Steelers Likely To Be Issued Seventh Round Compensatory 2013 Draft Pick As Early As Today

We could find out as early today if indeed the Pittsburgh Steelers will receive the projected seventh-round compensatory draft pick in the upcoming 2013 draft, as they are normally announced on Monday at the annual NFL owners\’ meetings.

The Steelers only lost one unrestricted free agent last off-season in cornerback William Gay, who signed on with the Arizona Cardinals. While the Steelers did sign unrestricted tight end Leonard Pope away from the Kansas City Chiefs last off-season, he is not expected to factor into the formula because of the one-year qualifying contract that he signed. In addition to that, Pope played less than 100 snaps on offense.

Gay, on the other hand, signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract with the Cardinals and logged over 1,000 snaps on defense. The fact that he was released this off-season by the Cardinals and subsequently landed back with the Steelers doesn\’t factor into the compensatory draft pick formula one bit.

Last year at this time the Steelers were issued three compensatory draft picks for the 2012 draft as compensation for their 2011 losses during the free agency signing period. Those picks were used to select tight end David Paulson, cornerback Terrence Frederick and offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum. Both Paulson and Beachum made the Steelers 53 man roster as rookies and both saw extensive playing time in 2012 in addition.

  • steeltown

    ..I’ll take what we can get

    Atleast next offseason, when we have quite a few UFA’s (Keisel, Clark, Hood, Worilds, McLendon, Dwyer, Redman etc.) we’ll have some extra draft picks from losing Wallace, Lewis and quite possibly Mendenhall and Mundy as well (pending their overall snaps) we very well could put these extra comp picks to good use

  • Nolrog

    With the losses of Lewis and Wallace, what would the compensation picks likely be next year (assuming they produce up to expectations)?

  • steeltown

    We could (and should) very well get a 3rd Rd pick for Wallace.. and quite possibly Lewis as well

    Mendy is alittle harder to guage, pending his contract and playing time this season we should get something (maybe) and same goes for Mundy, if Mundy ultimately starts and plays all season accumulating 1,000 defensive snaps or so, we could get 6th or 7th Rd pick for him, most likely 7th, but thats up in the air pending playing time, overall salary and production

  • Nolrog

    Thanks. That would soften the losses a bit. Three 3rd round picks next year would certainly be attractive.