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Texans will have to wait until next year for compensatory picks

The loss of Mario Williams should fetch a 3rd round compensatory pick for the Texans - next year
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A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2012 NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 teams, the NFL announced today in a release.

As expected, the Texans weren't among those teams.

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.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 221 choices in the seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft (April 26-28).

This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

Thirty compensatory picks were awarded to clubs based upon the compensatory pick formula. By rule, two additional choices were awarded at the end of the seventh round to bring the total number of compensatory selections to 32, equaling the number of NFL clubs. The two additional picks were awarded to St. Louis and Indianapolis based upon the 2012 draft selection order.

The Texans lost Vonta Leach and Bernard Pollard last season but those losses were offset by the acquisition of Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning.

Next year should be the Texans year for compensatory picks. I would expect a 3rd rounder for Mario Williams based on precedent. Mike Brisiel, Jason Allen and Joel Dreessen should fetch late round compensation depending on how the rest of free agency plays out.

The following 2012 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council:


  • 3 33-95 Oakland
  • 4 33-128 Minnesota
  • 34-129 Oakland
  • 35-130 Baltimore
  • 36-131 New York Giants
  • 37-132 Green Bay
  • 38-133 Green Bay
  • 39-134 Minnesota
  • 40-135 Dallas
  • 5 33-168 Oakland
  • 34-169 Baltimore
  • 35-170 Indianapolis
  • 6 33-202 New York Jets
  • 34-203 New York Jets
  • 35-204 Cleveland
  • 36-205 Cleveland
  • 37-206 Indianapolis
  • 38-207 Carolina
  • 7 33-240 Pittsburgh
  • 34-241 Green Bay
  • 35-242 New York Jets
  • 36-243 Green Bay
  • 37-244 New York Jets
  • 38-245 Cleveland
  • 39-246 Pittsburgh
  • 40-247 Cleveland
  • 41-248 Pittsburgh
  • 42-249 Atlanta
  • 43-250 San Diego
  • 44-251 Buffalo
  • 45-252 St. Louis
  • 46-253 Indianapolis

An example of how this works is that last year Oakland lost Nnamdi Asomugha, Robert Gallery, Bruce Gradkowski, Zach Miller and Thomas Howard. They gained Kevin Boss and Stephen Heyer.

Based on the top secret NFL formula, the net loss for the Raiders is worth 3rd, 4th and 5th round picks.


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