The Seahawks will not receive any compensatory draft picks in the 2014 draft, but don’t be misled. These are based on the 2013 free agents, not 2014.
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 224 choices in the seven draft rounds this May.
Next year will be much different for Seahawks, based on the players they lost over the last month of free agency versus what they gained.
For example, the Baltimore Ravens received four compensatory picks this year based on what they lost after winning the 2013 Super Bowl. The Ravens and the New York Jets are the only teams to receive four compensatory picks in this year’s draft.
The Seahawks have lost seven free agents this month -- wide receiver Golden Tate, offensive linemen Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan, cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, safety Chris Maragos and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.