Bengals Not Projected to Have any 2020 Compensatory Picks

Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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After having three compensatory picks in 2019, it looks as if the Bengals will not have any in 2020.

For the first time since 2016, it appears the Bengals will not have any compensatory picks in next year’s NFL Draft.

Lance Zierlein of released his compensatory draft pick projections Monday. The Bengals were among the 17 teams Zierlein does not expect to get any draft compensation in 2020.

The AFC North rival Browns are also not projected to receive any compensatory picks. However, the Ravens are projected to have four. This is tied for the most in the NFL with the Patriots, Seahawks, and Vikings. As for the Steelers, they are projected to get one compensatory selection.

According to Zierlein, a compensatory pick is awarded to a team based on a formula including a player’s average salary per year, snap count, and season awards.

Since the Bengals did not lose any significant free agents this offseason, it makes sense  that they likely will not be receiving any compensation in terms of draft picks.

In 2019, the Bengals traded one compensatory pick away, used one to draft Auburn linebacker DeShaun Davis, and the other to select Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson.

Despite the fact the team may be without a compensatory selection in 2020, they will still be armed with the standard seven draft picks, one in each round.

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However, it is not official the Bengals will be without any compensatory picks next year. This is only a projection. The official process will take place at a later date and the results will not be  announced until after the 2019 NFL season.