Breaking news: The Baltimore Ravens will only receive one compensatory pick and it will be a sixth round selection:
The Baltimore Ravens had hoped for a better compensatory pick. A third round compensatory pick would be a big deal. That would be a chance for the Ravens to grab another starter. An extra sixth round pick doesn’t hurt, but it’s not like the Ravens are going to be really excited about it.
The Ravens lost Rick Wagner, Kyle Juszczyk and Lawrence Guy this past offseason. However the Ravens also brought in Danny Woodhead, Brandon Carr and Tony Jefferson. Losing Juszczyk and Guy was small potatoes. Wagner got paid by the Lions and the Ravens free agent departure did not net them the kind of compensatory pick they were hoping for.
This leaves the Ravens with just eight draft picks. They have one for each round, with an extra pick in the sixth round. The offseason is just getting started but it isn’t off to the start Baltimore had been hoping for. The Ravens wanted Jarvis Landry or Allen Robinson. Both of those free agents are off the market due to the franchise tag. The Ravens wanted a third round compensatory pick, so what they got was incredibly underwhelming.
So why did the Ravens not get the compensatory picks of their dreams? Nick Korte of overthecap.com tweeted out this chart. It shows that the Ravens free agency acquisitions canceled out the free agency losses.
The Ravens secondary was their biggest focus this offseason other than adding to the pass rush. It looks like the Ravens commitment to the secondary is what cost them the compensatory pick for losing Wagner and Juszczyk. When you stop and think about it, that makes the season ending 4th & 12 even more depressing.
The NFL Draft is coming up quickly. Before you know it, April will be here and Roger Goodell will step to the podium to start the Draft. We’ll keep you ready for the draft with all your Ravens coverage.