Barring any trades between now and the end of April, the Carolina Panthers will have only six draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft after not being awarded any compensatory draft picks.
Every year, the NFL will give teams additional draft picks, between Rounds 3 and 6, comparing how much talent they lost in free agency versus gained from the previous offseason. The formula to determine picks was created by the NFL Management Council and takes into account salary, playing time and postseason honors.
In free agency last year, the most notable player the Panthers lost was defensive end Greg Hardy however they made up for that loss with the additions of players like Michael Oher, Ted Ginn Jr. and Kurt Coleman.
The Panthers have had some success as of late with compensatory picks. Last year, the team received two compensatory draft picks, both in the fifth round. They used those picks to select linebacker David Mayo and running back Cameron Artis-Payne, who both saw some playing time as rookies.
This was the first time the team received any picks since 2012, when the team used their sixth round pick on Brad Nortman. He was the team's punter for the past four years but signed a new four-year contract this week with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
For a full list of the teams that received compensatory picks, click here.