The NFL announced that the Carolina Panthers have been awarded one compensatory draft choice in the 2012 NFL Draft. Carolina will receive the 207th overall pick in the 6th round. The Panthers now have 7 picks in the upcoming draft. The Panthers also have picks in the first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, and 7th rounds. Their third round pick was traded to the Chicago Bears for tight end Greg Olsen.
Last year, in free agency the Panthers lost tight end Jeff King, cornerback Richard Marshall and quarterback Matt Moore; they signed defensive tackle Ron Edwards and kicker Olindo Mare. A team is awarded compensatory draft picks when they lose more or higher quality free agents in the previous free agency period.
Compensatory draft picks are determined by a formula – developed by the NFL Management Council, that is based on salary, playing time and playoff awards. Not every free agent lost by a team results in a compensatory pick.
Teams are not allowed to trade compensatory picks, but the Panthers will be glad to have one more pick to shore up a woefully bad defense from last year. Ron Rivera will surely be pleased to have one more option going into training camp, and who knows if this 6th round pick won’t turn into a great player.
On a relevant note, the Rant Sports Mock Draft will be upcoming in the next couple weeks, and who knows what will be in store for the Panthers with the 9th overall pick in the 2012 Draft?