The NFL granted 16 teams with a total of 32 compensatory picks that was announced Friday February 24th.

While the rules surrounding compensatory draft selections has been slightly foggy, the last few years the picture has become clear. For NFL clubs losing more or better compensatory free agents than it signs in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks in return, In the past this was not always guaranteed.

The formula used during this process deals with free agents that are determined by a formula of calculations based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. This was developed by the NFL Management Council many years ago. Keep in mind not all free agents lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula, and subsequently will not receive compensation.

Per NFL Communications: This year, four clubs: the Los Angeles Rams (one pick), the Green Bay Packers (one pick), the Pittsburgh Steelers (two picks), and the Arizona Cardinals (three picks) qualified for compensatory selections under the net loss formula, but will not receive those picks because the final numerical values of the CFAs who were lost by those clubs ranked 33rd through 39th among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections. Each of those four clubs will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

2017 is the first year in Draft History that Compensatory picks may be traded. A rule change that was approved by NFL clubs in 2015 permits compensatory draft picks to be traded moving forward. This gives the teams with multiple third round picks the fire power to trade up into the second round if they wish.

Listed below are the 2017 compensatory draft picks determined by the NFL Management Council for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Round Round Choice/

Overall Selection

Team
3 33-97 Miami
3 34-98 Carolina
3 35-99 Baltimore
3 36-100 Los Angeles Rams
3 37-101 Denver
3 38-102 Seattle
3 39-103 Cleveland
3 40-104 Kansas City
3 41-105 Pittsburgh
3 42-106 Seattle
3 43-107 New York Jets
     
4 32-138 Cincinnati
4 33-139 Cleveland
4 35-141* Los Angeles Rams
4 36-142 Cleveland
4 37-143 San Francisco
4 38-144 Indianapolis
     
5 33-178 Cincinnati
5 34-179 Denver
5 35-180 Miami
5 36-181 Arizona
5 37-182 Kansas City
5 38-183 Cleveland
5 39-184 Green Bay
5 40-185 New England
5 41-186 Miami
     
6 33-218 Kansas City
6 34-219 Cincinnati
6 35-220 Kansas City
     
7 33-253 Cincinnati
7 34-254 Denver
7 35-255 Denver

* As the result of League discipline, the New York Giants original selection in Round 4 (4-23-130) has been relegated to selection 4-34-140. Because that pick is a regular selection, it does not appear on the above list of compensatory draft selections.

The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2016 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2017 Draft:

ARIZONA Lost: Johnson, Rashad; Larsen, Ted; Massie, Bobby; Sowell, Bradley; Weatherspoon, Sean; White, Corey
  Gained: Branch, Tyvon; Mathis, Evan
     
BALTIMORE Lost: Osemele, Kelechi; Schaub, Matt; Upshaw, Courtney
  Gained: Watson, Benjamin; Weddle, Eric
     
CAROLINA Lost: Norman, Josh; Nortman, Brad
  Gained: Gradkowski, Gino
     
CINCINNATI Lost: Jones, Marvin; Lamur, Emmanuel; Nelson, Reggie; Sanu, Mohamed; Smith, Andre
  Gained:  
     
CLEVELAND Lost: Bademosi, Johnson; Benjamin, Travis; Gipson, Tashaun; Mack, Alex; Robertson, Craig; Schwartz, Mitchell
  Gained: Davis, Demario
     
DENVER Lost: Bruton, David; Davis, Vernon; Harris, Ryan; Jackson, Malik; Mathis, Evan; Osweiler, Brock; Trevathan, Danny
  Gained: Crick, Jared; Okung, Russell; Stephenson, Donald
     
GREEN BAY Lost: Hayward, Casey; Tolzien, Scott
  Gained:  
     
INDIANAPOLIS Lost: Fleener, Coby; Freeman, Jerrell; Lowery, Dwight
  Gained: Robinson, Patrick; Tolzien, Scott
     
KANSAS CITY Lost: Allen, Jeff; Branch, Tyvon; Daniel, Chase; Smith, Sean; Stephenson, Donald
  Gained: Schwartz, Mitchell
     
LOS ANGELES RAMS Lost: Fairley, Nick; Jenkins, Janoris; McLeod, Rodney
  Gained:  
     
MIAMI Lost: Matthews, Rishard; Miller, Lamar; Shelby, Derrick; Sheppard, Kelvin; Vernon, Olivier
  Gained: Abdul-Quddus; Isa, Branch, Andre
     
NEW ENGLAND Lost: Hicks, Akiem; Wilson, Tavon
  Gained: McClellin, Shea
     
NEW YORK JETS Lost: Davis, Demario; Harrison, Damon; Ivory, Chris
  Gained: Forte, Matt; McLendon, Steve
     
PITTSBURGH Lost: Beachum, Kelvin; Blake, Antwon; Johnson, Will; McLendon, Steve; Spence, Sean
  Gained: Green, Ladarius; Harris, Ryan
     
SAN FRANCISCO Lost: Boone, Alex
  Gained:  
     
SEATTLE Lost: Irvin, Bruce; Mebane, Brandon; Okung, Russell; Sweezy, J.R.
  Gained: Sowell, Bradley; Webb, J’Marcus


2017 NFL COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS

Cincinnati 4
Cleveland 4
Denver 4
Kansas City 4
Miami 3
Los Angeles Rams 2
Seattle 2
Arizona 1
Baltimore 1
Carolina 1
Green Bay 1
Indianapolis 1
New England 1
New York Jets 1
Pittsburgh 1
San Francisco 1
TOTAL 32


SUMMARY OF COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS, 1994-2017

Baltimore 48
Green Bay 38
Dallas 37
New England 34
Los Angeles Rams 33
Pittsburgh 32
Philadelphia 30
San Francisco 30
Tennessee 30
Seattle 29
Buffalo 28
Cincinnati 28
Kansas City 23
New York Giants 23
Indianapolis 22
Detroit 21
Denver 20
Miami 20
Arizona 19
Jacksonville 19
Los Angeles Chargers 19
Atlanta 18
Tampa Bay 18
Carolina 17
Chicago 17
Minnesota 17
Oakland 17
New York Jets 14
Cleveland 13
Houston 12
Washington 12
New Orleans 10
TOTAL 748