The NFL is expected to hand out 32 compensatory picks at the owners meetings Monday evening, and the Baltimore Ravens will learn if they're going to get an additional three or four picks for the 2015 draft.
It's been long projected that the Ravens will receive at least three compensatory picks for losing defensive lineman Arthur Jones (Indianapolis), offensive tackle Michael Oher (Tennessee) and cornerback Corey Graham (Buffalo) in free agency last offseason. The Ravens will likely get a fourth-round pick for Jones, a fifth-rounder for Oher and a sixth-rounder for Graham, according to overthecap.com.
Whether the Ravens are awarded a maximum fourth compensatory pick for the third straight year depends on tight end Ed Dickson qualifying as one. Compensatory picks are weighted based on salary and playing time. Dickson signed a one-year veteran minimum contract ($795,000) with Carolina Panthers in 2014 and played 47.3 percent of the snaps. As I wrote earlier this month, Dickson is considered to be "on the bubble" and could give the Ravens one of the last seventh-round picks in the draft.
The number of compensatory picks comes from the Ravens' net loss in free agency last offseason. The Ravens lost five significant unrestricted free agents -- Jones, Oher, Graham, safety James Ihedigbo (Detroit) and Dickson -- and they signed only one in safety Darian Stewart from St. Louis. It just depends on whether all of those free agents qualify in the compensatory-pick formula.
Last year, the Ravens used compensatory picks to draft tight end Crockett Gillmore (third round), defensive end Brent Urban (fourth round), running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (fourth round) and guard John Urschel (fifth round). Gilmore, Taliaferro and Urschel all made an impact for the Ravens in 2014, and Urban is expected to compete for a starting job this season.
Compiling compensatory picks has been a strength of the Ravens over the years. They have received 41 compensatory picks since they were first awarded in 1994. That is eight more than any other team in the NFL, and the Ravens didn't exist until 1996.
Here is the complete list of the Ravens' 41 compensatory picks:
1997: LB Cornell Brown (sixth round), QB Wally Richardson (seventh), S Ralph Staten (seventh) and DT Leland Taylor (seventh)
1998: TE Cam Quayle (seventh)
1999: G Edwin Mulitalo (fourth)
2002: WR Javin Hunter (sixth), RB Chester Taylor (sixth) and S Chad Williams (sixth)
2003: FB Ovie Mughelli (fourth), OT Tony Pashos (fifth), C Mike Mabry (seventh) and S Antwoine Sanders (seventh)
2004: WR Clarence Moore (sixth), WR Derek Abney (seventh) and G Brian Rimpf (seventh)
2005: QB Derek Anderson (sixth)
2006: RB P.J. Daniels (fourth), TE Quinn Sypniewski (fifth), P Sam Koch (sixth) and DB Derrick Martin (sixth)
2007: LB Antwan Barnes (fourth), FB Le'Ron McClain (fourth), QB Troy Smith (fifth) and LB Prescott Burgess (sixth)
2012: S Christian Thompson (fourth) and CB Asa Jackson (fifth)
2014: TE Crockett Gillmore (third), DE Brent Urban (fourth) RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (fourth) and G John Urschel (fifth)