The Detroit Lions will have a couple extra chances to build some depth thanks to today’s announcement of compensatory draft picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.
4th-round compensatory picks go to Detroit, Baltimore, Houston, Detroit, NYJ, Baltimore, Atlanta and New England.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2014
Compensatory picks are awarded to teams who have a disproportionate amount of talent leaving via free agency than they bring in. With Cliff Avril, Gosder Cherilus, Justin Durant, Drayton Florence and Sammie Lee Hill departing in free agency the Lions lost more than they gained (at least according to the NFL’s super secret forumula) in signing Reggie Bush, Jason Jones and Glover Quin.
Those two parts of the equation worked out to two additional fourth-round picks for the Lions. That helps soften the blow of being without their fifth round pick as a result of the Mike Thomas trade. If the Lions can add a couple prospects of Devin Taylor’s caliber – the player they drafted in the fourth round last year – they will be well on their way to filling the back-end of their roster with young, cheap talent.