This next week is going to be chock full o'shitty COVID-related anniversaries. Yesterday was the anniversary of Rudy Gobert touching every single microphone at his press conference before becoming the first COVID-19 positive athlete. The 13th is the anniversary of COVID being declared a National Emergency, and the 17th is the one-year mark of Tom Brady announcing he is leaving the New England Patriots.
Since the Patriots lost Tom Brady (along with Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and others) in free agency, they were eligible for compensatory picks. If you're unfamiliar with how those are determined, I've got you!
Every year, the NFL awards compensatory picks ahead of the draft. Compensatory picks, given between rounds three and seven, are based upon an NFL formula that takes into account players who left the team in free agency the previous spring. The player's salary, snap count and postseason awards are among the criteria taken into account when divvying out the compensatory picks. In order to be eligible to receive a compensatory pick, a team must have ended up with more qualifying free agents lost than gained during the previous offseason.
The number of compensatory picks is limited to 32, the number of teams in the NFL. No team can receive more than four compensatory picks in a given draft. In order for a player to eventually qualify as a compensatory pick, they must be signed by a new team by April 27. The player must also rank highly enough among their peers to be qualified.
Everybody in the NFL media landscape kept saying the Patriots weren't replacing key pieces lost last season via free agency so they'd get more compensatory picks. Still, surprisingly they only received two despite losing the greatest QB of all-time and two solid LBs. I know we aren't living in the days of Joe Kapp anymore, but I thought they'd get at least three picks.
Tom Brady and Gronk are down in COVIDville, USA waiting for their next Super Bowl ring but at least the Patriots have the highest possible compensatory draft pick!!!
In all seriousness, I'm very excited to see what the Patriots do with these extra picks and the 3rd most cap space in the NFL. Trent Brown is already coming back once the new league year officially begins, we just need a QB, two WRs, a real TE, some help on the D-line and the Pats are BACK!
Louder for the people in the back!