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Raiders not being awarded comp picks actually a good thing

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- For the fourth consecutive year, the Oakland Raiders were not awarded a compensatory pick for the NFL draft. As such, the Raiders will, barring trades, have eight total selections in the draft, which will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

The last time the Raiders had a comp pick, in 2013, they used the sixth-rounder (No. 205 overall) on Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee.

In 2012, general manager Reggie McKenzie’s first draft with Oakland, his initial pick did not come until the end of the third round, a compensatory selection that landed Tony Bergstrom at No. 95 overall. The Raiders had given up their first- and second-round picks in trades for Carson Palmer and the pick that turned into offensive lineman Joe Barksdale, respectively, and used their third-rounder the previous summer in the supplemental draft on Terrelle Pryor.

The Raiders not being awarded comp picks of late, though, is a sign they are bringing in higher-quality free agents than they are losing, per the formula used to award compensatory picks.

For example, they have added the likes of Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith, Rodney Hudson, Michael Crabtree, Kelechi Osemele, Sean Smith, Reggie Nelson and Donald Penn since 2014 while losing Darren McFadden, Stefen Wisniewski, Lamarr Houston, Jared Veldheer, Benson Mayowa and Lorenzo Alexander, among others, in that same time frame.

The Raiders' draft picks this spring, per ESPN Stats & Information, come in the first round (No. 24 overall), second round (No. 56 overall), third round (No. 88 overall), fourth round (No. 130 overall), fifth round (No. 168 overall), sixth round (No. 208 overall), and two in the seventh round (Nos. 242 and 244, the second from the Seattle Seahawks as the result of the Dewey McDonald trade in September).