Is the NFL Getting Generous with the Compensatory Picks?

NFL Draft

The announcement of the 2014 compensatory picks continued the trend of higher and higher awards. Each year the league awards 32 selections based on a formula more secret than the that of Coke. But the league is seeing more 3rd and 4th round picks in recent years. This is the list of picks per round awarded from 2011 through 2014.




The improved picks are a direct result of the increased salaries paid to free agents. As the salary cap continues to increase, the compensatory picks will continue to be more and more valuable. It is hard to tell if any team will eventually get a 1st round pick. But the impact of the picks and free agent dollars will continue to make allowing good players to leave as free agents.


At some point the cost of luring a free agent may become too high. Until then free agents will leave and the value of the awarded picks will continue to grow.



That is what I think. Tell us what you think.


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