105.5 The Team – On Friday the NFL handed out compensatory picks for the upcoming NFL Draft, a list which the Bills were unsurprisingly absent from.
Compensatory picks are awarded based off of the number of free agent departures or quality free agent departures a team accrued in the previous offseason.
In 2016, the Bills earned two compensatory picks, one in the fourth-round and one in the sixth-round. The earlier of the two picks was used to select QB Cardale Jones, while CB Kevon Seymour was selected with the sixth-rounder.
Last offseason, Buffalo was adamant about retaining their top free agents, which included G Richie Incongito and T Cordy Glenn, while losing players like LB Nigel Bradham and WR Chris Hogan, who went on to win a Super Bowl with New England. None of the Bills losses were substantial enough to warrant any compensatory picks, however with more than 30 free agents to pursue this offseason they could have several picks awarded to them in 2018.
In total 17 teams received compensatory picks this season. Four received the maximum of four. This is the first year teams are permitted to trade compensatory picks.
Here is the full list of picks that were handed out by the NFL:
NFL awarded compensatory draft picks early this year. Here’s the full list of extra picks for teams: pic.twitter.com/0SAAd7qet2
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 24, 2017