One of the most unknown aspects of the offseason for most football fans is how more than 32 picks end up being selected in certain rounds of the NFL Draft. Beyond the normal 32 from each team, the extra picks at the end of some of the later rounds are called “compensatory picks,” and for the first time in seven years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were awarded one of those compensatory picks by the NFL and will have an extra pick in the seventh round, pick No. 254

How the league awards compensatory picks has some subjectiveness to it, as it is not as definitive as a number system. But, the gist of it is: if a team loses more free agents than they sign in a certain offseason, they have a chance to be awarded extra draft picks, depending on how valuable said losses were individually, to cover their losses and maintain league-wide competitiveness.

Compensatory picks can range anywhere from third round picks to seventh round picks. How the league determines the value of a lost free agent depends on how much money they received in their contract, how much playing time they got with their new team and any individual accolades or postseason awards.

For the Bucs, this is how their compensatory seventh round pick came to fruition.

via OverTheCap.com

As you can see, the Bucs were awarded their compensatory pick via Bradley McDougald signing with the Seattle Seahawks and getting playing time when their secondary got banged up. Some Bucs fans thought Tampa Bay would get a higher compensatory pick when they lost quarterback Mike Glennon to such a big contract, but when Tampa Bay signed DeSean Jackson, that cancelled that higher pick out — see how this works?

There are more details that go into how compensatory picks are given out, as the league can only give out 32 per year and has to decide which ones to award — it’s not just the 32 highest ones.

But, for now, just know that the Bucs have an extra pick to work with in 2018.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. This just gives us another rookie mini camp and maybe a training camp body to fill one of the many training camp roster spots. I highly doubt we end up with a player that even ends up on the practice squad let alone makes any kind of an impact for the Bucs at any point in that future players career. To bad it wasn’t a higher pick but i understand now why it was not because our biggest loss turned out to not even be that big of a loss and who we got to replace Glennon contract wise didnt even preform up to what was expected of him in DeSean Jackson. I hope Jackson has better year for us in 2018 because we cold really use his playmaking ability but i have my doubts as Jameis and DeSean never got into a groove during the entire season. I am surprised DJax even had over 500 yards receiving.

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  2. At least it’s tradeable (if that’s a word) now. Looking forward to a time when we’ve drafted well enough and built enough depth that we’re getting 3rd’s and 4th’s instead of 7th’s.

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  3. If they hadn’t signed that bum Chris Baker they could’ve scored a 6th rounder too… What a waste!

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  4. If past is prologue the Bucs will bundle this pick and trade back into an earlier round. Comp picks can now be traded. If recent memory serves me well, I can’t remember a draft pick past the 5th round that has made a difference (help me out here recent memory is 4 or 5 weeks for an old dude like me, lol). Left guard Kevin Pamphile was a 5th round pick in 2014 and even though he’s a starter, some would say the jury is still out on Big Kev. I think this is the first comp pick the Bucs have had in a few years so let’s hope that it’s a good omen. Any pick is better than no pick albeit the one right before Mr. Irrelevant! Go Bucs!

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  5. Tandy, i believe, and then undrafted kids like Humphries,etc.
    I agree with your ‘trade up’ scenario, mac

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  6. I guess Im ok with trading out Mike Glennon and a possible 3rd rd compensatory pick in exchange for D.Jax.

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  7. Remember when PR kept telling us that Bucs didn’t want to deal Glennon because they felt they’d get a 3rd round compensatory pick? I never drank that Kool-Ade and said several times that was only if the Bucs didn’t sign any free agents. We should’ve traded him when we had the chance like the Patriots do.

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    • *Ding Ding Ding*

      Never “count” on compensatory picks. Especially when you’re a team with a lot of cap space.

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  8. It doesn’t happen to often but still have to hold out hope that we can get a 7th round pick like some of these guys; Gary Anderson, Marques Colston, Donald Driver, T.J Houshmanzedah, Brock Marion, Michael McCrary, Tom Nalen, SHANNON SHARPE.

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  9. So let me get this right; teams who are just over or at the top of the cap, are rewarded with extra draft picks when they have to let somebody go if they have needs elsewhere elsewhere or overpaid players?

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  10. Just another reason to refrain from signing free agents. Few times has that practice proved beneficial.

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  11. What to do is a real conundrum. The state of affairs Licht has left us with, at least as I see it, is:

    – We have one high quality DL starter who is about to run the tread off his tires.
    – We have one high quality OL starter who is currently playing out of position, and one other quality starter who is about to run the tread off his tires

    We could continue through the roster with just one quality starting coner (also at risk of running the tread off his tires), one decent RB starter etc.

    But sticking with just the lines and thinking a year ahead (i.e., the 2019 draft) we could easily be in a position where the two lineman mentioned above do in fact see their play/playing time degrade due to injury to the point where we have one high quality starter on the OL/DL – where we have to field NINE starters.

    Lineman have long careers. JW is young. If he really is our franchise QB we should be (should have been for the last few years, and yes after four drafts I completely blame Licht) putting the building blocks in place to enable a multi/many year run at the playoffs and another championship.

    Unfortunately The Glazer Toddlers are unlikely to understand this and will green-light Licht trying to save himself during the 2018 “make the turn or probably never get another GM gig again” season. (For that same reason I struggle to see L&C embrace the 3-4 defense, decisions are sadly usually made based on self-interest and Coach K knows he’s at risk of soon being an OC again).

    I empathize with posters who want to add splash players at positions other than the lines but if we don’t start overemphasizing the lines now we are going to be completely boned next year and playing catch-up and underachieving for years to come. Think about it – heading into the following year’s draft with one quality starter out of nine?!?!? If we spend one pick on the lines this year it would be two of nine…

    I’m not saying we need every position to be manned by top flight lineman but if we don’t start now we’ll have a lot more mediocre/poor lineman than very good/great ones and it will undermine everything else we try to do. Quality lineman don’t come up in FA often, there’s a reason for that and even if we used FA to make up the difference the cap hit from trying to fix Licht’s years of missteps on the lines would compromise our ability to retain skill players. Quite a hole he has dug for us…

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    • Agree 100% our offensive line needs to step up big time this upcoming season! I’m all for cutting J.R. Signing Justin Pugh (I mean his family just moved to Florida, probably Jags but still) and possibly Ja’Wuan James to play RT. Those two probably would go for 7-9 million for James and 9-11 million for Pugh.

      The Bucs have $71,196,463 million in cap space ($75,966,463 if we cut J.R) then taking out rookie estimated contracts of $7,987,744 we have $67,978,719. Leaves us plenty of space to sign those two guys to front loaded contracts and give Mike Evans a new deal (Jackson has no dead money next offseason). Our offensive is mostly fixed and then we can focus on best player in the draft…..Talking about the draft and watching Arden Key continually fall, think or better yet would you want us to take him at the start of day 2? Could walk away with a brand new defense in this case whether it is Key+Vea or Key+Minkah.

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      • Will, I wouldn’t look at all that Cap as bonus money as we are about to spend almost all of it now and the following 2 years on our own players. I think it’s time to stop what isn’t working which is paying multi millions to free agents not from our team. It’s time to trade our 1st round pick and obtain as many draft picks from it. We have too many needs and we can start by not drafting in the 1st round and have a few extra picks in rounds 2,3. Due to poor draftingthese last few years has us in this situation. Licht has traded up more than traded down and we’re paying for it.

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  12. Re: Djax and Jameis

    They have been working together on their own time this offseason according to reports.

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    Go Bucs!!!!

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    • Well hopefully they have. There were way to many times i had to walk out of the room after their misconnects.

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