ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos got the good news they had hoped for about compensatory draft picks.
They now have 10 picks in hand this April, four in the prime real estate of the first three rounds and five in the first four rounds.
Because compensatory picks can be traded beginning in 2017 – that has not been allowed by the NFL in the past – the league is awarding the comp picks to teams two weeks earlier than in previous years, when they annually announced the picks at the league meetings in late March. The Broncos found out Friday that they were awarded a third-round pick, a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick.
The Broncos’ compensatory picks are based on the team’s losses in free agency in 2015, as compared to the players they signed in free agency. So when Julius Thomas signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Orlando Franklin signed with the San Diego Chargers, Terrance Knighton signed with the Washington Redskins and safety Rahim Moore signed with the Houston Texans last year, it significantly impacted the quality of picks the Broncos received this time around.
The 10 picks overall give the Broncos plenty of flexibility during the April 28-30 draft weekend.
As it stands now, the Broncos have picks in the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds to go with two picks in the third round and three in the seventh round. Their compensatory picks are 98th, 136th and 219th overall.