By Steve Corkran
Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 11:58 am in Oakland Raiders.
The NFL is expected to announce the compensatory picks today during the first day of the winter meetings. That means, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is about to find out just how many selections he has to work with for the upcoming NFL draft.
As of now, the Raiders have fifth- and sixth-round selections for this draft. Compensatory selections are awarded to teams based on a net-loss of free agents lost and signed the previous offseason.
Given the Raiders lost cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, guard Robert Gallery, linebacker Thomas Howard and tight end Zach Miller, that should be enough to offset the signings of tight end Kevin Boss and a few other free agents.
The highest selection awarded is at the end of the third round. It’s conceivable that the Raiders will get one of those third-rounders, which won’t be any higher than 95 — this jumps from 97 because the New Orleans Saints forfeited their second-round pick and the Raiders used a third-rounder on quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft.
The Raiders are in line to receive two or three picks, with one of those likely to be at the tail end of the seventh round.
McKenzie has said that he loves draft picks. He should have at least double the amount he had when he joined the Raiders by day’s end.
The only catch with compensatory picks is that they can’t be traded. So, McKenzie still won’t have much ammo to use in terms of trading up in this year’s draft unless he wants to use picks from future years and/or players on his roster.