The New York Giants were awarded a compensatory draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft Friday.
Compensatory draft picks are awarded to team based on the league’s formula of free agents signed versus free agents lost for the previous season.
Per the NFL:
Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time, and postseason honors. This formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a team is covered by this formula. No club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year. If a club qualifies for more than four compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.
The free agents lost last season that are covered under the formula are: cornerback Ross Cockrell, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, linebacker Devon Kennard, guard Justin Pugh, center Weston Richburg, and quarterback Geno Smith.
The Giants were awarded a fifth-round pick (No. 171 overall) in April’s NFL Draft. This compensatory pick raises the number of Giants draft picks to 10: one in Rounds 1, 2, and 6, two in Round 4, three in Round 5, and two in Round 7.
The Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, and Washington Redskins were the biggest winners in the compensatory draft pick sweepstakes. Each team received four picks. The Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, and Minnesota Vikings each received three compensatory draft picks while the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles were awarded two.
The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Apr. 25-27 in Nashville.