This year’s NFL Draft and first wave of the free agency period are barely in the books, but some are already looking ahead to the 2021 NFL Draft.
As such, NFL.com notes that Bill Belichick’s Patriots – almost always among the “winners” in the NFL’s compensatory pick system that rewards teams for a net loss of free agents – is already projecting the extra compensatory selections each team will receive in next April’s Draft.
According to NFL.com, New England will earn three extra draft picks next spring, including one coming just after the third round and another two sandwiched after the fourth round.
Those picks result from the Patriots losing free agents Tom Brady, Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins this spring and not signing any free agents of any real significance.
NFL.com writes in its analysis: “The formula is very straightforward here, with the Patriots losing five qualifiers and collecting two free agents with very modest contracts to cancel out the lower-end free agents. The contracts for Brady and Van Noy will clearly garner a third-round pick and a fourth-rounder, respectively, while Collins is likely to bring in a fourth.”
NFL.com projects the Cowboys as the only NFL team that will earn four compensatory picks next spring, while the Patriots, Packers and Falcons will get three apiece.
According to NFL.com the league is split completely in half in terms of 16 teams expected to receive compensatory picks and 16 teams that will not.