The full list of NFL compensatory picks for the 2017 NFL Draft were officially announced on Friday afternoon. As expected, the Eagles were not awarded a pick because, in simple terms, they signed more free agents than they lost.
How is this possible? Well, unlike before, compensatory picks are able to be traded now. And that Browns compensatory pick was promised to the Eagles in the Carson Wentz trade last year. The condition was that if the Browns got a fourth-round compensatory pick, it would be owed to the Eagles. If the Browns did not get a compensatory pick, the Eagles would instead receive Cleveland’s regular fifth-round selection.
The Browns ended up being the worst team in the NFL in 2016 (shocker), so this condition didn’t make a huge difference. Instead of getting a very early fifth (No. 145), the Eagles got a very late fourth (No. 139). So a difference of six spots.
Here’s an updated look at the Eagles’ eight draft picks in 2017.
2nd - No. 43
3rd - No. 74
4th - No. 119
4th - No. 139 (from the Cleveland Browns)
5th - No. 155
6th - No. 194
7th - No. 230
If you’re interested in looking at Eagles picks beyond the 2017 NFL Draft, click here.