Comp picks look good after deadline

Posted by Darren Urban on May 9, 2017 – 4:23 pm

Tuesday was an important day for the Cardinals. In an offseason when the Cards seemed to play for the comp pick game — losing several key free agents, and signing back newcomers strategically — Tuesday marked the final day where the signing of someone on the open market would count against a team in the formula for compensatory draft picks.

Nick Korte over at has been following the comp pick situation. While the actual formula is a secret, some, including Korte, have seemingly gotten at least a little bit of a handle on it. As of now, the estimation is that for the 2018 draft the Cardinals will get an extra third-round pick (because of losing Calais Campbell), an extra fourth-round pick (for losing Tony Jefferson) and two extra sixth-round picks (for losing Marcus Cooper and D.J. Swearinger.)

The picks can shift based on playing time and other factors. If one of these players flames out and is cut by midseason, that will impact things. But for now, this is what it looks like. The hefty contracts received by Campbell and Jefferson likely lock in those picks — Campbell’s deal, actually, was the richest handed out in free agency. By far.

As a recap, the Cardinals currently have five of their own picks remaining for the 2018 draft: First, second, third, fifth and sixth rounds. They traded away their fourth-rounder in order to trade up for Budda Baker, and dealt the seventh-rounder last year when they acquired Cooper. So that would give them nine picks total if they get all four comp picks (the maximum number of comp picks a team can receive.)

Again, the most important part of the news now is that no more free agents (not players cut, which is why signing Antoine Bethea never counted against the Cardinals’ formula) the Cards sign will count against the equation. So if there are any Steve Keim specials from here on out, no comp pick impact.

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15 Responses to “Comp picks look good after deadline”

  1. By Dana on May 9, 2017 | Reply

    A long way to go before the Cards may be able to “cash” in on the extra picks, so obviously a lot can change. However, if they do, in fact, end up with nine draft picks, I trust that they will trade one or two away as they need to move WAY up in the draft from (hopefully) #32 to the top five to grab that QB of the future.

  2. By CardsNation on May 9, 2017 | Reply

    Now, I think they will sign some new players since it doesn’t count toward the compensatory picks.

  3. By NJAzCardsFan on May 9, 2017 | Reply

    Darren- Kent Somers is reporting the Cards Front Office met with DWash today.
    Any info forthcoming???

  4. By Darren Urban on May 9, 2017 | Reply

    NJAZ —

    RE: DWash

    Don’t know if he said they met today. He said they had met.

    As for info, I have not heard anything imminent. But clearly something will have to be said sooner rather than later, I’d think.

  5. By Patrick on May 9, 2017 | Reply

    Darren, so the hierarchy is mock draft, below that is power rankings, what’s below power rankings?

  6. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Patrick —

    RE: Below rankings

    Good question. Frustration after 24 hours of free agency that the team hasn’t signed anyone?

  7. By Scott H on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    I can’t help holding out hope for Washington, him being a Cardinal this season, and making a significant impact. Because I feel like HE is now the FA signing we needed but never got. I feel like HE – if can resemble the player he was before – can go a long way toward balancing the mass exodus we had on defense this off-season.

  8. By shannon robinson on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    No significant dead money anymore. Extra draft picks for next year. That’s on top of using a 2018 4th draft pick to move up this year and get Dorian Johnson. Oh, and finally $16 million in cap space to get us through this season’s injuries. That’s a home run with the bases loaded Mr. Keim!

  9. By michael on May 10, 2017 | Reply


    Sorry, small usage note: it’s maximum NUMBER of comp picks, not “amount”. Thank you.

  10. By D on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Sign L. Hall or S. Shields at CB
    The Defense has to come together this offseason to make 2017 good.

  11. By D on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Does Keim gamble on this year if he believes Larry and Carson will walk way after the 2017 year, that is the Question for the offseason.

    When “gamble”, I mean look at giving that 4th round pick to the NY Jets for a problem child that can produce -aka; Sheldon Richardson, who has 1 year left on his current deal for $8mil.

    -Richardson tied for the fifth-highest PFF run-defense grade among edge defenders with a grade of 87.9 in 2016.
    – Richardson can destroy the middle of offensive lines in both the run and pass game, and could provide the key to getting the Arizona defensive line to top 5 NFL levels
    -Could make losing C. Campbell more easier to swallow since the Cards are “hoping” Gunter and Nkemdiche can replace Campbell’s production.

    One year remaining on his deal, Richardson would be motivated to play well for a huge deal some where in the NFL in 2018


    He can be a pain in the butt player and could disrupt the locker room and could influence with non positive actions/deeds on younger players in the DLine room, like Gunter and Nkemdiche.

    Would a difference maker with Huge baggage be worth the gamble for 1 year?


  12. By Patrick on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    I thought the bottom rung on the hierarchy would be when fans fixate on a player/ story when there is no news/ insight to give. Examples signing Donovan McNabb and the Daryl Washington situation. Also a little this past offseason, but much more this next season whether Larry or Carson will retire.

    By Darren Urban on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Patrick —

    RE: Below rankings

    Good question. Frustration after 24 hours of free agency that the team hasn’t signed anyone?

  13. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Patrick —

    RE: Hierarchy

    Excellent points.

  14. By Coach K on May 10, 2017 | Reply


    Should we expect a corner to be signed like we did Cooper last year?

    And when do you expect word on DWash?

  15. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2017 | Reply

    Coach K —

    RE: Questions

    I wouldn’t rule out a later CB being acquired. Don’t forget, though, Cooper arrived because of injuries. We’ll see how the guys here perform, I think.

    As far as DWash:

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