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Dallas Cowboys: What Compensatory Draft Picks Will They Get?

It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys lost some big names in last year’s free agency. Obviously, losing DeMarco Murray was the biggest name. But it should be said that the Cowboys also lost Jermey Parnell, Bruce Carter, Henry Melton, Justin Durant, and Dwayne Harris in free agency. Here’s a table of what compensatory draft picks a team receives regarding contract value:

3rd-round pick $8 million +
4th-round pick $5.5 million
5th-round pick $4.2 million
6th-round pick $2.5 million
7th-round pick $1 million

Now let’s look at a table that will compare the departed free agent’s salaries and which compensatory draft pick the Cowboys will likely receive:

DeMarco Murray 3rd-round pick $8.4 million
Jermey Parnell 4th-round pick $6.4 million
Bruce Carter 5th-round pick $4.3 million
Henry Melton 6th-round pick $3.75 million
Justin Durant 6th-round pick $3.6 million
Dwayne Harris 6th-round pick $3.5 million
George Selvie 7th-round pick $1.4 million

Obviously, if the Cowboys go out and spend quality money in free agency, then they will lose a couple if not all of their projected compensatory picks. However, the signing of Greg Hardy cancels out Murray’s compensated draft pick, the signing of Andrew Gachkar cancels out Harris’ compensated draft pick, and the signing of Darren McFadden cancels out Selvie’s compensated draft pick. With all of this being said, the Cowboys will be awarded an extra 4th-round pick and three extra 6th-round picks.

In today’s NFL, where cap space isn’t at a premium, teams have to win through the draft. The Seattle Seahawks are a prime example of a team that has successfully built themselves through the draft as well as sustaining themselves through the draft.

Over the past few years, the Cowboys have built themselves up for success for awhile. Players like Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, La’el Collins, Travis Frederick, Demarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, Sean Lee, and Byron Jones have all been drafted over the past five years, the exception being Collins, who would’ve been a first-round pick if he weren’t a wrongfully-accused suspect in the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

With more draft picks this year, the Cowboys will have a chance to not only win in 2016, but also set themselves up for success for the future as well. Will McClay, the man behind the Cowboys’ scouting department, will have himself some options to work with in April’s draft.

An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.

5 Comments
  • Stephen

    Your going to lose 1 for signing Hardy

  • jwalt

    What about the 5th rd compensatory pick for carter? Where does that cancel out?

  • http://www.pigskinhub.com/forum/index.php?forums/dallas-cowboys/ Jess Haynie

    How does the math work with Hardy given all the incentives? His base salary and original signing bonus didn't come close to Murray. Do they factor in what incentives he earned after the fact?

  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    My understanding is that there's a lot about the compensatory picks that remains a mystery. All you can do until they're actually awarded is guess.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    @Pigskin-Zac Pretty much. They keep the compensatory pick process pretty well guarded so you can only look at similar situations in the past and see what they did then. I'd bet Ryan got this at least 90% right though, just based on the sources he drew from and his knowledge of the process.

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