The National Football League announced that 16 teams will share 32 compensatory draft picks in April’s NFL Draft and the Kansas City Chiefs will gain an additional third-round pick as well as an extra 6th-round selection.
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and post-season honors. The NFL Management Council developed the formula and not every free agent qualifies under the formula.
The extra third-round pick for the Chiefs is the #96 pick overall in the draft, while the sixth-round pick is #204. The Chiefs now have eight picks in the draft. They do not have their second-round pick (#34 overall) because they traded it to San Francisco for QB Alex Smith.
Their current draft pick status is as follows (teams cannot trade compensatory picks):
- 1st Round, Pick #1
- 3rd Round, Pick #63
- 3rd Round Compensatory, Pick #96
- 4th Round, Pick #99
- 5th Round, Pick #134
- 6th Round, Pick #170
- 6th Round Compensatory, Pick #204
- 7th Round, Pick #207
Last year, the Chiefs lost CB Brandon Carr, RB Le’Ron McClain, QB Kyle Orton, and OL Barry Richardson to free agency while signing RB Peyton Hillis and QB Brady Quinn. Cynical Chiefs fans may reflect back on what former GM Scott Pioli signed versus what the team lost and wonder why they are only getting two compensatory picks? However, we will keep this positive for now.
Atlanta and Baltimore got the most 2013 compensatory picks with four each while the 49ers and Titans received three. Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Miami and Seattle join Kansas City with two picks each. Green Bay, Indianapolis, the N.Y. Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh each got one extra pick.
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