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The reason that Dimitroff is expecting 2 comp picks rather than the 3 picks that I project, probably has to do with whether McCown will count as a compensable loss or not by Atlanta. McCown's annual compensation of $905,000 is very near the minimum threshold cutoff, which can change each year. In the past that minimum threshold has run between $800,000 to $900,000. If McCown does NOT count as a compensable free agent lost, because his compensation is too low, then Atlanta would just have a net loss of 2 = 2 comp picks, rather than a net loss of 3.

Or maybe there are more than 32 qualifying situations and the players closest to the lowest threshold will drop off.

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Can there not be more than 32 comp picks?

Nope, there are exactly 32 total comp picks awarded each year.

Compensatory picks

In addition to the 32 selections in each of the seven rounds, a total of 32 compensatory picks are awarded to teams that have lost more or better compensatory free agents than they signed in the previous year, up to a maximum of 4 per team .[58] The number of comp picks that a team receives is based upon its Net Loss of "qualified" free agents. For example, if a team lost 5 qualified free agents but signed 3 qualified free agents during the previous year free agency period, then its net loss is 2 = 2 comp picks during this year's draft. If a team lost 6 qualified free agents, but only signed 1 qualified free agent, then its net loss = 5, but only 4 comp picks will be awarded, which is the maximum per team.

Teams that gain and lose the same number of players, (Net loss = 0), but lose higher-valued players than they gain, also can be awarded a pick, but only in the seventh round, after the other compensatory picks. In all cases, those teams lost the same number of qualifying free agents as they signed. No team has been awarded a comp pick after signing more qualifying free agents than it lost, no matter how significant the difference in combined value.

In order to "qualify" for the comp equation, a player must have been a true Unrestricted Free Agent whose contract had expired or was voided after the previous season (i.e., he cannot have been cut/released by his old team); he must sign during the UFA signing period (which ended July 27 last year); his compensatory value or contract value must be above a specific minimum threshold amount; and he cannot have been permanently released by his new team before a certain point in the season (which seems to be after Week 10).

Compensatory picks cannot be traded, and the placement of the picks is determined by a proprietary formula based on the player's salary, playing time, and postseason honors with his new team, with average annual salary being the primary factor.

All compensatory picks are awarded at the ends of Rounds 3 through 7.

If fewer than 32 such picks are awarded, the remaining picks are awarded in the order in which teams would pick in a hypothetical eighth round of the draft (These are known as "supplemental compensatory selections"). The supplemental compensatory picks are given, in order, to the teams that would be drafting if there were an eighth round, until the maximum of 32 has been reached. If there are 29 comps, for example, the NFL would give additional picks to the teams that would have the first three picks in the eighth round, if there were one.

Compensatory picks are awarded each year at the NFL annual meeting which is held at the end of March.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Atlanta Falcons await compensatory picks


By Vaughn McClure

Later today, the Atlanta Falcons will find how many compensatory draft picks they'll be awarded for the 2014 NFL draft.

The free-agent losses the Falcons are expected to be compensated for are cornerback Brent Grimes (Miami) and defensive end Vance Walker (Oakland). Pass-rusher John Abraham (Arizona) does not count in the equation because the Falcons cut him.

Last year, the Falcons tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the most compensatory draft picks with four. Those picks were used on tight end Levine Toilolo in the fourth round, and three seventh-rounders: safeties Kemal Ishmael and Zeke Motta and quarterback Sean Renfree.

The Falcons, who lost Tony Gonzalez to retirement, have high expectations for Toilolo at tight end, which emphasizes the importance of such a compensatory pick. Either Ishmael or Motta could have an increased role in 2014 just based on the lack of depth at safety, although the Falcons will have to address that issue in the draft.

During this year's NFL combine, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he anticipated receiving two to three compensatory draft picks this year. The Falcons currently have a pick in every round and own the sixth overall pick in the draft.

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DLed had two predictions this week:

  • The Falcons will receive 2 comp picks
  • The Falcons will receive 4 comp picks

The Falcons ended up receiving 3 comp picks. Oh DLed.

pardon me, D'led REPORTED that TD said 2

actually the Falcons DID QUALIFY FOR 4

it's just that #4 ranked 34 and they only give out 32

no way anyone could know how they would rank out

three clubs – Chicago, Atlanta and Cincinnati – 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

Oh and congrads to the Prof good job and thanks for clarifying things for me

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