Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Guesses Team Will Receive Just Two Compensatory Draft Picks

The Pittsburgh Steelers could very well find out Monday at the NFL owners’ meetings in Orlando, FL just how many compensatory draft picks they will have for the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, but as of Sunday, general manager Kevin Colbert still isn’t quite sure how many to expect.

According to Mike Prisuta of DVE Radio, Colbert told him on Sunday that his guess is that the team will receive a “significant pick” as compensation for the loss of wide receiver Mike Wallace last offseason and potentially a fourth-round pick for cornerback Keenan Lewis.

“It’s a real complicated formula based on net free agents lost versus gained, the money that was spent and then all their production put together,” Colbert explained. “We try to predict it but actually we’ve gotten more picks than I’ve predicted in the past.

“We’ll find out (on the compensatory picks) I guess on Tuesday or Wednesday. I don’t know (exactly) when.”

If the league follows the same schedule as they did last year at this same time, we all should find out what the compensatory picks are on Monday, but that’s not set in stone.

Colbert is right to expect a third round pick for Wallace, but outside of that it becomes unclear as to whether or not the loss of Lewis last offseason will return a fourth or fifth round pick. In addition, there’s an outside chance that the loss of Ryan Mundy might produce a seventh-round pick.

The league has never released the formula used for determining compensatory draft picks, but we do know one thing and that’s that the new CBA only allows for a total of 32 compensatory picks at most to be handed out. Last year there were exactly 32 that were awarded to 16 teams with the Steelers receiving just one.

  • Ray

    There is always 32. If they don’t have teams that get picks they just award picks based on the first round order. But there are 32 additional picks

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yup. And the league won’t tell anyone how they come up with it because they are making it up as they go along. Much like what penalties they call and fines and suspensions. It’s all way to subjective.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    It would help the Steelers immensely if they get a 4th round pick for Keenan Lewis.

  • NW86

    I agree 100%.

  • srdan

    Great point. In a draft like this one, 3rd and foruths are needed.

  • AndyR34

    Well…then you can be certain that GODell will make sure we don’t get more than one.

  • steeltown

    Would be awesome to get a 3rd and 4th Rder

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I think they deserve a third for him too a fourth for mendy and a seventh for mundy wich i hope evens out with our fa pick was gradowski/ or whimper

  • Will Hammer

    At least a 3-and a fourth .

  • Melly

    how do they determine the order after they decide the picks?? is it based on record or the value of that lost player??

  • Josh Gustad

    What round do you think we will get for Mike Wallace?