The Baltimore Ravens traded their original 2014 fourth- and fifth-round picks to Jacksonville for OT Eugene Monroe back in October. They upgraded on those lost draft choices Monday when the NFL announced its compensatory picks for this year.
The Ravens received four extra selections: a third-rounder, two fourth-rounders and a fifth-rounder. The quartet of picks added is the most allowed under league rules, and it was a number matched this year only by the Jets, who landed a fourth- and three sixth-rounders.
No team has matched the Ravens' haul in compensatory picks since that system was put into place back in 1994. Baltimore is now up to 41 selections added in that timeframe, eight more than the next closest competitors (Dallas and Green Bay). The ability to navigate the process has been one of the ways that GM Ozzie Newsome has managed to keep his team consistently competitive in the salary-cap era, and those picks should go to good use in a draft that looks as deep as ever.
Essentially, the compensatory-pick process pays back teams that took heavy losses in free agency the previous year. Last offseason, the Ravens lost Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Ed Reed and Cary Williams off their Super Bowl champion team from 2012 and did not sign anyone of note. Meanwhile, the Jets signed Antwan Barnes and Mike Goodson but lost Yeremiah Bell, Mike DeVito, Shonn Greene, Dustin Keller, LaRon Landry and Matt Slauson.
The full list of 2014 compensatory draft picks is as follows:
Round 3 (starting with pick No. 97 overall, in order): Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Baltimore, San Francisco
Round 4 (starting with pick No. 133 overall, in order): Detroit, Baltimore, Houston, Detroit, NY Jets, Baltimore, Atlanta, New England
Round 5 (starting with pick No. 173 overall, in order): Pittsburgh, NY Giants, Baltimore, Green Bay
Round 6 (starting with pick No. 209 overall, in order): NY Jets, NY Jets, Houston, Cincinnati, NY Jets, St. Louis, Pittsburgh
Round 7 (starting with pick No. 248, in order): Dallas, St. Louis, St. Louis, Dallas, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston
By rule, compensatory picks cannot be traded. The Texans currently are slated to both open and close the 2014 draft -- Mr. Irrelevant will be a Texans selection.