NFL Draft 2014 Compensatory Picks: Team-by-Team Breakdown

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMarch 24, 2014

USA Today

More picks in the NFL draft is never a bad thing. 

In a league with frequent injuries and rosters that exceed 50 active players throughout the season, depth is critical in the NFL. As we constantly witness, a good way to build that depth is through the later rounds of the draft—the current Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks are a testament to that.     

As such, it would be wise not to overlook compensatory picks, which are awarded to teams as compensation for losing free agents the season before. 

The NFL announced the 2014 compensatory picks on Monday, handing out 32 selections to 13 teams. Let's take a look:

2014 NFL Draft: Compensatory Picks
TeamTotal Compensatory PicksPick No. 1 (Round/Overall)Pick No. 2Pick No. 3Pick No. 4
Baltimore Ravens43/994/1344/1385/175
New York Jets44/1376/2096/2106/213
Atlanta Falcons34/1397/2537/255
Dallas Cowboys37/2487/2517/254
Houston Texans34/1356/2117/256
Pittsburgh Steelers33/975/1736/215
St. Louis Rams36/2147/2497/250
Cincinnati Bengals26/2127/252
Detroit Lions24/1334/136
Green Bay Packers23/985/176
New England Patriots14/140
New York Giants15/174
San Francisco 49ers13/100

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers come away with third-round picks, while Baltimore and the New York Jets receive the most overall extra picks (four).

Of course, as Rotoworld's Evan Silva and CBS Sports' Will Brinson noted, that's nothing new for Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome:

Baltimore will receive a third-round pick, two fourth-rounders and a fifth-round selection for losing linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger, safety Ed Reed and cornerback Cary Williams last year. 

Moreover, as Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke pointed out, the Ravens are coming out ahead in one particular regard. Last year, they traded a couple of picks to Jacksonville to "rent" Eugene Monroe, whom they have now signed long term:

For their losses of safety Yeremiah Bell, defensive end Mike DeVito, running back Shonn Greene, tight end Dustin Keller, safety LaRon Landry and guard Matt Slauson (along with the additions of compensatory free agent linebacker Antwan Barnes and running back Mike Goodson), the Jets will also receive four picks, three of which will come in the sixth round. 

Not only can these picks help teams build depth, but they also give franchises more assets for future trades. Compensatory picks themselves can't be dealt, but they may help teams feel more comfortable about making other moves.

No matter how teams elect to use their compensatory choices, it's clear that these extra draft picks serve as important building blocks for the future. 

The 2014 NFL draft is scheduled for May 8 to May 10. With plenty of talent to be had and depth at popular positions such as wide receiver, the teams awarded with additional selections have to be excited about the extra ammunition.