General manager John Idzik and the Jets' draft staff will get their first chance to spend compensatory draft picks this year, since the NFL early this evening awarded us four compensatories for the 2014 draft.
We have received a pick at the end of the fourth round (137th overall) and three sixth-rounders (Nos. 209, 210 and 213). That gives us at the moment six picks in the first four rounds (No. 18 overall, a two, a three, three fours) and 12 picks in all. Keep in mind that compensatory picks cannot be traded.
The Jets and Ravens were the only teams today to receive four compensatory selections out of the 32 that the league awarded to 13 teams. We got four extra picks in part because of the imbalance of unrestricted free agents signed and lost last year. We gained only LB Antwan Barnes and RB Mike Goodson while losing six UFAs — safeties Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry, DT Mike DeVito, RB Shonn Greene, TE Dustin Keller and G Matt Slauson.
Idzik and the I-team got no comps last year in their first year at the Green & White helm, but this will be the fourth year since 2004 that we have received compensatories and the third time we will receive four of them in one year.
In 2004 we received four compensatories. All four played in the NFL and three played multiple seasons for the Jets, topped by fourth-round T Adrian Jones (four Jets seasons, 16-game starter in 2005) and seventh-round S/ST Rashad Washington (four Jets seasons). RB Derrick Ward was also taken in Round 7 and played eight NFL seasons but none in green and white.
Our most accomplished comp pick was S Eric Smith out of Michigan State, who was our highest compensatory selection ever, 97th overall at the end of the third round of the 2006 draft. Smith was a 36-game starter at safety and a top special-teams contributor from 2006-12 and has returned to the team this year as a coaching intern with the special teams.
Then in 2012 we received four picks again. In back-to-back sixth-round selections we tabbed a pair of Baylor Bears, RB Terrance Ganaway and G Robert T. Griffin. Then within a three-pick span in Round 7 we took S Antonio Allen, who remains a key factor in the deep middle and on Jets special teams, and WR Jordan White.
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the seven rounds of choices in the 2014 NFL Draft, which this year will be held from Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10.
Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
Here are the full list of our previous compensatory picks, with number of Jets seasons and NFL seasons played in the columns on the right: