According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be one of the teams rewarded with a compensatory pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Kempski has projected compensatory picks with a high degree of accuracy for some time, and seems to have a good grasp on the details that the NFL uses to determine which teams get extra picks.
For this season, the Buccaneers will benefit from the decision to let go of Kevin Ogletree before the midway point of the year, as that meant the Buccaneers lost more high-priced free agents than they added, and are thus awarded an extra pick.
However, that extra pick will be in the seventh round, meaning it will likely be 250 selections deep into the draft. And unlike other picks, this compensatory selection is not tradable.
But before you dismiss this pick, consider some of the players who have been selected with seventh-round compensatory picks in recent years.
- Oakland RB Rashad Jennings, 2009
- Colts DL Ricky Jean-Francois, 2009
- Buccaneers FB Erik Lorig, 2010
- Super Bowl 48 MVP Seattle LB Malcom Smith, 2011
Of course, none of these players are superstars, but they all served key roles for their teams in 2013. If Jason Licht, Eric Stokes and the scouts for the Buccaneers can find a player like that in the final moments of the NFL Draft, they’ll have the departed Mark Dominik to thank, and specifically his decision to release Kevin Ogletree early in the season.