Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claps as New England Patriots former lineman Joe Andruzzi (not pictured) speaks during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Rams Projected To Receive Four Compensatory Picks


Dec 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brandon Gibson (11) celebrates after catching a pass for the winning touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Rams beat the Bills 15-12. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Last season the Rams did not receive any compensatory picks, and were traded away their picks after the 5th round to receive running back Zac Stacy. This season is different however as the Rams are projected to receive four compensatory picks in this year’s draft.

Jimmy Kempski used to run the football blog Blogging the bEast, but has since moved on to Philly.com. One of the great features that moved with him is the posting of Craig Turner’s projection of compensatory draft picks.

The specific formula that the NFL uses to determine the picks isn’t known, but Turner has produced highly reliable projections in previous years, as he has been spot on in the past.

The process, is that picks are awarded to teams that have a net loss in player moving through free agency the year before. Money, playing time and awards are also part of the process but exactly how is not clear. Players who become free agents because they were cut or were a non-tendered RFA or ERFA do not count.

Last season the Rams lost Brandon Gibson, Rob Turner, Craig Dahl, and Bradley Fletcher. Here are their projected compensation picks.

6 – St. Louis – Brandon Gibson
7 – St. Louis – Bradley Fletcher
7 – St. Louis – Craig Dahl
7 – St. Louis – Rob Turner

The highest compensation pick this season went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round as they lost wide receiver Mike Wallace last offseason in free agency.

A pick in the sixth and three in the seventh isn’t something to jump up and down for, but the Rams have more picks and who knows, they may find that diamond in the rough. If anything the Rams can use them to move ahead in other rounds.

Remember these are not official, and won’t be until the NFL makes their announcement next month. Kempski does have a good reputation though, so these should be pretty close.

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  • Gary Stewart

    blaine check me on this but i do not believe you can actually trade a compensatory pick of course your own picks can be and another point is the 6th rounder is after all 32 teams and then in order of draft position i believe so while the picks would be at the end of the rounds at least it allows the rams to trade their own which are earlier picks and may have more value to a team trying to fill a certain need at a low risk spot let me know if i am wrong on the trading of the comp picks thanks

    • Blaine Grisak

      You’re right, I should have looked into that my mistake. A team cannot trade their comp picks. You are right though the Rams could trade their own and then have these to fall back on.

      • Gary Stewart

        thanks for looking it up and it does make our own picks at least a bit easier to trade away

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