Kansas City Chiefs: NFL Awards Four Compensatory Picks To Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

The personnel decisions John Dorsey made for the Kansas City Chiefs last season have paid off in the form of four compensatory picks from the NFL this year.

The Kansas City Chiefs will have plenty of resources in the 2017 NFL Draft. The team was just awarded four compensatory picks for this year’s draft. This give Kansas City ten total picks to work with in the draft, with four coming in the first three rounds.

Compensatory, or “comp”, picks are awarded based on the turnover of free agents from the year before. Teams are granted comp picks for losing quality free agents to other teams, while being unable to sign players considered at the same level. This is done as a way to maintain competitive balance in the league.

With the exception of Mitchell Schwartz, the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have any big free agent signings last year. Meanwhile, the team lost Sean Smith, Jeff Allen, Tyvon Branch, Donald Stephenson, and Chase Daniel. So it was widely believed that they would be rewarded with comp picks this year.

The additional picks bring an added bonus in 2017. This is the first year that teams are able to trade their comp picks. In past years, a team simply had to use their comp pick where it was awarded. Now they can be used as ammunition to put together trades. The Chiefs have been fairly aggressive in making trades that include draft picks, so be ready for something to happen.

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The Kansas City Chiefs now have a lot more options when it comes to the 2017 NFL Draft. Over the past couple of yeas, we have seen John Dorsey maximize these draft classes. So it will be interesting to see what he can put together this year. The Chiefs are getting to the point where they have a lot of veterans who will be tough to keep. So good drafting is absolutely key to continued success.