The Ravens were reminded of the silver lining of suffering free-agent losses on Monday with the NFL awarding them four compensatory picks for April’s draft.
After seeing a plethora of players depart last offseason, the Ravens were awarded with a compensatory selection in each of the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds. This brings their total number of draft choices to 12, which already included their seven original picks as well as the sixth-round selection acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in the Anquan Boldin trade last week.
Last year, Baltimore lost Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs, outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney, safety Haruki Nakamura, defensive end Cory Redding, and safety Tom Zbikowski in free agency before signing unrestricted free agents Corey Graham and Sean Considine. This difference meant the league would award the maximum of four to the Ravens.
Compensatory picks may not be traded, but the high overall volume of picks gives the Ravens plenty of flexibility to move up the draft board if they so choose.
Here is the breakdown of the Ravens’ four compensatory picks:
4th (130th overall)
5th (168th overall)
6th (203rd overall)
7th (247th overall)
The Atlanta Falcons were the only other team in the NFL to be awarded four compensatory picks on Monday. Since 1994, the Ravens lead the NFL in compensatory selections received with 37.