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Friday, March 13, 2009
Code-breaker projects compensatory picks


Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Some readers have already hit my mailbox to ask about compensatory draft picks.

The complex formula that determines who gets what is a bit of a mystery. But not so much to AdamJT13.

He's had success in the past predicting picks the NFL will award to help offset free-agent losses from a year ago. In this blog entry he predicts:

Compensatory selections are untradeable, but make it a lot easier for teams to trade other picks.

Our code-breaker doesn't forecast any compensatory picks for Jacksonville or Houston, though he does have the Jaguars on a list of teams that could get one if things break a bit differently than he projects.

If these predictions come true, they would give the Titans a grand total of 10 picks and the Colts a grand total of eight picks.

A review of what the two teams have before compensatory picks are awarded.

Tennessee -- six picks

First round: 30th overall
Second round: 62nd
Third round: 94th

Also: 30th in the fourth round, 30th in the sixth round, 30th in the seventh round. Their fifth-round pick was traded to Dallas.

Indianapolis -- seven picks

First round: 27th overall
Second round: 61st
Third round: 92nd
Also: 27th in the fourth round, 29th in the fifth round, 28th in the sixth round, 27th in the seventh round.

For a bit more about AdamJT13's track record, see this entry from Mike Sando over in the NFC West headquarters.