At the NFL Owners Meeting on Monday, it was announced the Carolina Panthers would be receiving two compensatory picks. The team would be receiving one in the fifth round (pick 169) and the sixth round (pick 213).
Two days later that has changed and for the better for the Panthers as the sixth round pick has changed to a fifth round pick, moving up 39 spots to 174th overall. The Panthers will have nine picks next month in the NFL Draft and three of those picks will take place in a 13 pick window.
Compensatory picks are awards to teams between Rounds 3 and 7 and NFL teams can be awarded up to four in one draft. These picks are given to teams based on free agents they have lost as well as ones they have signed.
Last season the team lost a number of key players including Mike Mitchell, Captain Munnerlyn and wide receivers Domenik Hixon, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr., who has already made his way back to Carolina. The fact that the Panthers lost these many players in free agency and only brought in Antoine Cason, Jerricho Cotchery and Ed Dickson didn’t offset their losses and was the reason for the compensatory picks.