In losing two free agents while signing none other than their own, the Detroit Lions find themselves in position to gain an extra draft pick or two come April.
Blogging the bEast took a shot at projecting how the league will award compensatory picks and the Lions come away with two. The NFL uses a complex formula for determining how compensatory picks will be awarded. It requires a team has a net loss of free agents and awards compensatory picks based on a combination of salary, playing time and awards.
The loss of cornerback Eric Wright to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was assumed to get the Lions an additional draft pick from the very beginning. That’s exactly what the projections shows, with a fourth round pick coming to the Lions. The Lions are currently without their 2013 fourth round pick from the 2012 draft day trade with the Minnesota Vikings that allowed the team to draft Tahir Whitehead.
While some thought that the Lions might only gain that one compensatory pick, Blogging the bEast projects the Lions to receive an additional seventh round pick from the loss of Drew Stanton. This falls in a bit of a gray area, as they note:
One player that counted, Drew Stanton, was traded from the team that signed him, the Jets, to Indianapolis. I gave Detroit a pick for losing him. Neither the Jets or Indianapolis had comp picks to lose, but that would have been an interesting situation to see. I can’t see comp pick rights moving as a result of trade.
The projection based on losing Eric Wright should be seen as quite solid, but we’ll have to wait until the league meetings held March 17-20 to know if the Lions will get an additional pick for losing Stanton. While an additional seventh round pick might not seem like a lot, Martin Mayhew once traded a seventh round pick for Shaun Hill.