Reports indicate that the NFL will announce the award of Compensatory Draft picks for 2013 at some point on Monday.
Based on their free agent losses last offseason, the Ravens are expected to receive four (4) Compensatory Draft picks for the next month’s NFL draft.
This would push the team’s total number of draft picks to 12, including the team’s 7 regular draft picks and “undisclosed” draft pick (per the official NFL transaction report) from San Francisco for Anquan Boldin.
Compensatory Draft picks are awarded to teams that suffer a net loss of Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs), although in some rare occasions teams that have lost and gained the same number of UFAs are awarded a 7th round Comp pick.
Under the Comp pick rules, the maximum number of Compensatory Draft Picks a team is permitted receive is four and Comp picks are awarded at the end of rounds 3-7.
This past offseason, six of the Ravens’ Unrestricted Free Agents were signed by other clubs to qualifying contracts. Those six players will be matched up against two Unrestricted Free Agent signings by the Ravens (CB Corey Graham ~ Bears and Sean Considine ~ Arizona) to net out to four Comp picks.
It is possible that Considine may not qualify in the evaluation, but that designation is a moot point anyway, since the maximum number of comp picks awarded to any individual team is four.
Last offseason, the Ravens lost G Ben Grubbs (Saints), LB Jarret Johnson (Chargers), S Tom Zbikowski (Colts), S Haruki Nakamura (Panthers), DE Cory Redding (Colts) and DT Brandon McKinney (Colts).
Players cut by the Ravens (Chris Carr), players signed after being cut by that player’s old team (WR Jacoby Jones ~ Texans) or signed after June 1st (G Bobbie Williams) do not count toward the compensatory pick calculation.
Based on the history of past Comp picks awards, it is likely that the Ravens will receive 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th round Comp picks, although, it is possible that the Comp pick for Grubbs could possibly end up being a 3rd rounder, instead of a 4th.