Cardinals' compensatory picks worth more than any other team's haul

Posted February 24, 2018

The New York Giants may have surrendered a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in exchange for cornerback Ross Cockrell, but based on the league's compensatory formula, they will also receive a fourth-round selection.

This year, in addition to the team's own seven selections, they received two picks from trades: A fourth-round selection was acquired from San Francisco in a draft-day trade for Kapri Bibbs, and a fifth-round pick was received in a September trade with Atlanta for tackle Ty Sambrailo.

Even if a team loses and gains the same amount of players but lost higher valued talent, they can get a pick.

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Regardless, the Colts are another step closer to the draft, even if they will be without compensatory picks. Lang, Julius Peppers, Jared Cook, JC Tretter and Eddie Lacy to free agency.

The Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans were awarded three picks apiece, including one each in Round 3 for the departures of Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye, respectively. Both picks are in the sixth round. This marks the first time since 2011 that Tampa Bay has been awarded a compensatory pick.

The Baltimore Ravens, who lead the National Football League with 49 compensatory picks received since 1994, garnered just one pick, a sixth-rounder.

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Compensatory picks were previously not allowed to be traded, until a rule change allowed dealing such picks starting in 2017.

The Browns used three compensatory picks in 2016 to select tight end Seth DeValve at No. 138, wide receiver Rashard Higgins at No. 172 and defensive back Trey Caldwell at No. 173.

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