Denver Broncos get four compensatory selections in 2017 Draft
The Denver Broncos were awarded four compensatory selections in the 2017 NFL Draft, but they may not be happy about how it played out…
The NFL has once again proven that its policies, procedures, and perfect formulas are flawed, indeed. The Denver Broncos, who were among last year’s biggest ‘losers’ in free agency in terms of actual players lost, were also one of the biggest losers when it came to 2017 compensatory draft picks.
The Broncos were ‘awarded’ picks in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th (two selections) rounds, tying for the league lead with four overall compensatory selections. However, according to this post on Over The Cap, the scenario the Broncos ended up with was just short of the worst they could have anticipated.
The Broncos’ 2017 Draft order, which will likely change due to trades, currently looks as follows:
1st Round: 20th overall
2nd round: 50th overall
3rd round: 83rd overall
3rd round: 101st overall
4th round: 127th overall
5th round: 177th overall
6th round: 204th overall
7th round: 238th overall
7th round: 252nd overall
7th round: 253rd overall
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The Broncos once again control the ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ pick, which is always at least a little fun. However, the magnitude of this mistake by the NFL can’t go unnoticed. The Denver Broncos lost significant players on the free agent market last season, and because of the NFL’s formula for compensatory selections, the Broncos were not properly compensated.
Losing both Brock Osweiler and Malik Jackson should have resulted in the Broncos getting at least two third round compensatory selections. There were a whopping 11 third round compensatory selections given out, and the Broncos were given the 101st overall pick, which is usually the second overall pick in the fourth round.
Going into the draft season, we’ve been anticipating the Broncos would have a minimum of five selections in the top 100, but that is no longer the case. They will have four in the top 101, and it’s a complete joke that the NFL needs to fix.
Why did the Broncos get so royally screwed this year?
Because when they signed Russell Okung to what would amount to be a one-year deal, the NFL likely viewed the contract in its fullness. Okung’s deal could have been worth $53 million over five years, but the Broncos declined a four-year, $48 million team option, and Okung earned his $5 million base salary plus around $3 million in incentives this past year.
The losses of Jackson, Osweiler, Danny Trevathan, Evan Mathis, Vernon Davis, Ryan Harris, David Bruton, and others added up to four picks for the Broncos, but two of those picks are the last two in the entire draft.
That’s not exactly ‘compensation’ for losing some of the league’s best free agents.
But, such is life, and the Broncos will move forward. Perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise, as many of John Elway’s third round picks have been pretty bad through the years.
This year is the first year compensatory picks are also able to be used in trades, so the Broncos could use that to their advantage now with 10 selections.