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NFL Compensatory Draft Picks Continue to Aid Stronger Teams

By Chris Malumphy

The NFL has awarded 16 teams a total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2013 NFL Draft. The compensatory draft picks were awarded to teams that lost more or better compensatory free agents lasts season than they signed. Teams may qualify for as many as four compensatory picks. The picks will be made at the conclusion of rounds 3 through 7 and are awarded based on the value of the free agents lost.

The compensatory draft system generally helps stronger, not weaker teams. It is anathema to the purpose of the draft, which is to help balance the playing field and achieve parity.

The Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens were each awarded four compensatory picks. Their combined record last season was 23-9 (.719). The San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans were awarded two picks each. Their combined record was 17-14-1 (.546). The Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks were awarded one compensatory pick apiece. Their combined record was 46-50 (.479). One pick was awarded to the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers who were a combined 47-49 (.489). Sixteen teams received no compensatory picks. Their combined record was 122-133-1 (.478).

Those winning percentages show, once again, that compensatory picks do not help the teams in need, but more typically are provided to teams with better records.

2013 NFL Compensatory Draft Picks
Third Round
TeamRecordPickPlayer
Houston Texans 12-4-0 (.750)3395
Kansas City Chiefs 2-14-0 (.125)3496
Tennessee Titans 6-10-0 (.375)3597
Fourth Round
TeamRecordPickPlayer
Baltimore Ravens 10-6-0 (.625)33130
San Francisco 49ers 11-4-1 (.719)34131
Detroit Lions 4-12-0 (.250)35132
Atlanta Falcons 13-3-0 (.813)36133
Fifth Round
TeamRecordPickPlayer
Miami Dolphins 7-9-0 (.438)33166
Green Bay Packers 11-5-0 (.688)34167
Baltimore Ravens 10-6-0 (.625)35168
Sixth Round
TeamRecordPickPlayer
Houston Texans 12-4-0 (.750)33201
Tennessee Titans 6-10-0 (.375)34202
Baltimore Ravens 10-6-0 (.625)35203
Kansas City Chiefs 2-14-0 (.125)36204
Oakland Raiders 4-12-0 (.250)37205
Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8-0 (.500)38206
Seventh Round
TeamRecordPickPlayer
Philadelphia Eagles 4-12-0 (.250)33239
Cincinnati Bengals 10-6-0 (.625)34240
Seattle Seahawks 11-5-0 (.688)35241
Seattle Seahawks 11-5-0 (.688)36242
Atlanta Falcons 13-3-0 (.813)37243
Atlanta Falcons 13-3-0 (.813)38244
Detroit Lions 4-12-0 (.250)39245
San Francisco 49ers 11-4-1 (.719)40246
Baltimore Ravens 10-6-0 (.625)41247
Tennessee Titans 6-10-0 (.375)42248
Atlanta Falcons 13-3-0 (.813)43249
Miami Dolphins 7-9-0 (.438)44250
Cincinnati Bengals 10-6-0 (.625)45251
San Francisco 49ers 11-4-1 (.719)46252
N.Y. Giants 9-7-0 (.563)47253
Indianapolis Colts 11-5-0 (.688) 48254

2013 NFL Compensatory Draft Picks by Team
TeamRecordRoundPickPlayer
Atlanta Falcons 13-3-0 (.813)436133
737243
738244
743249
Baltimore Ravens 10-6-0 (.625)433130
535168
635203
741247
Cincinnati Bengals 10-6-0 (.625)734240
745251
Detroit Lions 4-12-0 (.250)435132
739245
Green Bay Packers 11-5-0 (.688)534167
Houston Texans 12-4-0 (.750)33395
633201
Indianapolis Colts 11-5-0 (.688) 748254
Kansas City Chiefs 2-14-0 (.125)33496
636204
Miami Dolphins 7-9-0 (.438)533166
744250
New York Giants 9-7-0 (.563)747253
Oakland Raiders 4-12-0 (.250)637205
Philadelphia Eagles 4-12-0 (.250)733239
Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8-0 (.500)638206
San Francisco 49ers 11-4-1 (.719)434131
740246
746252
Seattle Seahawks 11-5-0 (.688)735241
736242
Tennessee Titans 6-10-0 (.375)33597
634202
742248
2013 NFL Teams without Commpensatory Draft Picks
TeamRecordRoundPickPlayer
Arizona Cardinals5-11-0 (.313)      
Buffalo Bills6-10-0 (.375)      
Carolina Panthers7-9-0 (.438)      
Chicago Bears10-6-0 (.625)      
Cleveland Browns5-11-0 (.313)      
Dallas Cowboys8-8-0 (.500)      
Denver Broncos13-3-0 (.813)      
Jacksonville Jaguars2-14-0 (.125)      
Minnesota Vikings10-6-0 (.625)      
New England Patriots12-4-0 (.750)      
New Orleans Saints7-9-0 (.438)      
New York Jets6-10-0 (.375)      
San Diego Chargers7-9-0 (.438)      
St. Louis Rams7-8-1 (.469)      
Tampa Bay Buccaneers7-9-0 (.438)      
Washington Redskins10-6-0 (.625)      

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