2014 NFL Draft: Houston Texans Awarded Three Compensatory Picks

The Houston Texans have been awarded three compensatory picks for the 2014 NFL draft, including a 4th round, 6th round and the very last pick in the 7th round. That's right folks, "Mr Irrelevant" will be a Houston Texan this year!

The Texans' ELEVEN picks for this 2014 NFL Draft:

ROUND ROUND
SELECTION
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
4 35 Compensatory
5 1
6 1
6 5 From Raiders (Matt Schaub)
6 35 Compensatory
7 1
7 41 Compensatory

That's eleven more players to help rebuild this roster!  We may see the Texans bundle some of their "non-compensatory" picks and trade up if they see a player they really want, or perhaps they will add to the stockpile by trading back in one or more rounds.  The scene is set for the Texans to use this draft to reinforce a core roster of great players going into this new era.

The complete list of compensatory picks for 2014:

TEAM ROUND OVERALL
SELECTION
STEELERS 3 97
PACKERS 3 98
RAVENS 3 99
49ERS 3 100
LIONS 4 133
RAVENS 4 134
TEXANS 4 135
LIONS 4 136
JETS 4 137
RAVENS 4 138
FALCONS 4 139
PATRIOTS 4 140
STEELERS 5 173
GIANTS 5 174
RAVENS 5 175
PACKERS 5 176
JETS 6 209
JETS 6 210
TEXANS 6 211
BENGALS 6 212
JETS 6 213
RAMS 6 214
STEELERS 6 215
COWBOYS 7 248
RAMS 7 249
RAMS 7 250
COWBOYS 7 251
BENGALS 7 252
FALCONS 7 253
COWBOYS 7 254
FALCONS 7 255
TEXANS 7 256

"Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.  The formula was developed by the NFL management Council.  Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula."  - NFL.com

The Texans lost the following players:

CB - Alan Ball
TE/FB - James Casey

No doubt Quin and Barwin carried the most value of the free agents on this list.  Many of us here at BRB were frustrated to see Quin leave Houston without a contract offer from Rick Smith.  His absence was further exacerbated by the #Bamboozled situation.

The Texans gained the following players:

S - Ed Reed

One of these is not like the others.  Punter Shane Lechler could easily be the MVP for the Texans last season, while Greg Jones was mostly invisible as the team's fullback.  To even suggest that the Texans were able to measure any value for gaining Ed Reed is beyond ridiculous.  Furthermore, the Jets do not have him listed as a player gained in this formula.  He provided more value to them than he did the Texans!  Such is the way of the NFL I suppose.

Total picks awarded to each team for 2014:

4 - Ravens
4 - Jets
3 - Falcons
3 - Cowboys
3 - Texans
3 - Rams
2 - Bengals
2 - Lions
2 - Packers
1 - Giants
1 - 49ers

The Ravens and Jets really benefited in the compensatory stockpile this year, but the Texans didn't do too bad with three.  Getting the fifth pick in the sixth round from the Raiders for Matt Schaub was a lot better than just cutting him, so overall I am pretty happy with the opportunity the Texans have available going into this draft.  Sound off below with your thoughts of this treasure trove of picks the Texans will have available to build up the roster with young new talent.





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