Steelers Awarded Three Compensatory Picks For The 2014 NFL Draft

The 2014 compensatory draft picks have been announced and the Pittsburgh Steelers have been awarded picks in 3rd round (97th overall), 5th round (173rd) and 6th round (215th) for 2014 NFL Draft.

The third round pick comes courtesy of the loss of wide receiver Mike Wallace last offseason while the fifth-round pick is likely for the loss of cornerback Keenan Lewis.

The sixth-round pick that was awarded is quite a surprise and it probably encompasses the Steelers loss of running back Rashard Mendenhall and safety Ryan Mundy.

The Steelers also lost safety Will Allen last offseason, but he was released by the Dallas Cowboys just a few weeks into the 2013 season.

As far as free agents added last year, the Steelers signed quarterback Bruce Gradkowski and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling. Gradkowski never played a down in 2013, however, while Stephens-Howling was lost for the year in the season opener.

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  • Brian Tollini

    Was hoping for a 3rd, 4th, and 7th, but 3rd 5th and 6th will work too.

  • SFIC

    I’m fine with that

  • T R

    I guess this is better then expected since most thought we only get 2 compens… so when will you find out how we got the picks.. I assume 3rd round was for Wallace and 5 for Lewis? who was the 6th round one for?

  • ApexSteel

    In total

  • Brian Tollini

    Mundy I believe

  • SFIC

    It will be fun watching all the Mock Drafts shuffled up now that they need to allow for the Comp picks.

  • Superdriller316

    Wow. We thought only 2. Very pleased with 3. You must be a Common Core professor to understand this system.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Thought keenan lewis was worthy of a 4th rounder. But I don’t even know how the fomula starts to award these picks in the first place

  • SFIC

    If my math is correct, it looks like the 3rd comp pick is the first of the comp picks in that round too…..and, as Bill Murray would say “….so we have THAT going for us, which is nice!”

  • Brandan Gartner

    Heh thats cool we got a 3rd round pick back after giving one up for Sharmarko Thomas Also we will be getting a 5th and 6th round pick as a bonus. I hope the Steelers can use them wisely. GO STEELERS!!!!!!

  • pittsburghjoe

    The Rats got a 3rd, (2) Fourths and a 5th. WHAT A FIRETRUCKIN RIPOFF. They lost 4 guys – Reed, Ellerbe, Kruger and Williams. I could freaking scream right now. They cant give us the fourth round pick, could they???? They freakin Ravens signed a couple of pretty good guys too.

  • T R

    Cant believe they only gave us a 5th round for Keenan but give Baltimore a 5th for old run down Ed Reed that got cut from Houston later on..

  • pat

    Yea I totally agree my guess is it was going to be a 4th but do to the Tomlin incident and them not taking away a pick they decided to take the 4th rd comp pick and make it a 5th rd

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    You’re right. That’s a frickin joke.

  • T R

    good point i belive that xcatly what they did…

  • SFIC

    I would guess that the formula is similar to the Draft Value Chart.
    The NFL will value each player lost and gained and give each player a certain amount of points. They would subtract the accumulated points of the gains from the losses resulting in one total amount of points. Each comp pick will have point value that the NFL will use to “spend” the points. Example: Let’s say that the Steelers ended up 600 points and lets say the NFL valued the 3rd rd comp pick at 400 points, a 4th at 250 points, 5th at 150, 6th at 50 and the 7th at 25. The Steelers would get a 3rd (400 points) plus a 5th (150) and a 6th (50) totaling 600 points. Obviously, I’m not sure that this is how they do it, but wouldn’t be surprised if it’s similar.

  • SFIC

    But, what players did they pick up in FA last year? That’s just as important. Maybe they didn’t have many major gains…???

  • Superdriller316

    Mendy’s contract is the only one with that much money. He was also credited for 15 starts.

  • SFIC

    Remember people, they look at all the losses AND the gains…I don’t think they do it based on each player individually. See my post lower down.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Spears, Canty, Dumervil and Huff…. Those are good signings!!!

  • Jason

    Chris Canty and Elvis Dumervil come to mind. There were others.

  • SFIC

    True…now I’m pissed too

  • pittsburghjoe

    I cant believe this either…..what a farce!!

  • Superdriller316

    Dumervil was cut. Doesn’t apply. Not sure about Canty.

  • Shawn Winbush

    No they didn’t..and the pick Balt received was not just for Ed Reed. you compare their adds and gains as compared to ours. I hate to say it,but the got what was deserved as did we.We were not penalized for the Tomlin incident.

  • Brian Tollini

    Hate the Ratbirds but I think that is about the right compensation for what they lost.

  • Superdriller316

    Somewhere I read if a player goes past half a year it counts. Will Allen was cut early in the season so he shouldn’t count. If that makes any sence. Also sence comp picks have been given out, the Dirty Birds have gotten the most, 41.

  • Superdriller316

    Players that are CUT do NOT count towards team losses.

  • SFIC

    If memory serves me correct, players who have played in the league a long time do not qualify for comp picks. Didn’t we get virtually squat when we lost Faneca???? If this is true, then Reed wouldn’t qualify as a loss. Somebody can check this out??

  • SteelersDepot

    Hate to bust your theory, but Reed qualified per NFL release.

  • Callentown

    Gosh I wish I understood this.

    Why do we get a 5th for Keenan when he was our best CB the year he left and was the Saints best CB this year? It doesn’t seem to work out when you compare players and teams.

  • Impact3697

    So if Reed got the ravens a 5th, then that likely means Kruger= 3rd, Ellerbe = 4th, and Cary Williams = 4th. I agree with Kruger and Ellerbe, but if Keenan Lewis got us a 5th why the hell does Williams get them a 4th?

    Plus the ravens signed a ton of guys last year. I know Dumervil and Smith were released so they don’t count. What about Huff, Canty, Spears?..

  • Jason

    That’s right I forgot Dumervil’s agent faxed paperwork late which allowed him to be released rather than restructured.

  • Impact3697

    Wow, i guess all those guys the ravens signed didn’t count as gains. They must’ve all been released.. What a lucky offseason for the ravens.. Maybe this formula needs to be improved.

    Dumervil was being chased by a bunch a teams and landed a big contract, and Canty received something around 3 yr for 8.5 mil. Both played big roles for the ravens. Maybe these should count as gains in the future.

  • Jeff

    This works out fairly well for us…. especially if you look at who will be available in these spots and our needs. I project the following

    1st: Darqueze Denard CB
    2nd: Stephon Tuitt DE
    3rd Comp: Lache Seastrunk RB
    4th: Brandon Linder OG
    5th: Ryan Carrethers NT
    5th Comp: Devin Street WR
    6th: Aaron Colvin CB
    6th Comp: Shaquill Barret OLB
    7th: Colt Lyerla TE

  • Paul Hoover

    6th round is for Mundy and Mendenhall !!

  • Paul Hoover

    Yeah but I bet the rat birds are mad cuz we didn’t lose a draft pic for Tomlin stepping in on the field on the jacolby jones run back !!! Ha ha ha ha lmao !!!

  • T R

    That’s your view I think we were. Keenan got a 4th rd contract from saints

  • James Kling

    Money.

  • falconsaftey43

    Dumervil, Canty, Spears were all cut. I don’t get why that makes a difference, but it’s how it works apparenly

  • John A Stewart

    Now we have to hope and pray our coaches and scouts know how to use their noodles and draft guys to keep and play.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    No offense, but I don’t take any mock seriously that waits to address WR until late in the 5th round.

  • mlc43

    lol…why even bother prefacing that with no offense. You may as well have just called him an idiot. I mean, no offense :)

  • Jeff

    I thought about one earlier, but with the signing of Lance Moore and having drafted Wheaton in the 3rd last year, its just not as big a need as DL or CB early on. Other than maybe Brandon Coleman (if he’s still available with the 3rd round comp) I don’t think there isn’t anybody of equal value to the players I listed.

  • Jeff

    They just signed Moats today and I’m assuming they re-sign James Harrison after the draft. Shaquill Barret is a kid Joey Porter coached last year and likes as a good fit for our defense from what I heard.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    In a deep draft, a 3rd, 5th, and 6th should prove to be quite valuable. Hopefully the people leaving comments will keep in mind that these extra picks cannot be traded.

    Our comp in the 5th seems like a great spot to grab a RB who has fallen farther than projected.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I dont either…thats stupid.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Jeff, not bad…. I like Colvin in the sixth. Im not sure about the NT given the new guy – Thomas, and Fanguopo.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Moats is a position-flexible backup. And he signed a one-year qualifying deal. That’s a bandage, not a solution. There’s no guarantee he makes the final 53. And Harrison? C’mon. We want to improve our pass rush, not plateau. He’s a depth player IF they bring him back.

  • Douglas Andrews

    That would be a pretty nice draft if it works out that way. I would take out the O Lineman in the 4th and add another LB there other than that looks like some quality picks.

  • Jeff

    Purely a depth and upside selection… and after hearing Colbert talk about how Cam Thomas is too tall to play NT in our defense, a 6’1 337 lb bull rushing NT sounds right up our alley.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Moore replaces Cotch who would (ideally) end up as the eventual fourth receiver behind Brown, Wheaton, and a draft pick. Moore is an experienced vet, but he is not the future of this receiving corps. WR still remains a very important need. Street is a body like Moye and Justin Brown are bodies. The Steelers need a player, and they will draft someone in the first three rounds.

  • mlc43

    Depending on who we pick up in FA at RB, I agree, I think 5th would be the perfect time for a RB.

  • Jeff

    I agree completely, but you’ve got your 2 starters (assuming they are going to sign worilds long term) for the next 5 years, so you’re looking for a player you can draft and build as a backup for the next several years, not a guy who will really contribute much. Harrison and Moats are the band-aid for this season, and they draft a project guy that they think they can mold into a solid backup for next year and potential starter down the line

  • steeltown

    3 picks, better than 2

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I’m not saying OLB needs to be taken in the 2nd, but the 6th seems way late. Jones is still learning the ropes, and it’s unclear where he’ll eventually settle in. Carter can’t be counted on. Harrison is in his Hines Ward final years mode, and Moats is an unknown. At least get a guy of some pedigree who can cut his teeth on special teams while he learns the system.

  • mlc43

    Not if you are Matt Schaub.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    If the Steelers target the right player, they can make the offense better THIS season. Not the case with the defense and a guy like Nix. That’s my point: Put weapons around Ben. Defense is rebuilding? Then take this offense to the next level. They’ve already got Ben, Brown, and Bell (a law firm, perhaps? :) So go bigger.

    Say Evans is gone. Ebron and Benjamin (for example) could each make an immediate impact in scoring points. How about giving this team an offense that other teams worry about? A big, physical mismatch to go with two speedy receivers, a dual-threat RB, and a franchise QB would worry me. A NT in development? Doesn’t worry me a bit.

  • Jeff

    Again, I don’t really disagree with your idea, but both Ebron and Benjamin will both most likely be gone by the time we draft in the 2nd round. If we trade down Nix will start at NT if drafted, and McClendon will kick out to DE or we leave McClendon at NT and draft Hageman to fill the hole at DE. Either way it addresses a need at starter on our d-line which is way more important to me than a 2nd or 3rd wr.

  • Jeff

    Barret had 12 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss, and 3 blocked kicks… but he is a one year wonder who transferred from Nebraska-Omaha when they shut down there program. He is exactly what you are describing. A guy in the mold of Porter, Haggans, and Gildon who doesn’t pass the eye test or have the measurables most teams look for, but who fits our scheme and can be molded into a starter over a few years.

  • Steelers12328882

    Good deal!

  • DB84

    Summerville was released so he was not a ufa. That’s what matters. They also cut huff

  • Ike Evans

    BIZARRO WORLD MOCK DRAFT …lol put the MOCK In mock draft

    1. Zack Martin OT Notre Same
    2. Jason Verrett CB TCU
    3. Bishop Sankey Rb Washington
    4. Jordan zumwalt LB UCLA
    5.Logan thomas QB vtech
    5. Michael Sam DE Mizzou
    6. Mike Davis WR Texas
    7. Marqueston huff s Wyoming

    Traded a pick for Sam lol

  • dgh57

    Another QB?

  • Ike Evans

    Lol in bizzaro world

  • Steelers58

    Jeff been saying this for weeks now. Radek down about six spots. Pick up nix. This guy will be a stud for us. We will be able to dominate the line of scrimmage once again

  • dgh57

    Doesn’t matter as I still question it.

  • steelster

    I’m a steelers fan in Oregon and no way do the steelers want anything to do with Colt Lyerla.

  • Richard Edlin

    I thought you only received a compensatory pick for someone who was a free agent due to contract expiry?

    Dummervill was cut by the Broncos to avoid a roster bonus, not a contract expiry. Spears and Huff were both waived by Baltimore early in the season so don’t really count either. Canty does but that’s only 1 from 4 you name.

  • Richard Edlin

    As I understand it, free agency was about signing people off someone else’s squad following contract expiry and compensatory picks were introduced for having players signed off your squad. If the team terminates the contract, it’s not a free agency issue and so there’s no cause for compensation …

  • j m

    I still don’t understand the love for Dennard.
    A CB who runs a 4.5+ forty? In the first round?

  • Jeff

    Wow wasn’t expecting the 6th round pick… kinda makes up for the 5th we got instead of the 4th we were all praying for

  • RyanW

    Lol if we draft a DE in round 2 and not draft a WR till round 5 I would be livid

  • Shawn Winbush

    that’s not my view..it’s facts based on the compensatory process.

  • Bartholomew Wimer

    MOCK DRAFT w/ Compensatory Picks… and alternatives for each
    round

    1st CB Justin Gilbert OR CB Darqueze Dennard
    2nd WR Allen Robinson WR Davante Adams
    3C DT DaQuan Jones CB Louchiez Purifoy
    4th ILB Shayne Skov WR Jared Abbrederis
    5th DT Justin Ellis DE EdStinson
    5C OLB Shaquil Barrett ①
    6th WR/RB Dri Archer ② RB James Wilder Jr.
    6C SS Vinnie Sunseri CB Walt Atkins ③
    7th OLB Derrell Johnson WR Cody Hoffman

    ①This guy has a 7th round grade, but knowing Porter,
    he’s going to get in Colbert’s ear constantly for the next month. I’m
    sure by Tax Day Colbert will tell’em we’ll draft Shaq to shut him up.
    ② Todd Haley’s Wet Dream! Call him Rainey McCluster the 3rd.
    I don’t know why CBS’s player ranking had this kid so low, but if he’s
    available at this point we’re taking him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was
    taken in the 4th or 5th. He is lightning in a bottle.
    ③This guy has character issues. He was kicked off a team by Ron Zook! The same Zook who recruited all those felons during Florida’s run in the 00’s. Turns out he stole some computers, but I’m sure there was more to it if ‘Ron the Lovable Warden’ kicked him out. Otherwise he has ideal size and compares favorably to Keenan Lewis. If he keeps his nose clean he’s a steal. For my two cents, I’m happy that we stopped drafting immature kids after defecating the bed with them in ’12 (Adams, Ta’amu, Rainey).

  • Nolrog

    The compensatory process is very much guarded though. We only have guesses on how it works, but no facts on what actually happens.

  • Jason

    If we sign Blount rd 3 is too early for a Rb. I’d be doing backflips if we got Dennard and Tuitt though.

  • T R

    but you dont know the fact because you don’t really know the processs, the process is very guarded on how it works. but thanks for you view again..

  • T R

    exactly nolrog… but hey i take the 3 picks.. we shall just worry bout our porch

  • T R

    yeah i just dont understand how cause he was cut but hey… i know they happy about it.

  • T R

    hell he got 30 somethign mill aint that a good chuck for a Corner.

  • T R

    you go that right.. his draft went haywire after Dennard.

  • Jeff

    Figuring Gilbert is gone to Detroit before our pick, its down to either Dennard or Fuller and Dennard is ranked higher by just about everyone. The difference between his 4.51 and Fuller’s 4.49 is negligible. In a zone defense, you need physical tacklers more than you need pure cover guys and thus we won’t pay a premium price to trade up for a guy with speed.

  • Jeff

    If that happens I agree. I would then try to either trade up and get a mid 3rd rounder to draft a receiver like Moncrief from Mississippi, Adams from Fresno State, or Coleman from Rutgers

  • Jeff

    It’s a massive hole seeing as we have no starting LDE other than Cam Thomas who should be a NT. We have a #1 Wr, and 2 #3’s in Moore and Wheaton plus a TE who will catch 60 plus balls. Would I like a #2 or potential future #1 WR absolutely, its just not as big a need so I don’t think it will get addressed until later. Unfortunately the run on good receivers will most likely have them gone by our 3rd round comp pick, so unless someone falls to that spot or we swing a trade to get another 3rd round pick, I don’t see them reaching in the third or 4th when there are other valuable players at positions of need available

  • Sid

    Right but we didnt get crap for mendenhall? Ed reed was cut too wasnt he?

    Next year we get comp for ziggy, woods, cotchery, dwyer… nothing for woodley since we cut him and….. theres dead money on our books.

  • walter mason

    Could it be we got a 3rd rounder for Wallace because he wasnt replaced at WR but a 5th for Keenan because we signed Gay?