The Tennessee Titans could be rewarded handsomely with some compensatory picks in the 2013 NFL draft if Blogging the bEast’s calculations are correct.
According to their chart, the Titans should be awarded a 3rd, 5th, and 7th round compensatory pick thanks to the loss of CB Cortland Finnegan, DL Jason Jones, and DE William Hayes.
At first I didn’t agree, thinking back to the Titans signing DE Kamerion Wimbley and OL Steve Hutchinson, but they were both cut by their teams, which makes their signings not count against the compensatory picks formula, which BTB was also kind enough to simplify:
1. Players that are cut or not tendered as RFAs and ERFAs are not counted.
2. Players earning low minimum salaries do not count.
3. Each player signed cancels out one player lost.
4. The round of the pick awarded is primarily determined by the annual value of the contract signed. Signed players cancel out lost players with equal contracts, then lower contracts, before canceling out higher contracts.
They were also kind enough to sum up the Titans losses:
The Titans only have 6 picks without any compensatory picks, thanks to trading back into the draft to get DE Scott Solomon in 2012. Getting a 3rd and 5th degree would be awesome. The 7th round pick is whatever in my opinion, but the other two are solid picks to have, considering the Titans have drafted the likes of Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug with a 3rd and 5th round pick.
This is one of the few bonuses of losing Cortland Finnegan, if there is any real bonus that comes from that.
Hopefully the titans will be able to use those picks to help fill up the holes this team showed during their 2012 campaign.
What do you think? Will the Titans put these picks to good use? Who would you have them draft with those picks?
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