ORLANDO, Fla. – The Raiders were not awarded a compensatory pick in the 2014 NFL draft. The league announced the distributed of compensatory selections on Monday and the NFL owners meetings.
Compensatory picks are awarded to teams with a net loss of free agents when comparing those that left prior to 2013 to those who arrived. Teams are allowed a maximum of four.
Compensatory picks are positioned at the end of rounds 3-7 based on the calculated value of free agents lost. There is a total maximum of 32 selections given out.
The Raiders were found to have suffered a net loss, but their rating was No. 36 and therefore not eligible for one of the 32 selctions.
As the NFL puts it (beware, it’s a mouthful):
“Oakland, did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year but qualified for a compensatory pick because the compensatory free agents lost by the club were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified points differential based upon salary and playing time). Because such picks are awarded after all compensatory picks at the end of the seventh round have been made, Oakland’s pick effectively ranked 36th among all compensatory picks, so the club will not receive a selection.”