will again host a three day format, first round will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 30.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 1 at 7:00 PM ET followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, May 2 at 12:00 PM ET, in Chicago.

As most years, the compensatory picks will again be positioned between the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.  Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.  The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council.  Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) limits the number of compensatory picks to the number of clubs then in the league (32).  This year three clubs Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Green Bay, because they qualified for compensatory picks under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because they ranked 33rd, 34th and 35th, respectively, among all compensatory picks.  All three clubs will receive picks for other compensatory free agents lost who ranked within the top 32 compensatory picks.

The following 2015 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council:


3 33-97 New England
3 34-98 Kansas City
3 35-99 Cincinnati
4 33-132 San Francisco
4 34-133 Denver
4 35-134 Seattle
4 36-135 Cincinnati
4 37-136 Baltimore
5 33-169 Carolina
5 34-170 Seattle
5 35-171 Baltimore
5 36-172 Kansas City
5 37-173 Kansas City
5 38-174 Houston
5 39-175 Baltimore
6 33-208 Denver
6 34-209 Seattle
6 35-210 Green Bay
6 36-211 Houston
6 37-212 Green Bay
6 38-213 Carolina
6 39-214 Seattle
6 40-215 St. Louis
6 41-216 Houston
6 42-217 Kansas City
7 33-250 Denver
7 34-251 Denver
7 35-252 Pittsburgh
7 36-253 New England
7 37-254 San Francisco
7 38-255 Indianapolis
7 39-256 Arizona


The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2014 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2015:


ARIZONA Lost: Antoine Cason, Karlos Dansby, Jim Dray, Andre Roberts
  Gained: Ted Ginn, Ted Larsen, Jared Veldheer
BALTIMORE Lost: Ed Dickson*, Corey Graham, James Ihedigbo, Arthur Jones, Michael Oher
  Gained: Darian Stewart
CAROLINA Lost: Ted Ginn, Domenik Hixon, Brandon LaFell, Michael Mitchell, Captain Munnerlyn
  Gained: Antoine Cason, Jerricho Cotchery, Ed Dickson
CINCINNATI Lost: Anthony Collins, Michael Johnson
  Gained: None
DENVER Lost: Robert Ayers, Zane Beadles, Eric Decker, Jeremy Mincey^, Knowshon Moreno, Shaun Phillips, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Wesley Woodyard
  Gained: Emmanuel Sanders, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward
GREEN BAY Lost: Evan Dietrich-Smith, James Jones, C.J. Wilson*
  Gained: None
HOUSTON Lost: Joe Mays, Earl Mitchell, Antonio Smith, Ben Tate
  Gained: Kendrick Lewis
INDIANAPOLIS Lost: Antoine Bethea, Donald Brown, Kavell Conner
  Gained: Arthur Jones, Hakeem Nicks
KANSAS CITY Lost: Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, Quintin Demps, Tyson Jackson, Akeem Jordan^, Kendrick Lewis^, Dexter McCluster, Geoff Schwartz
  Gained: Joe Mays, Vance Walker
NEW ENGLAND Lost: LeGarrette Blount, Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes, Aqib Talib
  Gained: Brandon Browner, Brandon LaFell
PITTSBURGH Lost: Ryan Clark, Jerricho Cotchery, Evander Hood, David Johnson*, Emmanuel Sanders, Al Woods
  Gained: LeGarrette Blount, Michael Mitchell, Arthur Moats, Cam Thomas
SEATTLE Lost: Brandon Browner, Breno Giacomini, Chris Maragos^, Clinton McDonald, Paul McQuistan^, Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond^
  Gained: None
SAN FRANCISCO Lost: Tarell Brown, Anthony Dixon, Donte Whitner
  Gained: Antoine Bethea
ST. LOUIS Lost: Kellen Clemens, Shelley Smith, Darian Stewart, Chris Williams
  Gained: Kenny Britt, Alex Carrington, Shaun Hill


*Did not qualify for a compensatory pick, 32 picks already awarded.

^Compensatory pick not awarded. Maximum of four already allocated.




Denver 4
Kansas City 4
Seattle 4
Baltimore 3
Houston 3
Carolina 2
Cincinnati 2
Green Bay 2
New England 2
San Francisco 2
Arizona 1
Indianapolis 1
Pittsburgh 1
St. Louis 1




Baltimore 44
Green Bay 35
Dallas 33
St. Louis ** 31
Philadelphia 30
Pittsburgh 30
Tennessee *** 30
New England 29
Buffalo 26
San Francisco 25
Cincinnati 24
Seattle 24
NY Giants 23
Indianapolis 21
Detroit 19
Jacksonville 19
Kansas City 19
Atlanta 18
San Diego 18
Tampa Bay 18
Arizona 17
Chicago 17
Miami 17
Minnesota 17
Oakland 17
Carolina 16
Denver 13
NY Jets 13
Houston 12
Washington 12
New Orleans 10
Cleveland 6


* 1994 was the first year that compensatory draft choices were awarded.

** St. Louis picks include those awarded to Los Angeles Rams.

*** Tennessee picks include those awarded to Houston Oilers.


(Data provided by NFL Communications/NFL Media)