While the draft order is set after the Super Bowl, the official number of picks for the draft as a whole and for each team isn’t set till the 2019 NFL Draft Compensatory Picks are announced. Only 32 total Compensatory picks can be given out and are determined by the NFL Management Council given based on free agents lost compared to free agents signed in an overly complicated formula.
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NFL awarded compensatory draft picks today – Patriots and Rams each received two third-round picks. The full list, per sources: pic.twitter.com/NDYBU01WKA
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 22, 2019
Compensatory Picks have long been crucial for NFL teams who have lost key free agents and used this extra picks to add talented players including in the 2016 draft where the Dallas Cowboys used a Compensatory Pick they gained to take Dak Prescott.
Seven 3rd round picks were awarded this year compared to the 4 picks being awarded in 2018’s draft and the eleven in 2017. The Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots are tied with three total picks each for the most out of any team awarded. Two of the Patriots picks are in the third round, while the Rams also have two third round picks.
For the longest time teams were locked into their Compensatory Picks and not allowed to trade them but recent rule changes make the 2017 NFL Draft the third year teams can trade their Compensatory Picks.