Today, the NFL released the compensatory picks for all teams that qualified. The formula is a company secret, but to put it into the simplest terms, it comes down to free agents lost versus free agents acquired. The league determines who gets the extra picks and who doesn’t, and these picks are locked in and not able to be traded. Cincinnati lost guys like Pat Sims, Manny Lawson, Dan Skuta, and Bruce Gradkowski, while adding Josh Johnson, Mike Pollack, and Alex Smith.
The Bengals will receive two compensatory picks in this year’s draft. They will be pick number 212 in the sixth round, and pick number 252 in the seventh round. These will the the 23rd and 24th compensatory picks in team history. Past picks have been used on Bernard Scott, Landon Johnson, Andre Caldwell, and most recently, on Reid Fragel and TJ Johnson in 2013. The 2014 NFL Draft features a deep and talented class, so while the extra picks are late ones, there could still be value on the board.
Within the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers also received two picks, including a third rounder. The Baltimore Ravens will have four extra picks, while the Cleveland Browns didn’t get any. Of course, it remains to be seen how these picks will benefit the teams, but in what figures to be a tough division, they can only help.