And now it’s official: The NFL announced Monday afternoon the Jets would get an additional fourth-rounder plus three sixth-rounders as compensation for free agents they lost during last year’s offseason.
General manager John Idzik has made it clear he intends to build the Jets for the long term through the draft. With the four additional picks, the Jets will have a total of 12 choices at their disposal for the May 8-10 draft: one of their own for all seven rounds, plus the fourth-rounder they got from the Bucs for whatshisname the cornerback, plus the four they were awarded Monday.
As The Jets Blog predicted back in December, the Jets netted the four compensatory picks because they lost Yeremiah Bell, Mike DeVito, Shonn Greene, Dustin Keller, LaRon Landry, and Matt Slauson last year in free agency, while gaining Antwan Barnes and Mike Goodson.
Compensatory picks, which will be made at the end of rounds three through seven, are determined through a secret formula based on salary, playing time, and postseason honors. They cannot be traded, though the Jets certainly are free to trade any of their eight other selections. Four is the maximum number of compensatory picks a team can receive.
The Jets got pick No. 100 from the Bucs. As a result of the compensatory picks they received, they will also have Nos. 137, 209, 210, and 213.
In the first round, the Jets have pick No. 18.
They will have one pick each in the first three rounds, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, four in the sixth, and one in the seventh.
Thirteen teams were awarded a total of 32 compensatory picks this year. The Jets and Ravens were the only teams to max out by earning four selections.
NFL draft 2014: Jets officially have 12 picks – The Star-Ledger