Trying to build on their franchise-record 14-2 mark in 2019, the Ravens have officially been awarded third- and fourth-round compensatory picks in next month’s draft.
Despite concerns about C.J. Mosley’s injury-riddled first season with the New York Jets hurting Baltimore’s compensation, general manager Eric DeCosta still received a third-round pick for the free-agent departure of the four-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker. Mosley signed a market-setting five-year, $85 million contract last March, but he appeared in only two games due to a groin injury in 2019.
The Ravens also received a fourth-round compensatory pick for the free-agent departure of wide receiver John Brown to the Buffalo Bills. The free-agent exits of Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs were canceled out by the signings of safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram, who both made the Pro Bowl in their first year with Baltimore.
DeCosta is now scheduled to have a total of nine selections in this year’s draft: a first-round pick, a second-round pick, two third-round choices, three fourth-rounders, one fifth, and a seventh-round pick. The Ravens now have seven selections in the first four rounds and four picks in the top 106 spots of the 2020 draft, good capital to address some needs and continue to build long-term depth.
Baltimore received more than one compensatory pick for the first time since 2016.
Determinations for compensatory picks are based on a formula considering the salary, playing time, and postseason honors earned by unrestricted free agents who left their teams the previous offseason. Since the compensatory pick program started in 1994, the Ravens have led the NFL with 52 compensatory choices as the organization has often resisted signing unrestricted free agents over the years while making difficult decisions not to re-sign their own.
Below is a history of the Ravens’ compensatory picks since 1996 with the round in which the player was selected noted in parentheses:
1997: LB Cornell Brown (sixth), QB Wally Richardson (seventh), S Ralph Staten (seventh), DT Leland Taylor (seventh)
1998: TE Cam Qualey (seventh)
1999: G Edwin Mulitalo (fourth)
2002: WR Javin Hunter (sixth), RB Chester Taylor (sixth), S Chad Williams (sixth)
2003: FB Ovie Mughelli (fourth), OT Tony Pashos (fifth), C Mike Mabry (seventh), S Antwoine Sanders (seventh)
2004: WR Clarence Moore (sixth), WR Derek Abney (seventh), G Brian Rimpf (seventh)
2005: QB Derek Anderson (sixth)
2006: RB P.J. Daniels (fourth), TE Quinn Sypniewski (fifth), P Sam Koch (sixth), CB Derrick Martin (sixth)
2007: LB Antwan Barnes (fourth), FB Le’Ron McClain (fourth), QB Troy Smith (fifth), LB Prescott Burgess (sixth)
2008: OL Oniel Cousins (third), OL David Hale (fourth), S Haruki Nakamura (sixth), RB Allen Patrick (seventh)
2011: CB Chykie Brown (fifth), DE Pernell McPhee (fifth)
2012: S Christian Thompson (fourth), CB Asa Jackson (fifth)
2013: FB Kyle Juszczyk (fourth), OT Rick Wagner (fifth), OL Ryan Jensen (sixth), CB Marc Anthony (seventh)
2014: TE Crockett Gillmore (third), DE Brent Urban (fourth), RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (fourth), G John Urschel (fifth)
2015: CB Tray Walker (fourth), TE Nick Boyle (fifth), G Robert Myers (fifth)
2016: DT Willie Henry (fourth), RB Kenneth Dixon (fourth), CB Maurice Canady (sixth)
2017: Traded third-round compensatory pick and DT Timmy Jernigan for Philadelphia’s third-round pick used to select DE Chris Wormley
2018: OL Bradley Bozeman (sixth)
2019: Traded third-round compensatory pick and two sixth-round picks for Minnesota’s third-round pick used to select WR Miles Boykin