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By: Mike Moraitis
The Tennessee Titans have gotten compensatory picks for the NFL draft in each of the last two seasons, but their streak of getting at least one is projected to end in 2023.
According to Nick Korte of Over the Cap, the Titans are not projected to receive any comp picks in 2023.
Basically, comp picks are received when a team loses more qualifying free agents than it brings in during an offseason. For reference, here’s how free agents qualify for the formula.
Compensatory Free Agent (“CFA”) shall be defined as an Unrestricted Free Agent (“UFA”) who: (i) signed with a new Club during the prior free agency signing period […] prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Monday following the NFL Draft for that League Year1 […]; and (ii) ranked within the top 35%2 of all League players […]. Clubs that lose to other Clubs a greater number of CFAs than they sign or acquire from other Clubs shall be eligible to receive a Compensatory Draft Selection in the College Draft to be held in the following League Year subject to the provisions set forth below.
With no comp picks, the Titans are set to hold a total of six selections in the 2023 NFL draft, including one in the first (No. 11), second (No. 41), third (No. 72), fifth (No. 147) sixth (No. 185) and seventh (No. 229) rounds.
Another way for a team to collect compensatory picks is to lose a minority employee to another team for either a head coach or general manager role.
An example of this was the Titans hiring Ran Carthon as their new general manager. With that move, the San Francisco 49ers now net a pair of third-round comp picks (one in 2024, one in 2025), but those picks don’t come from Tennessee, just to be clear.
The last time the Titans held the No. 11 overall pick was back in 2014 when they drafted Taylor Lewan. Tennessee may very well draft its next franchise left tackle with this year’s selection.
Originally posted on Titans Wire