This week, the NFL gave out 32 compensatory draft picks to 19 teams. The Baltimore Ravens received none.
According to the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, “a team is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks if it is determined that they lost more or better players than they were able to acquire during the previous year’s free agency period…”
Last offseason, the Ravens lost LB Bart Scott, C Jason Brown, QB Kyle Boller, and SS Jim Leonhard. It seems the NFL thought the addition of C Matt Birk, CB Domonique Foxworth, CB Chris Carr, and TE L.J. Smith was enough to balance out the Ravens’ losses. I don’t know if I can totally agree with the NFL here. With the exception of Kyle Boller, I think the Ravens took a huge hit in free agency last year.
With no compensatory picks received, the Ravens only have 5 total draft picks. They are to choose 25th, 57th, 156th, 157th, and 194th in the draft.
Considering that the Ravens were somewhat successful in last year’s draft with only 6 picks, one less pick shouldn’t be so terrible. Still, having only 5 picks for the draft is an all-time low for the Ravens. In the history of their franchise, the Ravens have made a reputation of being successful in the draft. Trading for a couple picks may be something to look out for, but I’m sure Ozzie Newsome has something planned.