One of the most unknown aspects of the offseason for most football fans is how more than 32 picks end up being selected in certain rounds of the NFL Draft. Beyond the normal 32 from each team, the extra picks at the end of some of the later rounds are called “compensatory picks,” and for the first time in seven years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were awarded one of those compensatory picks by the NFL and will have an extra pick in the seventh round, pick No. 254 How the league awards compensatory picks has some subjectiveness to it, as it is not as definitive as a number system. But, the gist of it is: if a team loses more free agents than they sign in a certain offseason, they have a chance to be awarded extra draft picks, depending on how valuable said losses were individually, to cover their losses and maintain league-wide competitiveness.
Tampa Bay Awarded Compensatory Pick For 2018 NFL Draft
Pewter Report | Feb 25