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:
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|
|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|
|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*|
|HOUSTON||Lost:||Joe Mays, Earl Mitchell, Antonio Smith, Ben Tate|
|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^|
|SAN FRANCISCO||Lost:||Tarell Brown, Anthony Dixon, Donte Whitner|
|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.
TOTAL 2015 NFL COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS
NFL CLUB SUMMARY OF COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS, 1994-2015 *
|St. Louis **||31|
* 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)